Black and Grey Tattoos

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
1
like
1
follower
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
likes
2
followers
Engravings
Blackwork
+7

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Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
2
likes
1
follower
Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

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Alex Creamdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
likes
1
follower
Blackwork
Illustrative
+7

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Roksana Falkowska 路 Sanadone
room London
40
Tattoos
5
likes
9
followers
Single Needle 路 Microrealism
Black and grey

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Estepadone
room Barcelona
18
Tattoos
5
likes
7
followers
New School
Neotraditional
+2

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Miguel Bohiguesdone
room Aldaia
144
Tattoos
48
likes
69
followers
Black and grey

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Aitor Jimenezdone
room Leioa
5
Tattoos
1
like
2
followers
Realism
Black and grey
+1

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Jefree Naderalidone
room Istanbul
78
Tattoos
122
likes
51
followers
Black and grey

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Victor Zetalldone
room Zaragoza
54
Tattoos
17
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
19
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
Realism
+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
101
likes
58
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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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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