Embroidery Tattoo Designs and Artist You Have To See

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Embroidery tattoo artist and find inspiration from their tattooing art style. crafting impressively realistic embroidery designs.

Recently, embroidery tattoos began appearing all over social media. In places like Brazil, Moscow and Mexico City, tattooers had already been practicing embroidery tattoo styles for years before popularity in mainstream tattoo culture.

A new fashion trend, embroidery-inspired pieces, which resemble embroidered patches but have a three-dimensional appearance, emerged in 2017. Since then, only a few tattooers have specialized in the style.

The following artists have crafted impressively realistic embroidery designs because of their attention to detail.

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What is an embroidery tattoo?

An embroidery tattoo is what it sounds like. With embroidery tattoos, the 3D effect makes them look like patchwork designs embroidered on the skin. Tattoos continue to be created traditionally – with a tattoo gun and needle, as well as the various inks required to accomplish the task.

Eduardo “Duda” Lozano

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Tattoo artist Eduardo “Duda” Lozano is considered to be one of the best in the world. Approximately 700,000 of his Instagram followers are highly engaged and obsessed with the art and designs he creates.

According to Lozano, he started practicing this style in order to differentiate himself from other artists.

Moreover, he explained that embroidery-inspired tattoo designs can be extremely difficult to tattoo. To attain a realistic three-dimensional effect, tattoo artists must learn how to create illusions of light and shadow by layering various colors of ink.


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Mexican embroidery tattoo

When done right, embroidery tattoos have a clear image that can be easily read. Tattoos that look like they were sewn into the skin or ironed on like denim jackets are created by tattoo artists. Could it get any more fun? There are many artists who have made embroidery tattoos their specialty and have even combined them with other styles to produce images that literally pop off the skin.

Alicia Casale

Alicia Casale is a Mexico City tattoo artist who specializes in black and gray artwork. Her niche has since become embroidery tattoos, but she still creates many black and gray illustrations. The way Casale approaches embroidery-inspired tattooing is very unique amongst the tattooers on our list. The majority of these artists depict thin ‘stitches’ in their work, but Casale uses thick, broad lines that resemble stitches.


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Fernanda Álvarez

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Fernanda Alvarez is another great Mexican tattoo artist who specializes in embroidery style tattoos. Besides being one of the first tattoo artists to practice the style, she splits her time between Mexico City and guest spots across the country.

It took her almost a year to post her first embroidery tattoo on Instagram, over a year before most of the other artists on this list. Almost all of her tattoos focus on nature.

She does a lot of flora and fauna tattoos, and sometimes even combines the two, like in the design above.

Ksu Arrow

Many of Ksu Arrow’s designs are inspired by fine art (the above tattoo is based on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”) and pop culture (Ksu has tattoos inspired by Harry Potter, Jaws, Trainspotting, and other movies). A Russian tattooist, she’s known for her colorful, illustrative micro tattoos — a style she’s been practicing for years, but has also recently begun doing embroidery tattoos.


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Russell Van Schaick

Russell Van Schaick has combined his two stylistic specialties into his bold, colorful  tattoos. He is mostly known for watercolor tattoos, but occasionally dabbles in embroidery tattoo designs, as well.

Trained tattoo artist and member of the World Famous Tattoo Ink professional team, specializing in abstract watercolor tattoos. Hart & Huntington Tattoo in Orlando, Florida is another tattoo shop where he has worked.

He began his tattoo journey with an apprenticeship at Wingut Tattoo and Body Piercing in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.


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Embroidery Tattoo Artist

Both art forms make use of needles, but the materials they use are vastly different. Up until now. A traditional art, embroidery, that you tend to associate with your grandma, has merged with the tattoo scene to make beautiful, folky designs that are both unique and traditional at the same time.

The evidence speaks for itself. When you look at a rich, textured design, it almost appears as if it were sewn into the skin, as if it were 3D. In many designs, small x’s combine to form a larger picture, lending a contemporary spin to a timeless technique.

Do embroidery tattoos hurt?

After getting your tattoo, you will experience some redness and soreness for the first few days and weeks, and depending on the size of the tattoo, it may be more painful for longer periods of time.

Who started embroidery tattoos?

Before embroidery tattoos became mainstream and a trend, Tim Beck was one of the first tattoo artists to create them.

Three Different Types of Embroidery Stitches

  • Walking Stitch Embroidery.
  • Satin Stitch Embroidery.
  • Fill Stitch Embroidery.