What is a 3D Nipple Tattoo?

What is a 3D Nipple Tattoo?

Written By: Stacie-Rae, Tattoo Artist


3D is the abbreviated version of 3-dimensional, meaning an object that has height, depth and width.  A person, sculpture, plant, or house is a bonafide 3D object.

1D means 1-dimensional and usually refers to something flat, such as paper or skin surface.   A drawing or photo is a single-dimension item.  Are you with me so far?

In the case of tattooing or drawing, the term 3D refers to an optical manipulation giving a flat surface the appearance of depth.  The term ‘3D nipple’ is really thrown about and misused these days, so let’s take a moment to clarify!

With a ‘3D nipple’ – In the case of a talented and skilled artist, this refers to our ability to create the optical illusion of something with depth and height where there is neither.  In simple terms, we know exactly how to manipulate shadows and highlights to acheive this effect.

There is a general rule, though, for tattooers – we must be adept at tattooing, with at least 5 years fulltime experience under our belts and the ability to do consistent work in all skin types, so we should effectively be able to tattoo anything we can draw.  But if we cannot draw it or achieve that 3D effect on paper, there is NO way we will be able to achieve it in the skin.  No way.  Knowing how to draw AND how to tattoo does not guaruntee that a tattooers ability, though.  So, again it’s ‘buyer beware’ when choosing a qualified tattooer.

And, to take it one step further – as I’ve blogged before, most practitioners doing this work use pigment that is actually designed to fade.  So even if they are able to achieve this illusion, there is a 85% chance it will fade away to almost nothing over the next 4-5 years.  IF they can accomplish this feat with little or no damage to the fragile tissue!  It’s a jungle out there, folks, so be careful who you trust if they are throwing around the term “3D nipples” like its an easy thing to accomplish!!   Ask to see drawings and don’t accept anything that isn’t absolutely stunning.

You’ve been through so much, you really do deserve the best quality tattooing.  I’ve seen so many women unhappy with their tattoos and accepting that as their fate.  Be prepared to wait, spend, and possibly travel.  In the long run it’s absolutely worth it, and what a great reason for a road trip!  “I’m going to get my new nipples!”

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