With the evolution of tattoo techniques, the advances in electric needle machines and pigments, tattoos have come a long way as far as complexity in the recent years, and have become beautiful ways to showcase your body as a canvas.

These days the aesthetic possibilities of a tattoo artist are only limited by his skills and imagination and indeed tattoos can become an art form on a fleshy canvas. Our skin can tell stories with the unique designs, words, and pictures we choose to mark it with.

One of the major sources of inspiration for tattoo artists is represented by photography and today we’re gonna focus on a photographic effect trending in artistic photography, automatically entering in the world of tattoos – double exposure.

What is double exposure photography? A simple photographic effect where one picture is superimposed over another. By blending several images in a single frame, abstract and surreal photographers are free to abandon the laws of nature, developing their own dreamscapes.

Using the art of photographers and digital artists as reference, double exposure tattoos transpose on skin the surreal and poetic effects of the double exposure photography.

Mashing up pictures of people, buildings and nature artfully, a tattoo artist can create otherworldly ink pieces filled with fascinating details that one would have to look closely to discover.

Scroll down to see our selection of the most beautiful double exposure tattoos the internet has seen. From buildings “growing” out of human heads to the juxtaposition of different animals with breath-taking landscapes to create mythical creatures, these tattoos are a visual trip down the rabbit hole.

double exposure tattoo - Tattoo Done By Tony Mancia

double exposure tattoos - tattoo by Varo Tattooer (1A)

double exposure tattoo - tattoo done by by Caroline Friedmann (3A)

surrealistic tattoo done by Timur Rumit (4)

surrealistic tattoo done by Sunny Bhanushali (5A)

Death and seduction tattoo by Niki Norberg (1)

surrealistic tattoo done by by Growink (1)

double exposure tattoos - tattoo done by Caroline Friedmann

double exposure tattoo by Csiga

surrealistic tattoo (11)

bunny tattoo done at Justice Ink

Constellation Sailor Moon Tattoo - Varo Tattooer

surrealistic tattoo done by Varo Tattooer

double exposure tattoo - Caroline Friedmann

double exposure surrealistic tattoo done by Caroline Friedmann

tattoo done by Caroline Friedmann

tattoo by Vainius Anomaly

roberto da silva surrealistic tattoo

double exposure tattoo by Caroline Friedmann 2

surrealistic tattoo done by Roberto Da Silva

surrealistic tattoos - done by Caroline Friedmann

double exposure surreal tattoo - Caroline Friedmann