The most infamous optical illusion ‘Rabbit-Duck’ dates back to 1892, but modern day artists have found their own unique ways to trick your eyeballs – two in one tattoos. Through strategic placement, each image comes to life and transforms with the client’s body movement.
Tattooist Vek Van Hillik is one of these illusionists and uses the folds of people’s limbs to hide parts of the design. This allows for the design to appear as one subject when the limb is bent and then transform into a different image when the arm or leg is outstretched. Freehand designing is essential to these hidden images so the artist can change things as they go for a more accurate illusion.
This beetle tattoo placed in this woman’s elbow may look cool now
But what’s even cooler is what happens when the arm is outstretched
One of the artists known for these designs is French tattooer Vek Van Hillik
He creates the tattoos by strategically placing them in the folds of his client’s limbs
During the design phase, he draws freehand to give provide flexibility and accuracy
Van Hillik chooses symmetrical subjects for optimal shape-shifting
His insect tattoos are created not to shape-shift but to take flight