The tattoo style known as Realism was inspired by the Realism Art Movement in the 1850’s. The movement was brought on by people who were tired of the art of the Romantic Period of France’s art since the late 1800’s. Where the Romanticism style exaggerated emotional and drama the Realistic style focused on common objects, people, and situations.
Types of Realism Tattoos
There are several different types of tattoos that can be considered a realism style. Animals, nature scenes, and portraits are all common elements of a realism style tattoo.
Using different scales of colors or different shades of grey, the goal of any realism tattoo is to look as natural as possible, as if you weren’t looking at a tattoo but the actual item depicted. Where some artists specialize in black and grey realism, at Omega Point Tattoo our artist can also use color to give a further realistic feel to the tattoo.
Realism Portrait Tattoos
Portraits are a subject matter of the realism category. Most commonly thought of as tattoos of the human face, be it a loved one or just a person that you admire. Using a photo of the person you’re wanting to have immortalized on your body. Portraits are a great way of remembering a loved one that is no longer around or one that has just come into the world.
Portrait tattoos also can be expanded into pets. Many people love their animals, often more than most humans. After an animal has passed on a photo of your furry, feathered or scally friend can be turned into a tattoo.
Another use some find is a landscape or a place they have visited that has left a deep and profound mark on their lives. These can also be used in a realistic way to create a beautiful tattoo.
Portrait tattoos usually carry heavy, personal, and often profound meaning to the person wearing it. It is a tattoo that if done correctly can catch peoples’ eyes. They are very difficult to pull off and require a great deal of skill to execute. That is why it is important to seek out an artist with a strong portfolio representing examples of realistic tattoos. Keep in mind these types of tattoos have size restraints. You cannot do a realism tattoo too small. As they age, details in the eyes for example will bleed together and not look very flattering. Below are some other considerations.
Considerations before getting Realism Tattoo
If you are interested in a realism style tattoo here are a few things to consider or have ready:
- Is it going to be in color, or black and grey?
- Do you have a high-res photo of the tattoo or able to get one?
- Where will you be getting the tattoo?
- Is this your first tattoo?
All of these questions can help the artist in determining how to go about the tattoo and if the session needs to be broken into multiple visits, or if the portrait style is for you.