Unbelievably Lifelike Body Art: The Creepy Optical Illusions of Hikaru Cho

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Image: @Hikaru Cho

We’re all so used to crazy Photoshopped distortions and manipulations that we might not pay an image like this much attention. Except that this isn’t a photo manipulation – it’s body art! Welcome to the bizarre world of Japanese artist Hikaru Cho, who uses acrylics to paint incredibly weird and lifelike pictures onto her human canvases.

Lots of people doodle when they’re bored, but Tokyo resident Cho, who’s only 19 years old, draws pictures on her own skin. This habit eventually led to a rather strange portfolio of different work – like this face with an extra pair of eyes, which is fascinating but hard to focus on, plus a little unsettling.


Image: @Hikaru Cho

Have you ever eaten so much that you had to undo a few buttons on your shirt? And even after doing that, you still felt like your stomach was going to burst? Cho has come up with an ingenious solution to the problem: tummy buttons! The stitching on this man’s belly is so incredibly lifelike that it looks like he’s wearing a shirt made of skin.

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Image: @Hikaru Cho

Of course, you can’t let it all hang out all the time. So for more formal occasions, here’s the buttoned-up version. It’s amazing how Cho has created such a convincing 3D effect that it looks as though one side of the shirt is overlapping the other.

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