Realistic pet tattoos have recently skyrocketed in popularity and even celebrities have dove into the trend of getting their dogs and cats permanently etched onto their skin. This trend is an adorable extension of the paw print design that was once the standard tribute for pets.
These new, realistic tattoos rarely feature the traditional bold lines and coloring that we are used to. Instead, artists thriving within this scene make their art come to life through a series of shading and blending. Techniques such as these give the portrait a realistic feel while capturing the details of fur, pupils, and wet noses.
This trend has been playfully named ‘Pettoos’ and is the newest way to ensure your pets will always be by your side or memorialize a beloved friend that passed away. This ink offers something truly unique – a way to capture the essence and personality of your pet that can’t be replicated with a photograph.
Artists that specialize in single-needle designs quickly saw the potential of this new trend. Tiny, intricately detailed tattoos like these are easy to hide but still pack a punch.
Even celebrities like Miley Cyrus saw the charming potential of this style. Over the years the singer has received a number of pet tattoos including a micro tattoo of her puffer fish and dog, Emu.
Even pets with light-colored fur can be brought to life through a series of shading and blending, which can capture your pet’s likeness while emphasizing small details.
Cats and dogs aren’t the only options here – this realistic style can capture the likeness of any pet!
If you want even more detail, opt to go a little bigger. The canvas below is a great example of fur and feather patterns that can be captured through a slightly larger portrait.
These tattoos can be the perfect ink for those who are afraid of needles. They are so small that many artists only use a single-needle, meaning you won’t have to suffer too much for this tat.
If a realistic style isn’t for you, you can turn your pets into lovable cartoonish figures.
If you have a trio of pets, don’t worry. Micro ink gives you plenty of space to show your love.
Throw in a dash of black or a darker background color for an edgier look that will make the details of your furry friend pop.
While many of these tattoos are realistic, you can choose whatever style suits your, or your pets, personality. The ink below incorporates black and grey shading to create a unique, sketchbook style.