Optical Illusion Tattoos Imagine Fine-Lined Designs in Dizzying Double Vision

Optical Illusion Tattoos

Tattooist Yatzil Elizalde will have you seeing double, triple, or even quadruple thanks to her dizzying body art. The fine line and blackwork designs feature the likes of portraits, cartoon characters, and animals that are presented in multiple images laid on top of one another. To view them as a single form, you have to squint your eyes; otherwise, you might start to feel cross-eyed.

Elizalde enjoys creating optical illusion tattoos because of the inherent complexity that comes with drawing in that way. “It’s the visual challenge,” she tells My Modern Met, “trying to convey a sensation through a visual complication.” While we might get confused looking at them, the tattooist experiences this as well while designing them. “I go crazy just thinking that when starting to follow a line, it is almost impossible to get to the end without ending up dizzy along the way.”

Scroll down to see more of Elizalde’s mind-bending creations. And if you’re local to Hermosillo, Mexico, you can visit her shop White Light Tattoo to get your own double-vision design.

Tattooist Yatzil Elizalde will have you seeing double (or triple or quadruple) with her double-vision tattoos.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Yatzil Elizalde.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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