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Remember the Best Optical Illusion Ever article, posted two months ago? Well, those of you who’ve seen it will have no trouble understanding this one. Rest of you, quickly jump to the prequel post before continuing with this one. Ok, now when you know where this is going, there’s still one additional Easter Egg left. There is a gallery included below, which reveals how this optical illusion came to existence. In my humble opinion, Craig Tracy really deserves being included in some sort of Art Hall of Fame. Did I remind you that what you are seeing is a real life photo? Now for that Easter Egg – count how many individuals were included this time ;)

Body Paint Tiger Optical Illusion - Craig Tracy 1

Check how this illusion came to existance:

  • Falon

    Lol, not as nice as the “Best Illusion Ever” but it’s cool. o.-

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Yiangou/676481960 Christopher Yiangou

    Man, I also need to think up some fancy pretext to get 3 girls to pose naked for me.

  • Thanos

    NO WAY! not even close to the other one.

  • Isaac

    it has a big nose, jejeje, it’s seems fake since the begining, the best illusion Ever is the best…

  • evee44

    Old one was better, but this is pretty good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Haviland/100000657164709 Richard Haviland

    Never had the chance to see number one, but these three ladies make for a good illusion.

  • Mya Lterego

    I really tired of seeing this site use naked females to drive up hits. I am deleting your widget.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Levy/100000498952391 Chris Levy

    This one isn’t as good as the best illusion Ever, but i didn’t notice the other 2 girls :-)+<

  • spotte10

    I could spot the person as the nose pretty quickly, but it took me a bit to distinguish the other two.
    Still think the Snow Leopard one is better though.

  • Care Bear

    Enough with the bare bums already.

  • Pete

    More like a ‘Find Waldo’ than an illusion. Too
    contrived.

  • Gman

    Ha ha, that’s right Christopher.
    At least this one is colorful.
    Now all thats missing, is more jokes about the tiger’s nose.

  • Nobody

    that is really, really cool.

  • zumbi

    the first one was a better illusion, but this one is a nicer picture overall

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jen-Steffen/619055478 Jen Steffen

    I would so let Craig Tracy paint me. I love his art.

  • Nicole

    I think the lepord one is much much much better.

  • jellyflower

    Put your face to it. It’ll turn into a baboon

  • kaz

    How is it even an illusion? I don’t get it!

  • Monk Puree

    This isn’t an optical illusion, but a very cool photo nonetheless.

  • lolipop101

    its pretty wrong but quite amazing though the other one is better!

  • liam

    Best Optical Illusion EVER? is better

  • Boblibo

    vraiment trop cool

  • BraDRoBBo

    Bodypaint FTW!:) Knew what it was from my iGoogle straight away but i still love it;) heh

  • Judy

    Nit the second best, psh – the entire mouth of the tiger is disproportional to the rest of the facial structure of the animal

  • Khuzam

    awww i cant even see this one or the old one :(

  • jessica

    i loved it!!

  • caddy

    can we move on from female butts,boring.

  • nemesissisemen

    Ok.. this should take the title of ‘best optical illusion ever’… easier to switch between the two depicted pictures and both look more believable.. this, unlike the first one, is an excellent illusion right there!

  • Ken Loar

    its GRRRRRREAT

  • http://www.weddinginthesky.com/manila-weddings.html Manila Weddings

    That was awesome! Who would’ve thought that these are actually 3 women?

  • http://www.subliminalmessages.com Habby

    i figured it out right away

  • katie oneal

    ive seen better

  • P3

    I’ve seen tigers alot and this one is the most fake i’ve ever seen. Sorry, but it doesn’t have the tiger factor….

  • ALex

    thyis is okay but no where ne3ar as good at the first best illusion ever

  • dani

    It’s a tiger with a big nose

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryz-Baliang-Pulicay/100000908284111 Bryz Baliang Pulicay

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder

  • AshleyDawnO4

    This is pretty badass. & technically it is an optical illusion because it is taking one object (or in this case 3) and turning them into another object. Pretty sweet.

