Realistic tattoos, also known as hyper-realistic, take realism to a whole new level with shading used to give a 3D effect.

Unsurprisingly, realistic tattoos are hugely popular at our Bondi Junction studio and all of our artists thoroughly enjoy creating beautiful realistic tattoos for our happy customers. It’s important to note that if you would like a specific image tattooed on you, you must have a high-resolution photo of the image. If you don’t have a high-resolution image, please look for some alternatives to bring into the studio with you for your consultation as we may not be able to use the lower-quality image

In realistic tattooing, we use shading and depth to try and fool the eyes that we are looking at a three dimensional picture rather than a flat image.

This style of tattoo is immensely popular today and requires a great deal of commitment from both the client and the artist. Realistic tattooing is one of the more time-consuming styles of tattooing; since the artist has to constantly cross check the reference photos against the clients’ skin.

Realistic style tattoos are suitable for portraits, animals or even normal everyday objects such as compasses or pocket watches. These tattoos always look very impressive when they have just been tattooed, but we advise you to make sure your tattoo artist has pictures of healed tattoos in their portfolio as the finished tattoo can look drastically different. As tattoo artists, we have a responsibility to take certain precautions to make sure the tattoo is structured in such a way that it will stand the test of time. Generally speaking, realistic tattoos that contain no black outline or lack sufficient contrast will not age well.

We use the darkest of all black pigments in our tattoos to ensure that as the tattoo inevitably fades slightly over time, the colour and shading are held together by a skeleton of black pigments. Given that the outline is the foundation of any tattoo, think of it like the foundation of a house – if the foundation is not solid the whole house will crumble.