Realism or photorealism is a technique that results in artwork that looks like a photograph or a real life 3D object. … Realistic tattoos are inspired by the realism art movement which spawned in France in the 1850s.
The two basic styles of realism tattoo art are black and grey realism and color realism. Black and grey just like the name suggests, only utilizes black and grey ink, creating effects akin to a black and white photo. Black and grey is by far the easier of the two styles to master.
What type of imagery can be done in the realism style?
When it comes to picking an image for a photorealistic tattoo, the sky is the limit! Pretty much anything that can be seen or captured on film can be turned into the perfect tattoo by an experienced artist.