‘Say Cheese’ Camera Tattoo Turns Girl’s Forearm into an Optical Illusion

We’ve shared a number of photography-inspired tattoos in the past, but here’s a concept we’ve never seen before. Brunssum, Netherlands-based tattoo artist Helma van der Weide created this optical illusion tattoo for her daughter Lotte van den Acker‘s forearm. All Lotte needs to do to show off her passion for photography is cover up her eyes with her arm and voila! Instant photography!

Her camera choice is a good one. She chose an old school Asahi Pentax 35mm SLR, a camera that made such a splash after it was announced in 1957 that it influenced the design of subsequent 35mm SLRs around the world for years to come. The popular K1000 model was launched in 1976.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Dan!

Image credits: Photograph by Helma van der Weide/Tattoo Helma

  • Guest

    Optical Illusion? Come on guys, you can come up with a better title than that. I like the choice of camera though.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    She’s crazy…

  • Kimmmmm

    Me likes it….. Wonder how the home and d. O. F.. Is…… ;)

  • Ivan

    Pentax K1000 forever, literally!

    (I’d go with an MX though, it would be somewhat smaller tattoo.)

  • Mark

    I’m all for meaningful tattoos, but that has to be one of the worst I’ve ever seen (both execution and idea). Can’t wait to see what she thinks of THAT one when she’s 60.

  • Dominik Muench

    Like the idea, but the execution is pretty average, not a great tattoo artist, the details and outlines are rather bad.

  • Neal Carpenter

    The k1000 came out in 1976.

  • Newmon

    I can appreciate the intent with the tattoo… But nobody, and I mean NOBODY, has ever held a K1000 like that with their left hand!

  • OSAM

    Shes holding it wrong too.

  • John Sluder

    Nice hipster idea, HORRID tattoo…

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks Neal. We’ve now added this tidbit specifically about the K1000 as well.

  • Roger Thornhill

    That’s just creepy.

  • Ken

    I wonder how she’ll like it when she’s 50.

  • kaitb1103

    Sheesh. I’d share my camera back tattoo, but I’m sure I’d get multiple negative reactions like below.

    Obviously you all need to go back to grade school and re-learn the old saying of, ‘Can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’

    Personally, I like it.

  • Scott M

    Funny idea for one day with a sharpie. Tattoo lasts forever. Fail.

  • Sterling

    Tattoo removal is going to be a huge industry in 20 years.

  • Samuel

    It annoys me that people get all high and mighty about tattoos commenting on how they wont like it when they are old. I dont have any tattoos, i dont want any but if someone else does who am i/you to judge that.

  • yumchar

    If you look closely you’ll see the camera doesn’t have any film

  • Dominik Muench

    always love the saying, the only difference between tattooed and non tattooed people is that tattooed people dont care if you’re not tattooed…….whereas a lot of people with no ink seem the most narrow minded and judgmental about ink and make a big fuss about it, some people still live in the 19th century mindset.

  • gabe sturdevant

    Cool idea, I would find a better tattoo artist though. The lines aren’t even straight. Come on.

  • Ken

    I’m acquainted with two cosmetic surgeons who LOVE tattoos. They each probably earn over $200,000/year just from removing them.

  • Rincon

    The lens cap is on.

  • Robisierra

    I have a few tattoos of my own for 15 years now, and i`ve seen lots of tattoos in my life, But this one is, in my opinion, just terible.

  • Spider- Man

    negative reaction, I see what you did there ;)

  • Antonio Carrasco

    What a god-awful thing to put on the body. Some hipsters get that fake mustache tattoo on their finger and that is stupid, but this just takes the cake.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    actually, no, that’s not correct. These days a lot of people with tattoos act like they are somehow superior to people that don’t have them. I know quite a few girls who will only date guys with lots of tattoos. Sometimes I go to different music events or social things where people won’t even talk to you if you don’t have like a full sleeve.

  • Samuel

    I have not in my entire life, which is filled with various tattoo artists and enthusiasts, encountered someone who thought they were superior to anyone who was untattoo’d. As for only dating guys with ink then that isn’t really an issue is it ? If someone likes tattoos on their prospective partner then what harm is that to anyone.

    From my experience people with tattoos are usually fairly friendly and if they are douchebags its not usually causally due to tattoos

  • Samuel

    Good for him, and good for the people who make wrong decisions. At least they are out there doing stuff they regret.

  • Kyle Umbach

    Tattoos dont have to be spot on there bud. Its artwork not Math

  • kaitb1103

    That was actually a very unintentional pun. :) Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Joey Duncan

    you need new friends.

  • Danilo Salvego

    Too much creativity and money to spend.

  • weezer12

    I think it’s amazing! And when she’s 50 or 60 years old people, she’ll be just as proud of it then as she is today!! Tattoos for most people, represent a special time or interest in their lives. It represents who they are or what they love and she is obviously an artist/photographer. ‘And’, it probably doesn’t show film because it’s a ‘DSLR’ which don’t use film … it’s digital!! Imagine that?!! You go girl!! Who cares what other people think?!! It’s not on their arms so it’s really none of their business to judge! Really people, if you don’t have anything nice to say …. then just don’t say a darn thing?! It’s really that simple!! Grow up and try to remember the manners that our parents and grandparents instilled in us when we were growing up. The caring parents taught us to not judge people because they are different or have different looks! Don’t teach your children to be ‘rude’ and ‘judgmental’, teach them about love and how everyone is different in their own way and that’s what makes people unique. KUDOS to you darlin’ for expressing yourself and your love for the arts!

  • weezer12

    I actually prefer the Nikon, but they all get the job done! :D

  • weezer12

    Absolutely! Thank you!

  • weezer12

    DSLR’s DON’T use film!

  • weezer12

    Have you ever seen some of Picasso’s art?? His lines are far from straight & perfect yet his art is worth a fortune?! It’s about expression, not perfection …. that’s why it’s called ‘Art’.