What’s better than women and tattoos? Tattoos of female portraits. Yup, that’s right.
The most common style in classic portraits is black and white, however, color portraits have reached their peak popularity thanks to reality shows such as Ink Master and LA Ink. The style is called Photo Realism or hyper-realis both of which are inspired by the Realism Art Movement which was launched in France in the 1850s which focused on common objects and ordinary people. Portrait tattoos are extremely difficult and not all tattooers are capable of doing them. To transform a photograph stencil into an actual tattoo takes an eye for detail, patience, experience and hours to complete.
A lot of people get portrait tattoos as a remembrance or tribute tattoo to a loved one or an animal that had much meaning to their life. When you choose to honor someone with a permanent image on your body, the most important aspect is finding the right person for the job. Doing your research is key here, you don’t want to end up with a portrait of a loved one who looks nothing like that photograph. Remember, it’s there permanently. Look for someone who specializes in realism and review their portfolio
The 2nd most important aspect of realism tattoos is Size & Placement. What sets a well-executed realistic portrait tattoo apart from an ok portrait tattoo is the level of detail, so its best to provide a reference that is large enough to capture these details. Digital photos work best as a reference but a standard 8 x 11 will do it.
The next item to consider would be the placement of the tattoo. Arms, back, and legs are a great location for a portrait tattoo since the area is flat and although skin changes and stretches, these usually stay intact.
To give you an example of the level of quality you can get in a portrait tattoo, here is a selection of 26 amazing tattoos of female portraits
The first one on the list is done by tattoo artist Ado Adoniss. A mesmerizing black and white piece covering an arm.
This color portrait is beautifully wrapping around the arm and hand, done by tattoo artist Allen Brunn.
A classic black and white portrait, like a photograph. Executed by tattoo artist Sando Sergiozhev.
This is a nice combo of black and white with some color highlights. Done by tattoo artist Brandon Albust.
This dreamy site profile, done in black & white, is executed by tattoo artist Butenko Serik.
This smooth black & white portrait of a woman covering her eyes is done by tattoo artist Kata Hollasova.
Look at her eyes. Everything is so detailed, from the reflection of the eyes to her teeth. Done by tattoo artist Daniel Luzardo.
However that saying goes, people can see with their backside, is true in this one. Black & white work done by tattoo artist Ezequiel Viapiano.
Portraits don’t have to do all black & white all the time, sometimes a dash of color works just fine. Done by tattoo artist Giovanni Cozza.
A dreamy black & white portrait of a woman intertwined with different elements, you can get lost looking at it. Done by tattoo artist Damian Gorski.
Here’s another color portrait. Done by tattoo artist Joe Miller.
This one is another black & white portrait, quite interesting, it’s simple yet bit complex. Done by tattoo artist Miguel Duque Medina.
This one is not just one female portrait, but quite a few women all intertwined and all done in color, wrapped around the arm. Done by tattoo artist Kamil Mocet Terczynski.
A complex black & white portrait, mixed with some geometric elements, done by tattoo artist Martin Couley.
Another dreamy black & white female portrait with a grey wash, done by tattoo artist Michael D’Agostini.
This black & white female portrait is quite interesting, since it has a vintage vibe, mixed with some polka trash but it also reminds of an old black & white movie. Done by tattoo artist Mirko Ponti.
A stunning black & white site profile of a female portrait, done by tattoo artist Marc Roy.
A lot of black work with some geometric elements bring out the stunning nature of this black & white portrait, done by tattoo artist Ozone Ofk.
Dark, but with contrast is this black & white female portrait, done by tattoo artist Silvano Fiato.
This black & white female portrait, looks like the artist literally glued the photograph to his client. Although, more on the darker spectrum, the pop of color in the background makes the black & white pop more and adds contrast. Also done by Silvano Fiato.
Another one of a simple black & white female portrait, done by Silvano Fiato.
Another vibrant color portrait of a female, done by tattoo artist Vasilli Suvorov.
This color female portrait has quite a lot going on, the details of the tattoos and flowers in the hair are well executed. Done by tattoo artist Szalai Tibor.
Although the space on the hand is limited, this black & white female portrait fits just fine. Done by tattoo artist Tom Farrow.
This is another black & white portrait done by Tom Farrow.
This one is another color/black & white combo with red and orange hues to make the black & white stand out more. Done by tattoo artist Tsvetomir Tsvyatkov.