Super Realistic Paintings by Mike Dargas

Image by @mikedargas / Instagram

Before becoming well-known for his realistic paintings, 35-year-old Mike Dargas was a successful tattoo artist. Thanks to the exposure on social media, the world has learned about the great talent this artist has, and nearly 600,000 people now follow what he posts on Instagram.

Today, Dargas sells his pieces for up to $30,000. He’s had a number of famous customers, including Boris Becker, Stefano Gabanna, and Domenico Dolce.

Dargas finds inspiration in artists like Caravaggio, Salvador Dali, and HR Giger. He has been studying their works for years after discovering them as a kid, thanks to his mother.

See his work below.