Although 3D technology used to be considered a novelty, these days you can see almost any film that hits your local movie theater in three dimensions for only a few extra bucks. While the whole 3D fad may sound like old news, however, we assure you that there are a few art forms in which the use of 3D technology is still pretty impressive. While you might not think much of being offered the chance to see a 3D movie, or a 3D piece of artwork, these 3D tattoos are pretty awesome to behold.
A tattoo parlor might not be the first place you’d expect to see a bunch of cool 3D artwork, but there are tons of great 3D tattooists out there. We’ve put together a collection of killer 3-D tattoos that’ll knock your socks off. These 3D tats are not only impressive because of their realism and intricacy, but also because the artist was able to create the illusion that the tattoo is coming to life – without the need for 3D glasses. Check out the wide range of pieces that these tattoo artists have been able to work their 3D magic into. An extra dimension can transform a normal butterfly into an impressively realistic piece of inked art. Adding a three-dimensional look to a tattoo can also add a surprisingly gruesome edge to pieces that look like they’re bursting right through the client’s skin. Whether your aesthetic falls more in line with the whimsical, or leans a bit more on the side of bold, dramatic, hardcore tattoo design, we guarantee that there’s something for everyone in this awesome collection of 3D tattoos.
This 3D Cut-Out Leg Design
This Butterfly Looks Like It Could Really Fly Away
This Intricate Homage to the Mayan Empire
This Guy Wears His Values on His Sleeve
This Trippy Optical Illusion Tattoo
This Antique Map Was Found Underneath the Skin of His Shoulder
This Human Is Clearly a Robot in Disguise
This Nerve-Wracking Back Piece
This Corset Back Tattoo Is So Lifelike, It’s Actually a Little Creepy
This Bashful Butterfly Just Landed There, Obviously
Bluer Skies Lie Beneath Her Skin
We Found the Missing Piece of the Puzzle!
This Radical Rabbit Hole Ink Will Suck You into a Vortex
This Steampunk Back Tattoo Is the Perfect Combination of Sci-Fi and Mechanics
A Secret Identity Slip-Up
This Creepy White-Ink Tattoo Is Extra Terrifying
He’ll Never Have to Search for His Lost Pen Again
This Zip-Up Sleeve Is Just Too Realistic
A Bear Seems to Have Left Quite an Impression on His Leg
His Arm Looks Like It Could Actually Inject You with Venom
A Guitar That You Can Carry With You, Wherever You Go
This Realistic-Looking Transformer Skeleton
This Cool 3D Compass
This Realistic Button-Up Bust Tat
This Guy Knows How Hard-Headed He Can Be
The Third Eye Is Always Watching …
Give the Appearance That You’re Breastfeeding Long After Your Kids Have Grown Up
This Lifelike Lizard
A Photographer Should Always Be Camera Ready, Right?
This Creepy Kid Is Giving You Nightmares Already
This 3D Shoulder Tat Really Nailed It!
This Badass Brick Back Piece
This Sneaky Snake
This Nightmare-Inducing Metal-Lined Skull