Black and Grey Tattoos

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Tattoo artists

Spanish
Miguel Bohiguesdone
room Aldaia Spanish
118
Tattoos
32
likes
64
followers
Black and grey

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Spanish
Sergio González · Docedone
room Mislata Spanish
50
Tattoos
14
likes
19
followers
Realism
Black and grey
+1

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
13
likes
4
followers
Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Hungarian
Otte Timardone
room Budapest Hungarian
11
Tattoos
10
likes
2
followers
New School
Black and grey
+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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Turkish
Ali Anıl Erçeldone
room Istanbul Turkish
40
Tattoos
43
likes
14
followers
Black and grey
Blackwork
+3

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Turkish
Jefree Naderalidone
room Istanbul Turkish
72
Tattoos
111
likes
47
followers
Black and grey

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

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Spanish
Luis Cavannadone
room Zürich Swiss
20
Tattoos
27
likes
6
followers
Minimalist
Line Art
+2

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

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British
Owen Paullsdone
room On the road
24
Tattoos
5
likes
7
followers
Black and grey
Realism

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

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

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Romanian
Theodor Gurgudone
room Bucharest Romanian
18
Tattoos
1
like
6
followers
Black and grey
Watercolor
+2

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Spanish
Victor Zetalldone
room Murcia Spanish
41
Tattoos
15
likes
28
followers
Realism
Black and grey

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

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

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