The customized creations of talented tattoo artist Jesse Rix trick the eye through an expert use of optical illusion. Rendered in a realist style, each visually perplexing tattoo showcases the artist’s inventive imagination and his advanced understanding of the trompe-l’œil technique.
Skillfully composed of fine lines and filled in with lifelike color, each tattoo’s style is rooted in realism. The subject matter, however, is entirely surreal. As hexagons, cubes, and bricks of skin are “removed,” unique spectacles—including galactic battles, cosmic portraits, geometric patterns, and under-the-sea scenery—emerge. To “reveal” these unexpected images from below the surface of the skin, Rix plays with perspective, experiments with light, and alters dimensionality.
In addition to an eclectic range of surreal subject matter and impressive illusions, the one-of-a-kind tattoos also illustrate the artist’s mastery of tones. Rix’s striking portfolio conveys a preference for saturated, crisp colors offset by realistic shading. When paired with his expertly-drafted drawings, this advanced use of color elevates Rix’s optical illusion tattoos into an eye-catching art form.