Black and Grey Tattoos

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Spanish
Sergio González · Docedone
room Mislata Spanish
18
followers
44
Tattoos
10
likes
Realism
Black and grey
+1

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Turkish
Ali Anıl Erçeldone
room Istanbul Turkish
11
followers
40
Tattoos
33
likes
Black and grey
Blackwork
+3

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Turkish
Jefree Naderalidone
room Istanbul Turkish
43
followers
72
Tattoos
102
likes
Black and grey

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
3
followers
10
Tattoos
8
likes
Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Australian
Wolfgangdone
room Melbourne Australian
4
followers
10
Tattoos
11
likes
Black and grey
Blackwork

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Spanish
Luis Cavannadone
room Zürich Swiss
5
followers
20
Tattoos
24
likes
Minimalist
Line Art
+2

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Danish
Line Mariëlledone
room Aarhus Danish
13
followers
40
Tattoos
11
likes
Black and grey
Portrait

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Spanish
Abraham Hernández Montesdone
room Seville Spanish
16
followers
77
Tattoos
25
likes
Neotraditional
Blackwork
+1

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Spanish
Miguel Bohiguesdone
room Aldaia Spanish
64
followers
113
Tattoos
32
likes
Black and grey

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British
Owen Paullsdone
room On the road
7
followers
24
Tattoos
2
likes
Black and grey
Realism

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Spanish
Aitor Jimenezdone
room Leioa Spanish
2
followers
2
Tattoos
0
likes
New School
Black and grey
+1

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Spanish
May Padialdone
room Malaga Spanish
0
followers
1
Tattoos
2
likes
Black and grey
Portrait

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Romanian
Theodor Gurgudone
room Bucharest Romanian
6
followers
18
Tattoos
0
likes
Black and grey
Watercolor
+2

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Spanish
Victor Zetalldone
room Murcia Spanish
27
followers
41
Tattoos
15
likes
Realism
Black and grey

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Mexican
Sergio Es Gonzálezdone
room Tezoyuca Mexican
3
followers
12
Tattoos
2
likes
Single Needle
Line Art
+2

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Israel
Michael Litovkindone
room Tel Aviv Israel · Frankfurt German
5
followers
4
Tattoos
1
like
Realism
Black and grey
+1

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French
Skellington Tattoodone
room Le Puy-en-Velay French
3
followers
1
Tattoos
1
like
Dotwork
Geometric
+1

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Spanish
Sergio DCdone
room Castellón de la Plana Spanish
2
followers
8
Tattoos
0
likes
Black and grey

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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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