What are realism tattoos? Realism (or photorealism style) tattoos are designs meant to look as convincing as a photographed image. Mastering this technique on paper is difficult in itself, but taking those same principles and applying them to skin is something artists spend years of dedicated practice to master! This is why it’s always a good idea to choose your tattoo artist wisely when you are considering getting a tattoo in this particular style.

Micro Realism in tattoo is a direct descendant of realism, but with an emphasis on miniaturization of the image. This is one of the most difficult styles of modern tattooing, requiring incredible precision and professionalism from the artist. Work in Micro Realism is most often performed with the smallest configurations of needles. It is also important to remember that a tattoo in Micro Realism requires careful maintenance, both during the healing period and after it.