Tattooing is an ancient practice with roots around the world, from the British Isles to the Pacific. Thanks to modern developments in technology (and sanitation), tattoos are more intricate and vibrant than ever. While some prefer to work with more traditional styles, some artists are pushing the limits of tattoo art to create photorealistic images right on skin.
One such artist is St. Petersburg-based tattoo artist Valentina Ryabova, who creates stunningly lifelike portraits. Her work includes portraits of celebrities and famous scenes from movies, as well as animals and portraits of loved ones. Each piece features eye-catching color and painstaking detail. She works in her Russian hometown, as well as at conventions all over the world. Here’s a sampling of her work:
If you’re not in her area, you can still keep up with Ryabova via her Instagram to see more of her work.