Gone are the days when only sailors and convicts got tattoos. Now, the art form has grown exponentially in popularity, and it has been estimated that one in three young adults currently has an inking of some sort. What’s more is that tattoos are only expected to get more popular.The increased popularity of tattoos has led to huge improvements in the industry. Never again will people only be forced to select from flash sheets of Tinkerbells and tribal designs, now you can get just about anything realistically inked onto your body if you go to the right artist.And that includes mind-boggling 3D designs. Here are 16 of the best…
1. The vortex goes on forever
This tattoo is straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Game of chess, anyone?!
2. The longer you stare, the more confusing it gets
It’s the eye that plays with your perception!
3. “Hey dude, are you okay?!”
Oh wait, it’s not a nasty bear attack. Just an awesome 3D tattoo.
4. When art and reality become one
This tattoo is so well done that it’s hard to believe it’s not a painting.As it stands, there are currently over 20,000 tattoo parlors in the United States, and a new one is being opened each and every single day. It’s clear that the younger generation has moved away from the older generation’s association of tattoos with criminality!
5. Perfect for any Halloween enthusiast
With creepy 3D tattoos, you can be spooky all year round.
6. Her leg looks wooden
I bet this is a real head-turner in the summer months!
7. Now she’ll never miss a photo opportunity again
8. How to freak out strangers
If you didn’t know better, you’d assume that this guy had a very nasty injury. Although the zip is a bit of a giveaway.
It’s no secret that getting a tattoo is painful. However, these days, if you’ve got a low pain tolerance, you can invest in antiseptic cream to ease the pain of having your skin pierced up to 3,000 times a minute. Yes, tattoo machines really are that fast!
9. This one is really the stuff of nightmares
So it’s definitely not a tattoo for anyone who has got an in irrational fear of dolls. Check out those sunken eyes…
10. The detail is impeccable
Although, admittedly, this would look a bit odd if she decided to wear a low-cut top.
11. This butterfly is about to take flight
And to think that this 3D tattoo wouldn’t work without its well-placed shadow!
12. “Have you got a pen?”
Oh, wait. I see it now.Historically, many popular tattoo designs had specific meanings. Dragon tattoos were typically only inked on people to symbolize the fact that they had visited China. Whereas King Neptune or turtle tattoos symbolized that a person had crossed the equator.
13. She’s seeing double
While most employers have become more accepting of tattoos, I think a tattoo this extreme would harm your career prospects!
14. “Dude, I think there’s something wrong with your arm…”
I bet people ask this guy if they can touch his tattoo all of the time!
15. “Hey, brick head!”
The insults this guy must get for his strange, albeit incredibly well-done, 3D tattoo must be endless.
16. “There’s a spider on your arm!”
Wait, what?! That’s a tattoo. Impressive stuff.So there you have it, 16 of the most jaw-dropping tattoos in the world. Have any of these inspired you to get inked? If so, check out this video of 10 of the best celebrity tattoos. Money is no object for the world’s biggest stars, so they’ve got some seriously impressive tattoos!