Blackwork Tattoos

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Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland · Los Angeles
26
Tattoos
10
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12
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Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Sweetstattoodone
room Donostia - San Sebastián
14
Tattoos
7
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1
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Line Art
Minimalist
+2

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
121
Tattoos
161
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11
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle
+9

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
113
Tattoos
152
likes
48
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
66
Tattoos
254
likes
91
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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eXomorphdone
room Berlin
5
Tattoos
3
likes
1
follower
Abstract
Geometric
+7

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Ali Deerandone
room Istanbul
0
Tattoos
0
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1
follower
Illustrative
Blackwork
+1

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Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road · São Paulo 🇧🇷
15
Tattoos
29
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9
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
30
Tattoos
11
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Hey.Nortedone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
2
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+9

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

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Silly Janedone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
3
likes
2
followers
Illustrative
Neo Japanese
+3

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Benny Tattooerdone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
3
likes
1
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Neo Japanese
Japanese · Irezumi
+13

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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
3
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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Nattachai Watondone
room Chonburi
8
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Blackwork
New School
+3

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Nero Morensdone
room Berlin 🇩🇪
15
Tattoos
1
like
4
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork

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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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