Blackwork Tattoos

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Okan Uçkundone
room Manhattan
76
Tattoos
205
likes
79
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
64
Tattoos
46
likes
4
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle · Microrealism
+9

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Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland · Los Angeles
19
Tattoos
9
likes
9
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
61
Tattoos
240
likes
88
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
111
Tattoos
146
likes
42
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road · São Paulo 🇧🇷
14
Tattoos
28
likes
7
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
24
Tattoos
18
likes
7
followers
Blackwork

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Beta Pubadone
room Berlin 🇩🇪
104
Tattoos
38
likes
15
followers
Hand Poked
Blackwork
+5

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Antonella Bubbledone
room Manchester · Matera
43
Tattoos
26
likes
19
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+1

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Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi 🇻🇳
16
Tattoos
7
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Black and grey
+6

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Andrés Makishidone
room Lima 🇵🇪
7
Tattoos
7
likes
4
followers
Realism
Blackwork
+2

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Muge Agciogludone
room Istanbul 🇹🇷
1
Tattoos
0
likes
3
followers
Line Art
Blackwork

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Alexandyr Valentinedone
room Melbourne 🇦🇺 · Brisbane 🇦🇺 · Northampton 🇬🇧
91
Tattoos
100
likes
56
followers
Single Needle · Microrealism
Illustrative
+5

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Ömer Yıkılmazdone
room Ankara 🇹🇷
9
Tattoos
7
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+3

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Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin
53
Tattoos
151
likes
35
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

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Danilo Delfinodone
room On the road
23
Tattoos
30
likes
26
followers
Sketch Work
Abstract
+4

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Frauke Katzedone
room Essen 🇩🇪
183
Tattoos
363
likes
79
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

Contact

Alexander Arisovdone
room Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
21
Tattoos
8
likes
26
followers
Realism
Blackwork

Contact

description

Black ink is the oldest known tattoo pigment, a key part of indigenous tattoo culture dating back to the Neolithic era. The term blackwork, in tattooing, broadly defines any design using predominantly black ink. By using nothing but black ink the focus is placed entirely on the design.

Black tattoo art can take many forms, used for many styles, from ancient tribal patterns to modern graphic design. The execution can range from loosely dispersed dots or lines to heavily compacted swaths of solid black. These pieces are typically monochromatic and characterized by contrast. Secondary pigments may be present in more contemporary works.

There is no single definition of well-executed blackwork, though tattooers typically aim for consistency in coverage so the black ink heals with uniformity in tone and texture.

The term “Blackwork” is used in other trades, as well. The origin of the name comes from embroidery done with solid black thread, usually silk, thread on white fabric, especially linen, emphasizing contrast. This embroidery type was popular in England during the Tudor period. The term can also describe the work of a blacksmith, as forging heavy metals in a furnace tends to “blacken” both the product and the person with soot.

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