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15 3-D Tattoos That Stand Out From The Crowd

Step up your tat game while bringing your ink design to life with 3-D tattoos, using optical illusions that are so mind-boggling. These 16 designs are totally #tattoogoals!

A Chest Orb

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This 3-D chest piece by @jesse_rix totally messes with our minds — in a good way! This realistic piece took 10.5 hours to complete. Talk about patience!

Photo: @jesse_rix| Instagram

Hollow From The Other Side

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One glance at this 3-D leg tattoo from @aceofspadesta2, and we totally could believe that it's hollowed out. We'd even wear shorts in the winter with a design this cool.

Photo: @aceofspadesta2| Instagram

Tri, Tri, Again

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Simple designs can still pack a serious punch when tattooed in a 3-D design. These upside down triangles from @ari__tattoo are super edgy.

Photo: @ari__tattoo | Instagram

Missing Piece

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There's nothing more satisfying than putting the last piece of the puzzle in, and this tattoo from @praxistattoomadrid shows just how true that can be — even when it only looks real!

Photo: @praxistattoomadrid | Instagram

Be A Star(fish)

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This miniature starfish from @mini_tattoos_worldwide is a definite yes from us. We love the placement, the design, and how totally real it looks!

Photo: @mini_tattoos_worldwide | Instagram

Heart Of The Ocean

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We're not sure if @natli1986 meant to, but this 3D tattoo bears an uncanny resemblance to Rose's Heart of the Ocean pendant in the Titanic — just a few times larger!

Photo: @natli1986 | Instagram

Hokey 'Poke'y

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TBH, this design from @picstattoo971 is gorgeous, but we're glad those thorns can't poke us IRL!

Photo: @picstattoo971 | Instagram

Nature's Finest

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These bold, 3-D tattoos from @tattoo.ankh of some of nature's prettiest features reminds us so much of the outdoors, that we feel like we're getting a little Vitamin D just looking at it!

Photo: @tattoo.ankh | Instagram

Rose Garden

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We are totally in love with the size and placement of this 3-D rose tattoo from @jorge_tattooink. It looks like we could just pick it right up, and put it in a vase!

Photo: @jorge_tattooink | Instagram

Gimme A Break

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No one said 3-D tattoos had to be so serious. This @inkedand4wesome is making us salivate just thinking about having a Kit-Kat for ourselves!

Photo: @inkedand4wesome | Instagram

Petal Faster

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We will probably never understand how @vgonczhair created this trippy, totally-realistic tat, but that's fine by us. We'll just be sitting here and admiring it the rest of the day anyway.

Photo: @vgonczhair | Instagram

All-Seeing Eye

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We'd be lying if we said we wouldn't be minorly freaked out by seeing this massive eyeball from @israeldouglastattoo tattooed on a forearm IRL. But we can simultaneously appreciate how freaking cool it is.

Photo: @israeldouglastattoo | Instagram

Back To Basics

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This 3-D butterfly from @chitaotatuagem looks like nature came straight to her. Who knows? Maybe she's actually a modern-day Snow White!

Photo: @chitaotatuagem | Instagram

Eight-Legged Love

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Okay yes, so it might take awhile to get used to having a massive arachnid on your collarbone, like @vixxenn does. But imagine how fun it would be to mess with people!

Photo: @vixxenn | Instagram

Carvings

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We could honestly stare at this trippy tattoo from @ari__tattoo all day long. The shading, design, and placement are all just so perfect.

Photo: @ari__tattoo| Instagram

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