Realistic tattoo style is considered to be separate, young and fastly developing tattoo genre. From the one hand, there is nothing but to agree with this opinion. In spite of the fact that first portraits had been inked more than a hundred years ago (the quality of them, of course, were far from an ideal), this kind of art had spread worldwide comparatively lately.
This growth of popularity is probably connected with the appearance of real masters of tattoo art capable of making such complicated artworks real.
Realistic tattoos are mostly portraits of famous people, for example, musicians or actors. There are also a lot of realistic superhero tattoos such as Batman or Joker. Or realistic techniques can be used to create elements of for example trash polka tattoo. From the other hand, if we assume that the realistic tattoo is something depicted maximally naturally, then the range of probable tattoo ideas is growing approaching the infinity.
It is clear that almost anything around us can be drawn naturally and realistic. Animals, birds, trees and so on. Should such tattoos be called realistic? Definitely, yes!
Only the highest class tattoo artist can perform realistic tattoo in a right way. Having a good equipment, which you know how to use is not enough in this case. The tattooist should be a really good painter, artist, capable of drawing all the details, working with the shades of lights nad colours and keep correct proportions of the drawing.
It is a really hard piece of work, which is performed in several sessions for long and long hours, however, the result will definitely be worth all the energy and time spent. A realistic tattoo will be your own pride and will astonish the surrounding with its beauty through all your life. So, after you found the realistic tattoo idea you love, spend even more time to find an extremely qualified tattoo artist, not to spoil money and natural beauty of your body.