Nothing is harder than drawing the perfect portrait when it comes to permanent body art. Who can say they can easily ink the picture of a face on skin with a needle? Not many… This is why it’s so difficult for a tattoo barer to find the right artist willing to create those perfect portrait tattoos. We’ve collaborated 73 portrait tattoos representing fine body art for your viewing, to gain insight on the type of faces – both human and animal – that can be created. From intricate details involving shadows to geometric designs that form intriguing shapes, this post has it all and will help inspire your own piece of art.
- Nailing the Rebellious Look
Nothing preps you better for a revolution than a tattoo of a well known rebel.2. Colorful Cosmos
These colors are out of this world! Not to mention the finer details of the little girl – this artist is fantastic.3. A Pivoting Stare
A wonderful memory forever put into flesh.
4. Remembering Mati
If you’ve got kids, you know that some of the best memories are of when they’re tiny. Then they grow up and become a pain in the butt.
5. The Fun-Loving Kid
This little pirate looks like he enjoyed face paintings. Could he have grown up to get a portrait tattoo like this tat wearer?
6. Forming a Vibrant Memory
The uses of greens and reds are mesmerizing around this little girl’s face. It was done perfectly, so it doesn’t remind you of Christmas!
7. Gorgeous Little Floral Smile
Those eyes are captivating! This artist does well with portraits but those flowers are a bit… odd.
8. Close Up
Wonderful use of shadows here.
9. Black & White Wonder
The artist really made this kid look realistic in ink, like an old photo.
10. Sisters Of A Lifetime
These two women may forever be close in real life, but they’ll also remain close forever inked on this torso. Superb job on integrating the portraits with the surrounding tattoos.
11. The Four Guardian Angels
I’ll be quite sad if all four of these lovely people are now angels… Unless this guy simply wanted to portray that they’re all being watched over by angels.
12. Howling Wolves
Look at those teeth! These wolves have been done fantastically, capturing their vicious growls in the moment. The fur looks like it could be done a bit different though.
13. Animals of Destiny
These animals all have a personality of their own.
14. Gorgeous Shadow Work
Here is another portrait that’s been done well with great use of shadows. The facial expression is adorable and was captured perfectly.
15. A Preoccupied Einstein
Here’s a great twist on a classic photo!
16. Persian Princess
This woman’s face isn’t perfect, which makes her all the more beautiful – especially compared to the perfect symmetry of her jewelry.
17. Gandalf the Grey
Wow, you’ve really got to be a Lord of the Rings fan to pull something like this off.
18. Actor Gene Wilder
This guy has made some great films, and some especially funny ones, too. Though, I haven’t met anyone in the real world that has had an actor tatted on their hand like this… The wearer must be a Huge fan… Perhaps a relative…
19. A Most Perfect Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is a favorite for many, and girls go crazy for his look from Pirates of the Caribbean. The artist for this tat made it look surprisingly real and like the actual movie cover. Brilliant.
20. Gotta Love Cheech & Chong
That’s such a perfect expression. Love the reverse marijuana silhouettes.
21. A Jazzy Tribute
This tat focuses on the face and has the trumpet blur, as if you’re truly looking at a real photo of the musician.
22. Finely Detailed Deer
This may be small, but the details are finely done, as if it’s truly staring at you.
23. Stairway to the Known
Time – it’s the one thing we all know we have a limited amount of. The only thing we can be certain of is death, and this tat displays how we’re all on out path towards it.
24. Passion of Christ
The facial hair is done rather well – and the eyes really capture torment.
25. An Interesting Silhouette
Two people kissing within a silhouette. What an intriguing idea, not seen too often.
26. Beautiful Smiling Baby
The use of white ink really helps capture the details of this portrait image, outlining the face perfectly.
27. An Innocent Face
Paired with a rose and a name, this girl named Megan is a beauty and has been drawn extremely well – truly capturing her innocence through youth.
28. Victorian Framed
A lovely smile, with a lovely frame.
29. Wrinkles of Time
A wonderful tribute done well with encircling flowers.
30. Forever a Best Friend
Who doesn’t love their pet enough to tat them on their body? This dog was well loved for sure.
31. From a Different Part of the World
Does this person know the woman in his tat or is it a tribute of some kind? Either way, it’s done well, creating a face with an expression that’s hard to forget.
