Blackwork Tattoos

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
52
Tattoos
42
likes
4
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle · Microrealism
+9

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Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland · Los Angeles
20
Tattoos
10
likes
9
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
61
Tattoos
239
likes
88
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
111
Tattoos
143
likes
42
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road · São Paulo 🇧🇷
14
Tattoos
28
likes
7
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
24
Tattoos
18
likes
7
followers
Blackwork

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Okan Uçkundone
room Manhattan
75
Tattoos
204
likes
78
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Beta Pubadone
room Berlin 🇩🇪
104
Tattoos
32
likes
14
followers
Hand Poked
Blackwork
+5

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Antonella Bubbledone
room Manchester · Matera
43
Tattoos
26
likes
19
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+1

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

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Andrés Makishidone
room Lima 🇵🇪
7
Tattoos
7
likes
4
followers
Realism
Blackwork
+2

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

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Alexandyr Valentinedone
room Melbourne 🇦🇺 · Brisbane 🇦🇺 · Northampton 🇬🇧
91
Tattoos
98
likes
56
followers
Single Needle · Microrealism
Illustrative
+5

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Ömer Yıkılmazdone
room Ankara 🇹🇷
9
Tattoos
7
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+3

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Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin
53
Tattoos
147
likes
34
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

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

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Frauke Katzedone
room Essen 🇩🇪
183
Tattoos
360
likes
79
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

Contact

Alexander Arisovdone
room Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
21
Tattoos
8
likes
26
followers
Realism
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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