Blackwork Tattoos

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Turkish
Okan U莽kundone
room Manhattan American
75
Tattoos
197
likes
78
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Slovenian
Jure Werberdone
room Maribor Slovenian
40
Tattoos
40
likes
2
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle 路 Microrealism
+9

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Russian
Kate Svdone
room Manhattan American
106
Tattoos
143
likes
41
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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New Zealander
Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road 路 S茫o Paulo Brazilian
13
Tattoos
25
likes
6
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Brazilian
Beta Pubadone
room Berlin German
104
Tattoos
30
likes
12
followers
Hand Poked
Blackwork
+5

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Italian
Antonella Bubbledone
room Manchester British 路 Matera Italian
43
Tattoos
26
likes
19
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+1

Contact

American
Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland American 路 Los Angeles American
18
Tattoos
8
likes
8
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

Contact

Vietnam Vietnam
Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi Vietnam Vietnam
16
Tattoos
7
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Black and grey
+6

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Peruvian
Andr茅s Makishidone
room Lima Peruvian
7
Tattoos
7
likes
4
followers
Realism
Blackwork
+2

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Turkish
Muge Agciogludone
room Istanbul Turkish
1
Tattoos
0
likes
3
followers
Line Art
Blackwork

Contact

Australian
Alexandyr Valentinedone
room Brisbane Australian 路 Melbourne Australian 路 Northampton British
91
Tattoos
97
likes
55
followers
Single Needle 路 Microrealism
Illustrative
+5

Contact

Spanish
Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona Spanish
22
Tattoos
18
likes
7
followers
Blackwork

Contact

Turkish
脰mer Y谋k谋lmazdone
room Ankara Turkish
9
Tattoos
7
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+3

Contact

Brazilian
Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin German
53
Tattoos
147
likes
33
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

Contact

Brazilian
Danilo Delfinodone
room On the road
23
Tattoos
30
likes
25
followers
Sketch Work
Abstract
+4

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German
Frauke Katzedone
room Essen German
183
Tattoos
357
likes
78
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

Contact

Russian
Alexander Arisovdone
room Saint Petersburg Russian
21
Tattoos
7
likes
26
followers
Realism
Blackwork

Contact

Brody Polinskydone
room Berlin German
79
Tattoos
46
likes
38
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+1

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 鈥淏lackwork鈥 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 鈥渂lacken鈥 both the product and the person with soot.

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