Inside: Portrait Tattoo

What is a portrait tattoo?

Portrait tattoos are more than just an image on the skin.  They are designed specifically to look like a photograph or portrait. They incorporate a sense of realism and memory.  They can portray a wide variety of subjects and provide a lasting memory for the wearer.
Portrait tattoos are some of the most complex types of tattoos with amazing detail, shading, and accuracy.  It takes a very talented artist to create a portrait masterpiece on your body.
What is a Portrait Tattoo

Are portraits hard to tattoo?

You should shop around and find the right artist, one who has a portfolio full of high-quality portrait tattoos. Good portrait tattoos are hard, bad portrait tattoos look terrible. Do your research, don’t rush into it. Even if they are amazing at other kinds of tattoos, portrait tattoos are a different skill.

How long do portrait tattoos take?

On average, a portrait in color could take between 3-9 hours depending on size, placement on the body, and how detailed the image is. In black and grey, a portrait could take anywhere between 3-7 hours, also depending on those factors; and obviously, if the tattoo is really big it could take longer.

Portrait Tattoo Examples

Portrait Tattoo Ideas

Learn More About Tattoos and Styles

  • Half Sleeve Tattoo: Considering a sleeve, but don’t want to commit to a full sleeve? These half sleeve tattoo designs are pretty badass, and people will notice how awesome your new ink is! Go wild and get a variety of meaningful tattoos to create an incredible half sleeve. These ideas will give you some ideas to make them flow perfectly together. Don’t miss these half sleeve tattoo ideas.
  • Full Sleeve Tattoos – Full sleeve tattoos are incredibly popular, fierce, and a great way to show some amazing works of ink art. All of these tattoo ideas are sure to get you in the mood to have your own elaborate sleeve tattoo designed. You’ll see a lot of variety and styles with these full sleeve tattoo design ideas. Be prepared to get some ink inspiration!
  • Tattoo Background Shading Ideas –  Are you looking to add a little flair to your sleeve tattoo? Or add an extra bit of depth to a unique design? Shading is the perfect filler to complete that complex sleeve or take your beautiful ink to the next level. By just adding this effect to your tattoo, you will have a one-of-a-kind finished piece. Tattoo background shading comes in all types of styles and colors, check out a few of our favorites.