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Tattoo Artist’s Hyper-Realistic Designs Go Viral And Now People Are Flying To Him

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A North Carolina tattoo artist is finding viral fame on TikTok for his hyper-realistic tattoos.

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Jonathan Dump of Fayetteville, N.C. says that he has always “had a passion for art” and the ink and needle of a tattoo artist have been his choice for many years.

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Jon, as he is known, has been at “Best Ink of Fayetteville” for almost ten years and in that time, he has worked hard to perfect his favorite styles.

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“I think for the most part portraits and realism is where my focus is,” he told ABC11.

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And customers such as Zach McClanahan have been loyal to Jon for years.

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“It’s been great work. Every time I come in with a piece or an idea, I just give it to Jon and he makes it happen,” Mcclanahan said.

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But it was on TikTok where Jon has made his mark (pun intended).

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He posts his hyper-realistic tattoo portraits and has gone viral with millions of eyes on his work.

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With his portraits of famous musicians and other celebrities, he’s amassed a large fan base. Even some of the other artists themselves!

He started posting his videos during the pandemic and they began to take off in November.

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He’s accumulated over 7.5 million likes and over half a million followers.

“I am very shocked. If you would’ve asked me ten years ago, when I started tattooing, if this would be going on, I would tell you that you were crazy,” Jon joked.

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And now he’s getting clients from far away! “I did a portrait of Garth Brooks, and (the client) flew in from Mississippi,” he said.

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Jon said his little taste of fame and worldwide attention wouldn’t change him at all; instead, he said he is honored to represent Fayetteville.

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“Just proud to, you know, keep it on the map. I know everybody’s put it on the map; I’m proud to keep it on the map,” he concluded.

Written by Kate Hackett

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