Dotwork Tattoos

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Michele Volpi 路 mfoxdone
room Bologna
212
Tattoos
272
likes
78
followers
Contemporary
Line Art
+5

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Jo Inkdone
room Seoul
34
Tattoos
19
likes
13
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Iosep Ambokadzedone
room Hamburg
48
Tattoos
64
likes
21
followers
Line Art
Dotwork

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Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin
58
Tattoos
165
likes
42
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫 路 Berlin 馃嚛馃嚜 路 Florence 馃嚠馃嚬 路 Ghent 馃嚙馃嚜 路 Madrid 馃嚜馃嚫 路 Genoa 馃嚠馃嚬 路 Nantes 馃嚝馃嚪 路 Turin 馃嚠馃嚬 路 Milan 馃嚠馃嚬
11
Tattoos
12
likes
9
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+6

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Frauke Katzedone
room Essen 馃嚛馃嚜
188
Tattoos
403
likes
88
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

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Lillian "Honeybadger" Chendone
room Hillsborough
21
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Line Art
+60

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
69
Tattoos
267
likes
93
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
113
Tattoos
163
likes
53
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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Ali Deerandone
room Istanbul
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Illustrative
Blackwork
+1

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Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road
15
Tattoos
31
likes
15
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
30
Tattoos
18
likes
5
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Paula Cruzdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
likes
6
followers
Hand Poked
Nordic
+8

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Beta Pubadone
room Berlin 馃嚛馃嚜
104
Tattoos
61
likes
20
followers
Hand Poked
Blackwork
+5

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Antonella Bubbledone
room Manchester 路 Matera
43
Tattoos
26
likes
21
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+1

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Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi 馃嚮馃嚦
16
Tattoos
8
likes
4
followers
Blackwork
Realism
+6

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Liubov Sorokadone
room Kiev
7
Tattoos
11
likes
3
followers
Graphic
Contemporary
+2

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Ola Oleszkiewicz 路 Pejczidone
room Warsaw 馃嚨馃嚤
2
Tattoos
5
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Illustrative
+3

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description

Dotwork, sometimes called pointillism or stippling, is a technique that builds some or all of a tattoo from separate and individual dots. These can be made by hand or machine, with variations of needle widths and spacing for different effects. It's a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, specially when hand poked.

The style distributes countless dots on the canvas, so that seen from a distance, a picture is made up. Depth and shading is achieved through the various distances between each dot.

Dotwork is visually versatile; it can be a supplementary design element or the sole technique in a tattoo. When used for an impressionist effect, it can simulate solid lines or shapes from afar. When dispersed in a gradient, it can give the appearance of shading.

Hand-poking and hand-tapping dots in tattoos predates recorded history. Contemporary scholars trace the roots of modern dotwork, however, back to the UK. Xed LeHead, often referred to as 鈥淭he Dotfather鈥 by industry professionals, first experimented with 3-needle dot impressionism around 1980. While he wasn鈥檛 the first to use dots in tattooing, he is credited with discovering never-before-seen gradients and patterns that spread throughout the UK, and later adopted by tattooers worldwide.

While original innovations in dotwork were used primarily for sacred motifs and geometric designs, artists can now incorporate dots in almost any art style.

Whether executed by machine or by hand, dotwork tends to be less traumatic to the skin than other techniques, and can often provide a faster / smoother healing process. Consistency requires a highly trained technician, though, to hit the same depth of the dermis with each dot. It can also be an incredibly tedious and time-consuming practice, depending on the complexity of the tattoo.

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