Man’s terrifying ‘optical illusion’ tattoo looks like gaping hole in his head

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Talented tattoo artist Matt Pehrson left social media users stunned with his ‘insane’ piece of art that looks like a giant gaping hole in his client’s bald head

Optical illusions are a fun way to test our eyesight – but one man wanted to permanately ink one onto the back of his head.

Tattoo artist Matt Pehrson, who works at the Zion Tattoo Company in Utah, US, took his tattooing skills to a whole new level after creating the extremely realistic design on the back of his friend Ryan’s skull.

The design is cleverly made up of thick black lines to give an impression of a huge hole in Ryan’s head, along with some pretty clever shading to create the illusion – and it’s definitely got people talking.

Matt managed to baffle thousands of his Instagram followers and racked up viral attention online. The picture, which was originally posted on his Instagram account back in April 2020, recently re-emerged online and has received over 12,000 likes.

Matt captioned it: “Did a crazy thing on my friend Ryan today… We have a lot left to finish on his dome. What do you all think of a piece like this?”One fan commented: “Literally looks like he has a hole in the back of his head holy s*** good job”, while a second said: “OMG that looks fantastic!!!!”

A third put: “This is the most insane optical illusion”, and another wrote: “I am speechless”. Then last year, after “tonnes of requests”, Matt posted a video of the finished piece to show the tat from multiple angles.

“Of course, the tattoo only looks ‘perfect’ at a limited viewing angle. Still looks like a rad tattoo from other angles, it just doesn’t make your tummy hurt,” he explained.

“I had so many comments that this tattoo made people sick. I laughed at every one,” Matt added. The clip was met with immense praise again, with one follower writing: “You killed this”, and another saying: “Absolutely stunning from every angle”.

“Forced perspective is hard enough on a canvas, never mind a human head! DUDE. You should get an award for this!” a third commented.

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