Dotwork Tattoos

Gallery of dotwork style tattoos that can be filtered by subject, body part and size.

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Italian
Michele Volpi 路 mfoxdone
room Bologna Italian
155
Tattoos
171
likes
57
followers
Contemporary
Line Art
+5

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Russian
Kate Svdone
room Manhattan American
109
Tattoos
143
likes
42
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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British
rachainsworthdone
room Berlin German
60
Tattoos
239
likes
88
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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New Zealander
Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road 路 S茫o Paulo Brazilian
14
Tattoos
28
likes
7
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Iosep Ambokadzedone
room Hamburg German
29
Tattoos
46
likes
19
followers
Line Art
Dotwork

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Brazilian
Beta Pubadone
room Berlin German
104
Tattoos
30
likes
13
followers
Hand Poked
Blackwork
+5

Contact

Italian
Antonella Bubbledone
room Manchester British 路 Matera Italian
43
Tattoos
26
likes
19
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+1

Contact

South Korean
Jo Inkdone
room Seoul South Korean
20
Tattoos
14
likes
9
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Vietnam Vietnam
Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi Vietnam Vietnam
16
Tattoos
7
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Realism
+6

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Ukrainian
Liubov Sorokadone
room Kiev Ukrainian
7
Tattoos
7
likes
1
follower
Graphic
Contemporary
+2

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

Contact

Turkish
脰mer Y谋k谋lmazdone
room Ankara Turkish
9
Tattoos
7
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+3

Contact

Brazilian
Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin German
53
Tattoos
147
likes
33
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

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British
Francis Merlyn Doodydone
room London British
1
Tattoos
3
likes
1
follower
Hand Poked
Dotwork

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German
Frauke Katzedone
room Essen German
183
Tattoos
358
likes
79
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

Contact

Hongkongese
Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
19
Tattoos
7
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

Contact

British
Sean Parrydone
room Manchester British
35
Tattoos
15
likes
32
followers
Tribal
Celtic
+3

Contact

French
Wahid Echaddone
room Barcelona Spanish 路 Berlin German
16
Tattoos
12
likes
9
followers
Blackwork
Dotwork
+1

Contact

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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