  • Avery Lou

    really good.

  • abbydawnpantsfan

    ok….. the nose is the back of a naked woman!!!

  • TheWickedJizzer

    I jizzed in my pants!

  • http://www.alpacacincelada.com.ar taktakhola

    E S P E C T A C U L A R ! ! ! !

  • Yuki

    I still don’t see the other two =S

  • http://www.facebook.com isaac

    there are three girls

  • Spoiler

    Thats nasty

  • http://www.facebook.com/marufk Maruf Khan

    oh man thats so cool ….its a great art

  • Loopy lou

    May not be as good as but how beautiful, can i take this time to remind all big cat lovers that Abu of Zion Wildlife Ddns passed away a year ago today, R.I.P Abu, You truly were a beauty!

  • lover

    I’m a big cat lover… but now I know I’d look them in an all new special way :D

  • EVELYN

    it look real

  • Dragonii

    His work is good, but boy is he a douche.
    I have met him several times, he lives here in New Orleans. He thinks he is better than damn near anyone that he meets and he is more than willing to tell you how he is better than you.

    I hate seeing talented artist that are so stuck up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sven-Aerts/525039600 Sven Aerts

    Hihi … funny!

  • Ryan

    That’s a shame Dragonii. I pass his gallery almost everyday during work and it’s so awesome.

    • http://msn.com chebornik yahkov

      She’s smelling her own feline as*hole. And to think I was almost fooled.

  • Binks

    No – it’s a ‘real life photo’ OF a painting. A painting on two overlapping canvases; one of which is a living 3D canvas (a human body). I wouldn’t count it an optical illusion at all. All it did for me was make me wonder why the nose/muzzle were so incredibly wonky. Any half decent street artist could do this. It can’t be the most amazing O.I. because it isn’t one at all.

    • carlos

      if its not so amazing then you paint it, if its something that you do not have the ability to do then you should be amazed and give credit where credit is due, and if you cant give credit you most certainly shouldn’t criticize because you cannot do better.

    • truthy

      This is not an O.I.

    • Daniel Birns

      seems ppl feel they have to say something negative just because the optical illusion wasnt hard enough for them. and like someone on here already posted: grow up nudity is the most natural thing in the world its ppl that see nudity and think it must mean sex that have destroyed the art not to mention what the porn industry and the common puritan misgivings towards it that have made you view it the way you do. if you had to think of this sexually then you havent passed puberty and if you physically did that already your brain may never follow suit sorry to inform you…

    • Glen

      I agree, it is not an optical illusion. It is creative, but not an OI in any way.

    • llp

      There are actually three “living 3D canvases” here. The eyes are painted on 2 women as well.

    • Olivander

      Ummm… let’s see @Binks… last time I checked, an “Optical Illusion” was defined as:
      “An experience of seeming to see something that does not exist or that is other than it appears.” What part of that definition’s criteria does this artwork NOT meet?? The tiger does not exist, and it is other than it appears.

      Stop trying to sound “smart”, because, really, it just makes you look dumb.

    • James

      @olivander
      It doesn’t meet it at all because it is a painting of a tiger over 2 different canvases. It’s a very good painting but it’s still not an illusion – the painting actually exists, it looks like a tiger and it is suppose to look like a tiger.
      We are seeing a woman’s back painted to look like a tigers face. The fact that you can’t tell it is a woman’s back doesn’t make it an illusion.

  • jeyjey

    I would lije to be that tiger Nose… yumy

  • Nicky

    The other one with the leopard was harder to figure out then this one…looked more like a leopard. This one you can see that the nose is a bit bigger than it should be.

  • SlobberingJimBob

    Wow, Porn as “art”?!?! Seems anything still goes on the Internet.

    This lovely optical delusion has been brought to you presumably by your local State-sponsored public foo, er, school system.

