Engraving Tattoos

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫 路 Berlin 馃嚛馃嚜 路 Milan 馃嚠馃嚬 路 Ghent 馃嚙馃嚜
7
Tattoos
11
likes
8
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+5

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

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Alex Creamdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+7

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Jo Inkdone
room Seoul
20
Tattoos
15
likes
11
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Marl猫ne Le Cidredone
room Paris 馃嚝馃嚪
17
Tattoos
17
likes
5
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire
10
Tattoos
12
likes
2
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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Diego Guimar茫esdone
room Curitiba
8
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Black and grey
Blackwork
+1

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Ruby Goredone
room Gresham 馃嚭馃嚫 路 Philadelphia
7
Tattoos
11
likes
17
followers
Blackwork
Engravings

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Yuldone
room Vancouver
21
Tattoos
7
likes
0
followers
Lettering
Illustrative
+1

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Melle Alyxdone
room Montreal
106
Tattoos
91
likes
45
followers
Blackwork
Engravings

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Otto D'ambradone
room London
88
Tattoos
24
likes
20
followers
Engravings
Surrealism

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Sam Rulzdone
room Vienna
85
Tattoos
41
likes
22
followers
Illustrative
Neotraditional
+1

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Lo茂c LeBeufdone
room Geneva 馃嚚馃嚟 路 Carouge
202
Tattoos
332
likes
98
followers
Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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Lisa Orthdone
room Los Angeles
28
Tattoos
52
likes
35
followers
Engravings
Line Art

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Alex Tabunsdone
room Saint Petersburg 馃嚪馃嚭
70
Tattoos
130
likes
57
followers
Blackwork
Engravings
+2

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Tomislav Majic
room Zagreb
Illustrative
Engravings
+1

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Sasha Masiuk
room Los Angeles 馃嚭馃嚫
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Bruno Malkaviano
room S茫o Paulo
Dotwork
Illustrative
+2

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description

Engraving tattoos simulate the lines and textures of carvings, as if the skin were made of wood, metal or stone. These are also sometimes called 鈥渆tching鈥 or 鈥渨oodcut鈥 tattoos, depending on the artist鈥檚 inspiration and source material.

Engravings are some of the oldest forms of human communication and art, with examples dating back to the Stone Age. Egg shell, bone and rock carvings were present in prehistoric communities around the world.

Woodblock stamps have historical significance in many trades, especially in the printing of texts and textiles. Tattooing also benefitted from the use of carved wooden molds and blocks. Some of the earliest tattoo stencils (tools that transfer designs to the skin as a guideline for tattooers) were made with woodblocks in Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

Engraving and etching, as art forms in the west, exploded during the Middle Ages. With the invention of the printing press, there was a growing demand for mass-produced imagery, as well. Metal and wooden stamps with standardized designs allowed for cheap image reproduction at a high volume. Printing in this fashion was popular until the invention of photography in the 20th century.

In the simplest terms, tattoos mimicking hand carvings tend to have thick and distinct linework with a two-dimensional perspective. Tattoos mimicking machine engravings and etchings may have thinner lines and more complex hatching / cross-hatching (techniques that create the illusion of depth, shading and texture using just lines).

Disambiguation:

Engraving tattoos are not to be confused with 鈥渟kin carving,鈥 which is another term for scarification. The latter is a more invasive body modification where the top layers of skin are peeled away from the body to create a design with scar tissue.

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