Blackwork Tattoos

Gallery of blackwork style tattoos that can be filtered by subject, body part and size.

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Okan Uçkundone
room Manhattan
83
Tattoos
238
likes
95
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
326
Tattoos
739
likes
18
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle
+9

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Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
78
Tattoos
24
likes
8
followers
Blackwork

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AndrΓ©s Makishidone
room Lima πŸ‡΅πŸ‡ͺ
9
Tattoos
8
likes
5
followers
Realism
Blackwork
+2

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Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland Β· Los Angeles
28
Tattoos
17
likes
13
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Sweetstattoodone
room Donostia - San SebastiΓ‘n
20
Tattoos
12
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Minimalist
+2

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Pablo DΓ­az Gordoadone
room Mexico City
36
Tattoos
155
likes
104
followers
Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
5
Tattoos
5
likes
4
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
69
Tattoos
260
likes
92
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
113
Tattoos
160
likes
51
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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eXomorphdone
room Berlin
5
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Abstract
Geometric
+7

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

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Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road Β· SΓ£o Paulo πŸ‡§πŸ‡·
15
Tattoos
31
likes
14
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
30
Tattoos
12
likes
4
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Hey.Nortedone
room Barcelona πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+9

Contact

Shindadone
room Barcelona πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

Contact

Silly Janedone
room Barcelona πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
4
Tattoos
3
likes
2
followers
Illustrative
Neo Japanese
+3

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 β€œBlackwork” 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 β€œblacken” both the product and the person with soot.

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