    Thanks, Uncle Sam. You’re SWELL!!!

    When I grow up I want to be JUST LIKE this “artist”, drawing animals on naked people! Wait, they used to do this in the stone age, but my teacher told me we’ve EVOLVED past this, no??? Oh never mind, let’s stop thinking about it and just have FUN!!!

    • Invictus

      Haha I love ignorant people! Grow up and stop viewing a naked body as inappropriate good lord!

    • SLY

      Just shut up and enjoy art at a different point of view, yea?

    • naomi

      LOL! I wish you knew how ridiculously STUPID you just made yourself sound. what are you six?

    • Olivander

      And what, exactly, makes the image “porn” in the first place?? The fact that the women don’t have any clothes on? That somehow makes it pornographic? Jesus… not so much as a nipple showing, and you buffoons still call it porn.

      I pity the woman who you grow up to marry… once you reach high school age, of course.

    • sterling

      Porn? what porn.

  • Sexy Erica

    I figured that out in less than 10 seconds. Now every time I look at it I see nothing but the girl the rug and the pillow.

    • Kyuu

      er…it’s not a pillow. it’s actually two other men, if you would look at the pictures it clearly shows it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danelle-Deedee-Doernbrack/507504043 Danelle Deedee Doernbrack

    this artist does amazing work. this isnt his best one.. but its is a good one.. his name is craig tracy and he sells his artwork at the “oh my godard galleries” in las vegas, lake tahoe, florida.. hes from new orleans…

    and to slobberingjimbob, it is not easy to airbrush a painting onto a body, you still need to understand depth in order to do this, which you obviously do not…

  • drew

    OMG ! Worst part is that I saw a girl right off & didn’t see the tiger until I read the caption “girl or tiger ?” lol
    too funny
    What can I say, I have man eyes !

  • DJ

    I like this pic. Chick has nice ass.

    • Lu Pagliato

      Hi DJ, I love sounds…

  • kooki101

    my friend emailed this to me im 12 and i figured this out as soon as i saw it there is a woman laying down her butt is like the tigers mouth he back runs up his snout and her shoulderblades are in between his eyes right in the middle of his forehead u can see her hair fliped over the back of her head

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jae-Eraroc-Osiris/100001442029842 Jae Eraroc Osiris

    Beautiful!

    • Lu Pagliato

      You are beautiful Jae

  • Gjt6168

    craig tracy is an extremely talented artist. we grew up across the street from 1 another. I have been knowing him for most of my life. There are actually 3 models in this pic. I personally think this pic is pretty amazing. but for some of you hard core critics out there maybe you should take this into account. craig tracy the artist is considered legally blind.

  • Shadowblade

    …….OMG

  • ZombielandFan

    Awesome.Happytreefriendsnutty

  • Franco

    I would have been MUCH better if she had taken
    her pink strap off ! Don’t you think.

  • jabar detroit

    her body to thick an sexy for paint

  • crave

    Any artist can do this crap art. Its not even a real illusion nor art. Just gimmick crap. Please don’t comment, than you do it. That is the sign of a pure idiot. Anyone can do it, why would I want to paint crap porn for art? I went thru puberty already.

    • Resolution

      crave, get a life. don’t say you can do it if you won’t prove it. That’s just childish. Either evolution skipped your blood line or you’ve not begun puberty and your first period starts soon. Either way, no one likes your stupid comment.

  • Shaun Bouchard

    Le tigre:-)

  • Harry Koyl

    Hello! I LOVE your site! I also agree that you should get some compensation for acknowledging commercial advertising and displays, etc… The consumer, or a simple “passer-by,” gets a second look at what the artists, and the businesses work so hard for. We all take so much for granted, but your site entertains and enlightens! I’m telling everyone I know about you site! Bravo!

  • Kotawi

    It would be nice to mention, the painting was entitled “The Last South China Tiger” and was painted to increase awareness of Save China’s Tigers efforts to save the world’s most endangered tiger.

