These hyperrealistic 3D tattoos will make you look twice
New Hampshire tattoo artist Jesse Rix’s specialty is 3D tattoos. Rix combines nature and realism to create stunning, hyperrealistic tats, many of which look more like optical illusions because of his combination of line work, shading and geometry.
One back tattoo the artist did is otherworldly. It looks as though the person’s back has been carved into skin-like, hexagon-shaped segments.
Hoping to get back to work soon! To get on email list, To get on the email list for when the books open, travel dates/rates, to see my own concepts and for future announcements, you can now just click on the link in my bio, go to email list, and subscribe! Tattoo was done using @inkjecta @eternalink @stencilstuff @redemptiontattoocare
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At the center the segments start to dissipate to reveal an idyllic scene. In it a man rows a boat on a lake surrounded by trees. There’s a mountain range in the distance surrounded by a dark purple and blue night sky.
Like much of his work, the tattoo is an eye-catching juxtaposition between the natural and unnatural. Unsurprisingly, Rix is influenced by surrealists like Salvador Dalí and M.C. Escher.
“I’m trying to represent that mindset when you enter into a REM sleep or a dreamlike state and your subconscious comes to the forefront,” Rix told My Modern Met.
In a different video, Rix tattooed his friend Jeff’s chest. Similar skin-like hexagons appear to part open to reveal a cyborg-like aesthetic.
Sometimes I get to tattoo friends. Don’t know how my buddy Jeff escaped getting one of my first tattoos 16+ years ago but I’m glad he did 😂 To get on the email list for when the books open, travel dates/rates, to see my own concepts and for future announcements, email firstname.lastname@example.org I only have a few more emails to send out to fill this past booking period. Thanks to everyone who applied if you did t receive an email yet I will be sending out the final ones this week. Tattoo was done using @inkjecta @eternalink @stencilstuff @redemptiontattoocare @saniderm and @kwadron
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Rix is so skilled he creates the appearance of a second layer of hexagons that resembles metal parts. At the center of Jeff’s chest there’s a flower shape with a blue galaxy swirling in it. The tattoo looks like something a character would have in a sci-fi movie.
It’s not all about hexagons though.
To get on the email list for when the books open, travel dates/rates, to see my own concepts and for future announcements, email email@example.com tattoo was done using @inkjecta @eternalink @redemptiontattoocare @stencilstuff
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Rix makes it look like a person’s tattooed arm has been dissected into square chunks. To show off the realism in the photo, Rix pretends to grab one of the pieces with his fingers. The optical illusion is not for the faint of heart!
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