Realistic tattoos most commonly depict portraits or landscapes that mimic the fine detail of a photograph. Artists and tattoo collectors tend to prefer doing these pieces in black and grey, as it can be really difficult to capture the colors of a photograph and the tones of black and grey provide significant depth to a tattoo. The style is also called photo-realism and not all tattoo artists are able to master this style.
One of the qualities of a good realism tattoo is the fine attention and patience with details. Not everybody can master the patience needed to create these works of art – Luckily Eugene, Primal Ink’s head tattooist, is a master at realistic tattoos.