At first glance, they’re partially surreal, and wholly terrifying.
But the second mouths on neck, open stitches revealing superficial muscles, and the bionic pistons breaking through the flesh on a person’s arm, are actually not real.
Rather, they are hyper-realistic tattoos created by talented tattoo artists.
Venezuelan artist Yomico Moreno, who works out of Caracas, has inked a variety of tattoos, ranging from sinister to downright surreal.
Among his works are bionic arms, layers of skin ‘peeled back’ to reveal a beating heart, and the somewhat less dystopic images of ladybugs and butterflies.
His attention to detail is apparent, meticulously adding shadows, shading, and dimension to his work, creating what is undeniably art – though not the kind typically seen in museums.
He told Tattoo Tree in an interview last year that he began taking interest in tattooing at the age of 14, and has since dedicated his life to the craft of permanently inking skin.
The artist said that knowledge is the cornerstone for his often fantastical work.
Strange anatomy: Venezuelan-born Yomico Moreno is a tattoo artist working out of Caracas; his hyper-realistic tattoos, including a second mouth on a man’s neck, require a second glance
V for Vendetta: The phrase ‘Vi veri universum vivus vici is a Latin phrase meaning ‘By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe;’ it was popularly quoted in the 2006 film V For Vendetta
Soundscape: An audio mixing board and piano keys look like they’re simply below this man’s skin
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