Blackwork Tattoos

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Vietnam Vietnam
Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi Vietnam Vietnam
14
Tattoos
5
likes
1
follower
Blackwork
Realism
+6

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Turkish
Muge Agciogludone
room Istanbul Turkish
1
Tattoos
0
likes
3
followers
Line Art
Blackwork

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Russian
Kate Svdone
room Manhattan American
103
Tattoos
124
likes
40
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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Australian
Alexandyr Valentinedone
room Melbourne Australian · Brisbane Australian · Northampton British
91
Tattoos
91
likes
51
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Single Needle · Microrealism
Illustrative
+5

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American
Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland American · Los Angeles American
15
Tattoos
7
likes
6
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Spanish
Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona Spanish
22
Tattoos
18
likes
7
followers
Blackwork

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Turkish
Ömer Yıkılmazdone
room Ankara Turkish
9
Tattoos
6
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+3

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Brazilian
Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin German
53
Tattoos
128
likes
32
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

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Brazilian
Danilo Delfinodone
room On the road
23
Tattoos
30
likes
25
followers
Sketch Work
Abstract
+4

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German
Frauke Katzedone
room Essen German
183
Tattoos
350
likes
78
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

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Turkish
Okan Uçkundone
room Manhattan American
72
Tattoos
193
likes
78
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Russian
Alexander Arisovdone
room Saint Petersburg Russian
21
Tattoos
7
likes
26
followers
Realism
Blackwork

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Brody Polinskydone
room Berlin German
79
Tattoos
41
likes
38
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+1

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Spanish
Abraham Hernández Montesdone
room Seville Spanish
79
Tattoos
38
likes
17
followers
Neotraditional
Blackwork
+1

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Hongkongese
Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
19
Tattoos
4
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Turkish
Ali Anıl Erçeldone
room Istanbul Turkish
40
Tattoos
43
likes
14
followers
Black and grey
Blackwork
+3

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Mexican
Pablo Díaz Gordoadone
room Mexico City Mexican
35
Tattoos
143
likes
95
followers
Illustrative
Geometric
+4

Contact

French
Marlène Le Cidredone
room Paris French
17
Tattoos
8
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

Contact

description

Black ink is the oldest known tattoo pigment, a key part of indigenous tattoo culture dating back to the Neolithic era. The term blackwork, in tattooing, broadly defines any design using predominantly black ink. By using nothing but black ink the focus is placed entirely on the design.

Black tattoo art can take many forms, used for many styles, from ancient tribal patterns to modern graphic design. The execution can range from loosely dispersed dots or lines to heavily compacted swaths of solid black. These pieces are typically monochromatic and characterized by contrast. Secondary pigments may be present in more contemporary works.

There is no single definition of well-executed blackwork, though tattooers typically aim for consistency in coverage so the black ink heals with uniformity in tone and texture.

The term “Blackwork” is used in other trades, as well. The origin of the name comes from embroidery done with solid black thread, usually silk, thread on white fabric, especially linen, emphasizing contrast. This embroidery type was popular in England during the Tudor period. The term can also describe the work of a blacksmith, as forging heavy metals in a furnace tends to “blacken” both the product and the person with soot.

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