Two art forms, both involving the use of needles, but seemingly worlds apart. But no more. Embroidery, a classical art that you are more likely to associate with your grandma, has combined with the tattoo scene to create beautiful, folky designs that are both unique and traditional at the same time.

The results speak for themselves. The rich, textured designs look like the ink has been sewn into the skin, and take on an almost 3D appearance as they 'pop' out at you. Many designs are a contemporary take on a timeless technique, with a series of tiny x's combining to form a bigger picture.

What do you think? Would you consider getting a tattoo like this? Scroll down to check out Bored Panda's list for inspiration, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Carrie de Luka 2 weeks ago

This really does look like embroidery - stunning.

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Katelynn Marie 2 weeks ago

I’m wondering how long this would take...

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The Dutches 2 weeks ago

WoW. Really beautiful. Never wanted a tattoo, but maybe i will now. Great idea!

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Lotte 2 weeks ago

it really looks like someone just stitch-ed it right on ;-)

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HellCat 2 weeks ago

This is actually so cool! I want to have something similar, only with traditional Romanian embroidery symbols. I absolutely love it!

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Anne 2 weeks ago

I like the realistic cap in combination with the embroidered homer

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FatBaby 2 weeks ago

That's so so so Beautiful

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2 weeks ago

Woow this one is really cool!

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

I love Goofy!

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Debbie Kaylo 2 weeks ago

looks like an applique has been placed on the arm; see the loose threads on the outline....

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Bianca Daynes 2 weeks ago

Wow!

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#13

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Zoe's Mom 2 weeks ago

Tape Measure looks so real. Well done.

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M Dream 2 weeks ago

beautiful

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Talia Johnson 2 weeks ago

This one even looks like it has the tiny bits of paper from the embroidery patch.

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Kenda Frost 2 weeks ago

This one made me laugh at the memories!

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Hristina Boncheva 2 weeks ago

Courage! ♡

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Tina Love 1 week ago

Were can I get mine done?

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M Dream 2 weeks ago

μεράκι (meraki): creating sth with love and soul. greek word, derived from a turkish word. "the artist made these tattoos with a lot of meraki"

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Zoe's Mom 2 weeks ago

This combination works really well.

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LGtv2014 2 weeks ago

LOVE this one!

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Peggy Schultz 1 week ago

Olive Oyl!!

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Clematis 2 weeks ago

Ooo, this one’s awesome! A fun little design!

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Donna O 2 weeks ago

Ooh is that a dermal implant for the tongue piercing?

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Belinda Crum 2 weeks ago

Oooooooh! I really love this one.

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

"look Morty, we are in a dimension were we are part of a Bad Ass Tattoo"

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SprinkleDrop 2 weeks ago

So beautiful

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

wow, so realistic that does not even look like a tattoo.

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Ellie Ragsdale 1 week ago

This is really amazing! Also, can someone translate the text?

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