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Monday, May 21, 2012

Anatomy tattoos

Anatomical tattoos (or anatomy tattoos) are a relatively new trend in the tattoo fashion. They are 3d tattoos based on optical illusions, quite similar to the biomechanical tattoos. The most important difference between the two categories is the main theme of the design: various parts of the human anatomy versus mechanical and robotic components mixed with allien-like tissues that are enhanced by natural systems in the human body in the case of biomechanical tattoos.

The tattoo artist must have must have advanced knowledge of anatomy, because these tattoos mimic the contours of muscles and bones, following the human musculoskeletal system. The point of these tattoos is to appear natural or even possible, to be believable and realistic (they don't need to be actually plausible, but must appear so). Because of this, placement is an essential component of these tattoos. The tattoo must be placed over the correct joints and muscles in order to look as believable as possible. Furthermore, the tattooer must be able to blend the tattoo into the normal, un-tattooed skin. If the tattoo looks like a sticker or out of place then the entire effect is ruined, even if the actual tattoo is nicely executed. These tattoos are only successful when they appear to trick the eye, known as a trompe l'oeil in artistic terms.

The most popular themes for the anatomy tattoos are:
- the human skeleton (especially the bones of the back, the ribs, the wrists and the ankles)
- the muscles (especially the arm muscles and the leg muscles)
- various organs (the heart, the brain, etc)
- scars (like post operative scars or Frankenstein-like scars)
- the blood circulatory system


3d tattoo of the muscles and tendons covering the arm
Anatomical tattoo (muscles and tendons) covering the entire arm

3d tattoo creating the illusion that the skin is ripped and the arm's muscles and tendons are visible
Anatomical tattoo depicting the muscles and the tendons of the arm

3d tattoo creating the illusion that the skin is ripped and the arm's muscles are visible
Anatomical tattoo (muscles and tendons) covering the shoulder and the arm

3d anatomical tattoo on the upper arm
Anatomical tattoo covering the upper arm

3d tattoo: the anatomy of the human hand
3d tattoo: the skeleton of the human hand

examples of hearts tattoos
heart tattoo

anatomical tattoo on the leg
anatomical tattoo on the leg

anatomical tattoo covering the shoulder and the arm
3d anatomical tattoo on the arm

3d brain tattoo covering the head
3d tattoo: a human brain

realistic 3d tattoo: the foot's skeleton
anatomical tattoo: the skeleton of the human foot

3d scar tattoo on the foot
Anatomical tattoo: scar tattoo

3d tattoo creating the illusion that the skin is ripped and the ribs are revealed
3d tattoo creating the illusion that the skin is ripped off and the ribs are revealed

3d tattoo: ribs and the heart
3d tattoo depicting a giant heart inside an empty body

Frankenstein-like scar tattoo which creates the illusion that the arm was attached to the body
Scar tattoo which creates the illusion that the arm was attached to the body (like in Frankenstein)

anatomical tattoo: the spine and the ribs are revealed under the ripped skin
anatomical tattoo: the spine and the ribs are revealed under the ripped skin

anatomy tattoo: the human hand's skeleton
Anatomical tattoo: the human hand's skeleton

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