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!

#1

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Carrie de Luka
Community Member
2 years ago

This really does look like embroidery - stunning.

Lois Harach
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it's amazing! I'm 62, and have been doing embroidery since I was about 6 years old. I think this is a beautiful expression of ones heart and soul. As well as, an homage to Grandma's everywhere! Like me!

ForkNBeans
Community Member
2 years ago

Lois, I just love your comment. You nailed it, Grandma! xoxo

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Carrie Hoover
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I never cease to be amazed by the talent of tattoo artists!

ForkNBeans
Community Member
2 years ago

to be sure!

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Peggy Barrett
Community Member
2 years ago

I've never considered getting a Tattoo, but, this could change my mind ~ Beautiful

Tricia Janitzky
Community Member
2 years ago

DITTO!

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Brittney Barnett
Community Member
2 years ago

it looks so real....

IvetaT
Community Member
2 years ago

wow! this is amazing

Carol Movre
Community Member
2 years ago

All is good til you snag a string on the escalator.

ForkNBeans
Community Member
2 years ago

Ha!

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Kelly Woda
Community Member
2 years ago

How do you find an artist who can do this in Florida??

Karen Chamberland
Community Member
2 years ago

embroidered tattoo. cool! I like it!

Catherine Todd
Community Member
2 years ago

Gorgeous but surely painful! Beauty hurts! (I could never do this, but bravo to those who do!)

Sophie Saunders
Community Member
2 years ago

love!!!

Clematis
Community Member
2 years ago

On point.

Ericka Tripp
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok, I'm a lil slow sometimes, but how is this attached? Is it just glued on?

SprinkleDrop
Community Member
2 years ago

No, it is not real embroidery. It is drawing that looks like embroidery.

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

"Ouch"!

Evelyn Mitcheltree
Community Member
2 years ago

I THINK IT IS BEAUTIFUL, LOVE THE COLORS, WILL THEY LAST?? MY TATTOO HAS LOST MOST OF ITS INK COLORS.................. HOW DO THEY DO THIS???

Tricia Janitzky
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW!!!

Zake Pert
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, I've got to get one of these. Beautiful

Abby Not Normal
Community Member
2 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful.

Sharon Palmer
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, it does look just like embroidery. Very delicate, intricate work, it really looks 3D

Wendy Miller
Community Member
2 years ago

How's that for a tattoo !

Michael Newell
Community Member
2 years ago

these look amazing but i'm guessing these are some kind of stickers as i've not seen any videos of anyone doing them would love to see it being done tho might even get one done they do look very good

Mandee Shade
Community Member
2 years ago

No, the artists name is Polo. He works in Texas. I know him personally. They’re not stickers.

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Michael Newell
Community Member
2 years ago

i'm guessing these are some kind of stick on patches since i don't see anyone tattooing them in videos anywhere if so please show the videos would love to see that being done or even get one done to

jonathan bull
Community Member
2 years ago

Whatever next? Knitting tatoos? Bamboo Boy.

jonathan bull
Community Member
2 years ago

Whatever next? Knitting tatoos? JayBee

Theresa Anne Cruz-Krile
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow

Aida Gonzalez
Community Member
2 years ago

Me encanta

Imke Van Bodegraven
Community Member
2 years ago

This will be so, so ugly in just a couple of years. I sure hope it's not a thing. Getting tired of internet tattoo hype story's after which I will have to spend my time talking sense into people who seen this on the internet and ask for these kind of designs... the horror.

Joanna Tur
Community Member
2 years ago

damn!Respect!

Crystal Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

🥰

Chris Lopezenator
Community Member
2 years ago

Polo tattoo is amazing

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
2 years ago

I cannot believe my eyes! This looks so real!! O_O

C Diane Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

Safe..

Kyle McNeese
Community Member
1 year ago

who has this tat and wear did they get it might I ask

Lynn Anger
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful but seriously scary for infection and wear of declining material.

Elizabeth McFarland
Community Member
1 year ago

No tats for me!

Elizabeth McFarland
Community Member
1 year ago

No tats for me!

mark palmer
Community Member
1 year ago

Finally, a solution to male pattern baldness...but I only see one example...?

Patricia Cook
Community Member
1 year ago

absolutely awesome!

Tina Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow Beautiful

Tina Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow beautiful

Tirell Clifton I
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful.

Rhonda Longtine
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow amazing. I would love one

Micki Moritz
Community Member
2 years ago

I love it!

Lisa Ross
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful! I would love a tattoo like this

Estelle Lewis
Community Member
2 years ago

Yay or nay?

Mary Yaeger
Community Member
2 years ago

Hmm, looks like embroidery but it's a tattoo!

Madeleine Joiner
Community Member
2 years ago

This is awesome

Teresa Cirillo
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! Looks just like embroidery...incredible!

Jerry Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

will not hold up over time... cool though.

Roxy Faulkner
Community Member
2 years ago

Very cool!

Laurel Rogers
Community Member
2 years ago

Love it, but I'll bet it would hurt like a SOB if caught on something!

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is beautiful and happy

Maya Durante
Community Member
2 years ago

SUUUUUPERBE

Norah Reilly
Community Member
2 years ago

Heck yes! It would be fabulous.

Kathleen Clark
Community Member
2 years ago

I think some of you are dense.

Carol Wilkins
Community Member
2 years ago

looks great! how does it look after 5, 10 or 20 years later?

Karen Pellizzer
Community Member
2 years ago

These would get dirty after a short while (days or weeks, depending on lifestyle). They are made of thread just like T-shirts and jeans, sheets, etc. They would only hold up to a certain number of washings before fraying. Also, they might fade in the sun.

Ruth Lovett
Community Member
2 years ago

its a tattoo not thread, you've missed the whole point!!!!

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Katelynn Marie
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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The Dutches
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#4

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Lotte
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#5

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HellCat
Community Member
2 years 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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#6

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Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

I like the realistic cap in combination with the embroidered homer

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#7

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FatBaby
Community Member
2 years ago

That's so so so Beautiful

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#8

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Kathleen MacDonagh
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful

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#9

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Community Member
2 years ago

Woow this one is really cool!

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#10

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Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years ago

I love Goofy!

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#11

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Debbie Kaylo
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#12

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Bianca Daynes
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow!

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#13

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
2 years ago

Tape Measure looks so real. Well done.

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#14

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M Dream
Community Member
2 years ago

beautiful

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#15

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Talia Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#16

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Kenda Frost
Community Member
2 years ago

This one made me laugh at the memories!

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#17

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Hristina Boncheva
Community Member
2 years ago

Courage! ♡

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#18

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Tina Love
Community Member
2 years ago

Were can I get mine done?

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#19

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M Dream
Community Member
2 years 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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#20

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
2 years ago

This combination works really well.

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#21

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LGtv2014
Community Member
2 years ago

LOVE this one!

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#22

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Captain Marvellous ♥️
Community Member
2 years ago

Heehee...Appa!

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#23

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Peggy Schultz
Community Member
2 years ago

Olive Oyl!!

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#24

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Clematis
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#25

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Donna O
Community Member
2 years ago

Ooh is that a dermal implant for the tongue piercing?

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#26

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Belinda Crum
Community Member
2 years ago

Oooooooh! I really love this one.

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#27

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Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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SprinkleDrop
Community Member
2 years ago

So beautiful

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#29

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Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Ellie Ragsdale
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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