As an art form, realism is demanding and unforgiving. Realism also requires a highly specialized skill set. But when performed by a master, the results are breathtaking. Mike DeVries has delivered a long portfolio of impossible tattoos.

DeVries tattoos are truly unbelievable. His attention to detail, his application of color, unfaltering proportions, contrasting hues, the play of hard and soft edges all work together to convince us that we are not staring open-jawed at a tattoo, but are observing an illusion of reality wrapped magically around a forearm.