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The Internet Is Losing It Over These 3-D Tattoos

We’ve seen some interesting approaches to tattoos lately. Stick-and-poke continues to be on the rise, and black-out designs are on the up-and-up. Now, another ink concept is (quite literally) popping up: 3-D tattoos.
Portland artist Dave (who goes by the name Winston the Whale) is catching the attention of Instagram users with his trippy, red-and-blue creations. But they’re not quite like the eerily realistic illusions we’ve seen before (if you google “3-D tattoos,” you’ll see what we mean); they’re a bit more playful.
Dave told The Huffington Post that he started out doing stick-and-poke tattoos, and that the 3-D concept began at the request of a client. ¡°I suggested a simple skull,” he said. “He asked me if it was possible to do it in red and blue like a 3-D image, and I figured it was worth a shot to at least try it.¡± The image blew up on Instagram, and he decided to continue the concept.
“It¡¯s really about delivering something that is stripped down to the basics for maximum impact,” he told The Huffington Post. ¡°People only really look at an image for a second or two, and these little 3-D designs capture their attention for just the right amount of time.¡±
Click through to check out some of Dave’s work in action ¡ª no 3-D glasses required. In fact, Dave said they don’t work when it comes to viewing 3-D images on the skin, to the disappointment of many (read: this beauty editor). “Unfortunately, there are several factors to making an anaglyph image effective and the contour of the body, skin tone, color overlap, etc….negate the actual anaglyph 3-D effect,¡± he explained. Sigh.

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