Black and Grey Tattoos

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Roksana Falkowska 路 Sanadone
room London
36
Tattoos
0
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6
followers
Single Needle 路 Microrealism
Black and grey

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Estepadone
room Barcelona
16
Tattoos
3
likes
7
followers
New School
Neotraditional
+2

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Miguel Bohiguesdone
room Aldaia
144
Tattoos
40
likes
66
followers
Black and grey

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Aitor Jimenezdone
room Leioa
5
Tattoos
0
likes
2
followers
New School
Black and grey
+1

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Jefree Naderalidone
room Istanbul
78
Tattoos
117
likes
48
followers
Black and grey

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Victor Zetalldone
room Zaragoza
54
Tattoos
16
likes
29
followers
Realism
Black and grey

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Cindy Cardwelldone
room Gand铆a 馃嚜馃嚫
29
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Minimalist
Black and grey
+4

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Raul Jimenez 路 carahormigadone
room Leioa
3
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Black and grey

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Sergio Gonz谩lez 路 Docedone
room Mislata
57
Tattoos
15
likes
19
followers
Realism
Black and grey
+1

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Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi 馃嚮馃嚦
16
Tattoos
7
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Black and grey
+6

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Gengonzodone
room Chengdu 馃嚚馃嚦
5
Tattoos
6
likes
3
followers
Black and grey
Single Needle 路 Microrealism

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Alexandyr Valentinedone
room Melbourne 馃嚘馃嚭 路 Brisbane 馃嚘馃嚭 路 Northampton 馃嚞馃嚙
91
Tattoos
98
likes
56
followers
Single Needle 路 Microrealism
Illustrative
+5

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
13
likes
4
followers
Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Otte Timardone
room Budapest
11
Tattoos
11
likes
2
followers
New School
Black and grey
+1

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Abraham Hern谩ndez Montesdone
room La Rinconada
79
Tattoos
39
likes
17
followers
Neotraditional
Blackwork
+1

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Ali An谋l Er莽eldone
room Istanbul 馃嚬馃嚪
40
Tattoos
46
likes
14
followers
Black and grey
Blackwork
+3

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Wolfgangdone
room Melbourne
10
Tattoos
12
likes
5
followers
Black and grey
Blackwork

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Luis Cavannadone
room Z眉rich
20
Tattoos
31
likes
8
followers
Minimalist
Line Art
+2

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description

Black and grey tattoos are similar to realism tattooing, but instead of using color, this style only uses black with a heavy use of shading. Is used to create some type of 3D effect without using color.

As the name suggests, this technique combines solid black ink with shades of grey. There are strong ties between the birth of modern "black and grey" tattoos and prison culture, especially in Mexico and the United States.

Tattooing is banned in prisons, so inmates resort to creating their own machines and inks. Charcoal, cigarette ash and black pen ink are often mixed with water and applied into the skin. Diluting solid black with water leads to a "wash" effect of grey tones, adding depth and dimension to 2D tattoos. What began as an experimental necessity for inmates soon became a sought-after technique in the industry.

Originally called "jailhouse style" tattooing in the west, the technique was adopted by licensed tattooers and re-named "black and grey". Ink manufacturers now sell a wide range of grey tones. While some tattooers still dilute black with distilled water, the use of solid grey inks is preferred for a longer lasting look. This shading technique is prevalent all over the world, found in a wide range of aesthetic styles.

According to some tattooers specializing in black and grey tattoos, these tattoos often look best in photos versus real life. This is not to say that a black and grey tattoos cannot be outstanding, it just means that it's very easy to adjust the contrast in a photo to make the blacks darker and make the piece more vibrant, but in real life, black and grey tattoos often heal much softer. Understanding that tattoos are pieces of art that change over time, and that your skin is going to look different than a canvas, will help you adjust your expectations.

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