Optical Illusion Tattoos Reveal Worlds Beneath Skin by Jesse Rix

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Specializing in color realism, Jesse Rix uses rich hues and crisp lines to create optical illusions on the skin. In honeycomb and cube shapes, Rix uses them as visual transition points between the skin and fantastical scenes that lie below. Each tattoo has its own grand reveal, in which the wearer seemingly reveals another part of themselves. To pull off these striking tattoos, Rix opened his own private studio in 2013 where he can “work with clients one on one without distractions of a busy tattoo shop.”

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