32. A Design of Geometry
A portrait doesn’t have to look real – it can be done using shapes; geometry like above. Awesomely creative.
33. Guiding Spirit Animal
If you know your spirit animal, you can forever have it protect you by having it inked on your hand, guiding you in your actions.
34. In Love with Frankenstein & His Bride
What a great combo for each hand! We’ve got a Halloween fan.
35. Bob Marley’s Smile
Amazing inked art right here, forever capturing Marley’s wonderful smile.
36. A Miner’s Commitement
37. I Was Once Alive
A macabre image, taking beauty and deflating it.
38. An “Old Skool” Halloween
This Frankenstein is definitely from the old black and white movie.
39. A Perfect Angle for Dead Eyes
Very unique face, with a great angle that many tats don’t utilize.
40. A Greek God’s Permanence
Poseidon on your hand. Now that’s pretty powerful.
41. The Pain We Never Saw
Gorgeous eyes and lips, wracked with the pain and torment of this world.
42. Speak No Evil
The knuckles could almost be a macabre kind of skeletal smile for these eyes.
43. Those that Heal
Instead of displaying the normal gothic images most tats are, this person contributed a piece of their flesh towards those that have done good in the world.
44. She Once Cried
That eye looks real, as if you could see your reflection in them if you stare too close.
45. Beauty of the Middle East
This gorgeous design gets its inspiration from the Middle East, whose culture and architecture are truly unique and beautiful.
46. A Reflection of Truth
It’s something we’re all destined for, though this person wanted it etched into their skin.
47. Tormented Soul
Just the wrinkles on this person’s face tell a story of their own.
48. Sexy Stance
These scenes seem as if they’ve been taken from movies, though they must pose as having personal significance to the wearer.
49. Janis Joplin’s Voice
I can almost hear her singing in my head when looking at this tattoo.
50. Adding an Artist’s True Touch
What better way to make it look 3D than by adding the tat artist’s very hand and instrument?
51. Abstract Stare
You think you’ve seen it all? This girl has seen worlds more than you simply from her hair.
52. Artist Rendition
Music and tattoos go together like biscuits and gravy.
53. Lovely Smoking Girl
As if searching for divine intervention, this young girl has eyes that express more than just contemplation.
54. Hand-Sized Blessing
Babies are the best, and tiny babies are blessings in disguise.
55. Gorgeous Blonde
The artist truly captured a gorgeous smile and did blonde hair very well on light skin.
56. Crying Maiden
Dark beauty, surrounded with roses that match her lips.
57. Cute Kitty Tribute
Another piece of flesh dedicated to a loved pet.
58. Asian Fae Magic
This fairy looks like she has protection from a bird – a hawk?
59. Lovely 80’s Eyes
Those 80’s colors and designs are awesome, with mesmerizing eyes to match.
60. Grumpy Face
That’s one mean little cutie.
61. Creepy Freddie
Someone must really be obsessed with this guy – the bad guy that kills in dreams. Yikes.
62. Audrey Hepburn
An astounding and amazing actress, this tat captures her beauty and her signature look.
63. Shaman’s Smoking Pipe
This lovely lady displays a position of power with a smoking pipe that will give her visions… Is that a wolf or bear on her head?
64. Fight Club’s Dame
Yes, that’s Helena Bonham Carter inked from a scene out of the Fight Club movie. She’s amazing, and so is this tat.
65. David Cross
The stand-up comedian. Really? Tatted on someone? Odd…
66. Beautiful Gaze
That look is enchanting, captivating, and dare I say quite sexy. It is her in the picture below too?
67. Cute Little smile
A little girl with a cute hairstyle and smile. Parents love getting their kids inked.
68. Colors Galore
This is a wonderful display of color. The artist really knew what they were doing.
69. Finer Details
Look at how perfect this face is – all done on a such a tiny patch of skin.
70. Midnight Smoke
White is used quite well in this tat, outlining the main features seen in order to enhance the piece as a whole and really make it pop.
71. Smoking Gun
The gun isn’t all that’s smoking! Again there’s perfect use of white ink, creating details that would otherwise be lost in a sea of black.
This portrait looks as if its a watercolor done on skin – truly a lovely piece of art.