Embroidery tattoos are a thing, and they look absolutely incredible

Tattoos - they're a striking form of self-expression, and the easiest way to tell whom Pete Davidson is currently dating. If you've never gotten your skin inked, you might be surprised by the variety of artwork. It's not all song lyrics, dreamcatchers, and the Deathly Hallows; there's disturbing eyeball tattoos, clever tattoos that transform when you open your arms or legs, and absolutely incredible embroidery tattoos.

Embroidery tattoos have vibrant, textured designs that resemble threads of ink sewn into the skin. The effect gives the artwork depth and an entrancing 3D quality. This week an image of a colorful bird embroidery tattoo got over 50,000 upvotes on the 'Interesting As F***" subreddit. In one of the highest rated comments, one Redditor shared some information about the style.

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"Most of the way through this style of tattoo is done the same as a normal tattoo," wrote @GuyWithRealFacts. "But the ink is thickened during the final shading process, and the artist uses a steady back and forth motion to achieve a look of 'one piece'. The thicker ink will retain some minor shape and texture for years. The issue is - just like any embroidery - if one of the ink threads comes loose due to a skin injury and gets caught in something you can pull on it and the entire section comes out in one long thread."

He continued, "The other and more serious side effect is that any local cat who has played with thread will follow the wearer around everywhere hoping for a loose piece. Many people with this ink style are relentlessly stalked by stray cats for their whole lives. Cats will insist on sleeping on the tattoo also, just like they do when you drop a sweater on the bed that you don’t want cat hair on... so wearers of this style often wake up covered in cats."

Well, if you can't trust @GuyWithRealFacts, who can you trust? Here are 16 photos of amazing embroidery tattoos found on Instagram.

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Just don't get an embroidery tattoo of a viral tend, because it will not age well.