Black and Grey Tattoos

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Zlata Kolomoyskaya · Goldy Zdone
room Manhattan
256
Tattoos
443
likes
84
followers
Micro-Realism
Black and Grey Micro-Realism
+3

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

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Fede Gasdone
room Zürich 🇨🇭
4
Tattoos
2
likes
2
followers
Realism
Neotraditional
+2

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Oğuz Doğanaydone
room Istanbul 🇹🇷
14
Tattoos
1
like
0
followers
Realism
Portrait
+2

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Roksana Falkowska · Sanadone
room London
54
Tattoos
19
likes
13
followers
Single Needle
Black and grey

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

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Jefree Naderalidone
room Istanbul
79
Tattoos
127
likes
53
followers
Black and grey

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Estepadone
room Barcelona
26
Tattoos
5
likes
7
followers
New School
Neotraditional
+2

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
2
likes
3
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
9
likes
6
followers
Engravings
Blackwork
+7

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Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
4
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

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Alex Creamdone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+7

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Miguel Bohiguesdone
room Aldaia
144
Tattoos
52
likes
74
followers
Black and grey

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Aitor Jimenezdone
room Leioa
5
Tattoos
2
likes
4
followers
Realism
New School
+1

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Victor Zetalldone
room Zaragoza
54
Tattoos
17
likes
32
followers
Realism
Black and grey

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Cindy Cardwelldone
room Gandía 🇪🇸
29
Tattoos
0
likes
2
followers
Minimalist
Black and grey
+4

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Sergio González · Docedone
room Mislata
57
Tattoos
20
likes
20
followers
Realism
Black and grey
+1

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Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi 🇻🇳
16
Tattoos
8
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Realism
+6

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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