Tattooing has been around for thousands of years. Throughout its existence particular canons emerged that are still equally important and applicable till this day. While new styles had developed and the process of tattooing had been elevated to the level of art form, the same basic canons and rules should not be ignored in favor of new tattoo art styles, as these could lead to failed results. Realism’s popularity as a tattoo trend has surged in recent years—and for good reason. These super-realistic pieces of art boast incredible detail and, when done well, create a stunningly lifelike resemblance. But this tattoo style isn’t without its problems—and its wave of popularity has left its own surge of disappointed customers and less than brilliant tattoos in its wake.