Black and Grey Tattoos

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Alexandyr Valentinedone
room Melbourne 馃嚘馃嚭 路 Brisbane 馃嚘馃嚭 路 Northampton 馃嚞馃嚙
97
Tattoos
108
likes
62
followers
Single Needle
Illustrative
+5

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Zlata Kolomoyskaya 路 Goldy Zdone
room Manhattan
352
Tattoos
523
likes
101
followers
Micro-Realism
Black and Grey Micro-Realism
+3

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
27
Tattoos
6
likes
7
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

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Estepadone
room Barcelona
38
Tattoos
10
likes
8
followers
New School
Neotraditional
+2

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Jefree Naderalidone
room Istanbul
85
Tattoos
136
likes
58
followers
Black and grey

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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
10
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+6

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Victor Zetalldone
room Zaragoza
55
Tattoos
24
likes
32
followers
Realism
Black and grey

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

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Dominik Goralczykdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
68
Tattoos
11
likes
2
followers
Realism
Black and grey

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Roksana Falkowska 路 Sanadone
room London
63
Tattoos
32
likes
17
followers
Single Needle
Black and grey

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Fede Gasdone
room Z眉rich 馃嚚馃嚟
11
Tattoos
3
likes
4
followers
Realism
Neotraditional
+2

Contact

Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
5
Tattoos
6
likes
4
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

Contact

Baran Yilmazdone
room Istanbul
15
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Black and grey
Realism
+4

Contact

O臒uz Do臒anaydone
room Istanbul 馃嚬馃嚪
14
Tattoos
7
likes
1
follower
Realism
Portrait
+2

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Raul Jimenez 路 carahormigadone
room Leioa
4
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Black and grey

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

Contact

Miguel Bohiguesdone
room Aldaia
144
Tattoos
56
likes
82
followers
Black and grey

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Aitor Jimenezdone
room Leioa
5
Tattoos
2
likes
4
followers
Realism
Black and grey
+1

Contact

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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