Korean Artist’s Hyper-Realistic Tattoos Might Make You Want One Too


A talented Korean tattoo artist with an unbelievable attention to detail is making waves for his stunning work.

Great building everywhere in Brussels ! But it was too cold .. See you tomorrow guys at the convention !!! @stefanoalcantara @oscarakermo @matthewjamestattoo @piotrdedel

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In fact, Dongkyu Lee is visiting North America, spending time in Canada from May to July and the US from September to October due to high demand.

He makes tattoos you can easily mistake as some picture straight from the easel.

Lee’s interest in tattooing begins after his stint in the Korean army.

i did my first throat tattoo today. it was a portrait of an owl. i dont think i’ll ever get my throat tattooed cause it looked so painful to my client… but i really want one. i will post a picture ASAP.

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He reached out to Sanlee, another well-known tattoo artist, who then tested his skills by asking him to draw one picture a day for one year.

Robert Hernandes, Nikko Hurtado, and Domantas Parvainis are his greatest influences.

The apprentice eventually started his own career at Tattoo Korea, the nation’s largest tattoo shop, in 2012.

Since then, Lee saw his work flourish, with some 200,000 Instagram followers feasting on his talent.

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“I want to express more creativity to my work. I’d like to find out how to add more emotions to my pieces as well. But still stay within the boundaries of realism,” Tattoodo quoted him as saying.

He describes his style as “basically realistic [or] hyper realism,” although he is also working on “something more creative, but still within realism.”

When not inking skin, Lee immerses himself in oil painting and photography.

Detail shot for Daryl of walkinfdead. @kwadron_tattoo_gallery @intenzetattooink @inkjecta @hustlebutterdeluxe @killerinktattoo @kwadron

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Lee will be on LA, Las Vegas, New York City and Colorado in his US visit.

Prospective clients may reach him and book at leedongkyutattoo@gmail.com.

Featured Images via Instagram / Dongkyu Lee (@q_tattoos)