  • http://www.ryerose.com/ Torb Vantabier

    Very neat, this is art.

  • Creama sumyungai

    Not an illusion, but interesting, none the less.

    • Dan

      …um, what? Then what is it then? Can you be more specific?

  • machine

    Wow three whores spray painted.Thats been done before.

    • Olivander

      Nice. They’re “whores” just because they’re naked?? What 16th century hole did YOU crawl out of.

  • god

    just wrote the longest comment ever and it wouldnt submit. then it disappeared. fml

  • Harry

    It’s not an optical illusion at all it’s just camouflage with paint. It’s not difficult to paint something so it resembles something else. Real illusions distort perspectives etc to realise optical effects.

  • wazzup gadlee

    friends every 1 sees the eye ,nose but where is the mouth

  • xzendor7

    Sorry To Say, But This As Well Is Not An Optical Illusion. What It Is, Is An Skilled Artist Using The Female Human Form As An Artistic Medium In Lieu Of A Traditional Canvas

  • CCC

    This was Chinese a TV ad for an organisation protecting endangered tigers in China.

  • A

    This Craig Tracy painting is actually three women. While many CAN perform body painting, this guy’s vision and detail is amazing. Additionally, the many hours it takes to set it up perfectly should also be considered. The work is actually an un-retouched non-manipulated photograph of the original live work.

  • scott

    I believe you all r OI’s. Don’t because u lack the greatness.

  • Stefan

    In Germany we say Optische Täuschung

  • kstormgemini

    First of all… Beautiful work!

    Secondly, why do so many people equate any sort of nudity as “porn”? Seriously… This is Not porn. Any more than the statue of David is porn or many other works of art hanging in many of our best known and Art Accredited galleries around the world. But I will Not feed the trolls. Moving on…

    Lastly, and I know this will sound juvenile but the pragmatic side of me has to have its say… The poor people being used in this must be Seriously freezing their… Uh… Whiskers off. Hurry up and take the photo then give them their clothes back and a cup of hot cocoa. Poor things! o_o

  • itsirhC

    i love how, in the 4th gallery photo, her feet look a little like the tiger’s pink tongue, lol…it’s a slight stretch, but i like it :))

  • mitko

    nice

  • Eddie

    I love the work that goes into the prints. Its amazing how thae artist con paint the body and camoflage it into somthing else. Also the body paint is just amazing. Is it art or porn,if you think it is porn than you need some meds. It is art and I would call it fine art. It takes hours to complete so kudos to the models.

  • BevelynnFannie Anderson

    how can i get some of these picture on my page just to be able to laugh when i am uptight and need a good laugh.

  • Myles

    Ingenious!! I cannot imagine how the nose model endured that position for any length of time at all! Oooooh my aching legs!! I am having sympathy pains from merely looking at the finished piece of art! There were either numerous breaks, it was very warm in the studio, deep heating rub was applied generously and often, she was in amazing condition, or she sacrificed her legs & feet for the sake of art.

  • Gilmaru

    Damn lucky painters..

  • Kay

    ok, so, besides the chick whose mooning us, are there other naked people in this picture? I need help because I really don’t see it…

  • Dawda

    This is the first time ever I even remotely come to think about humping a tigers nose….

  • Joseph

    I know right I just wanna wame the very crack of the tigers nose LMAO lol …hell no thats just weird lol but really thats some insane art !!!

  • Wild Bill

    Are you guys okay?If your horney go get some pussy but dont jerk off thats my thing okay?

  • Ashley

    I have seen this and many more of his original prints at his gallery in New Orleans. Amazing work! Some of them you have to look very hard to see the body of the woman. Even when you know it’s there. Check out his website. http://www.craigtracy.com

  • amanda victoria

    ExistAnce????

    Journalism gone to hell…

  • Grace

    9 is there more

  • Grace

    9 is there more?

  • Grace

    @vurdlak how do you add illusions?

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