Dotwork Tattoos

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Vietnam Vietnam
Xuong Ka Tattoo Artistdone
room Hanoi Vietnam Vietnam
16
Tattoos
7
likes
1
follower
Blackwork
Black and grey
+6

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Italian
Michele Volpi · mfoxdone
room Bologna Italian
139
Tattoos
169
likes
58
followers
Contemporary
Line Art
+5

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Ukrainian
Liubov Sorokadone
room Kiev Ukrainian
7
Tattoos
7
likes
1
follower
Graphic
Contemporary
+2

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Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia
Iosep Ambokadzedone
room Hamburg German
27
Tattoos
44
likes
19
followers
Line Art
Dotwork

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Polish
Ola Oleszkiewicz · Pejczidone
room Warsaw Polish
2
Tattoos
3
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Illustrative
+3

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Russian
Kate Svdone
room Manhattan American
103
Tattoos
125
likes
41
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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Turkish
Ömer Yıkılmazdone
room Ankara Turkish
9
Tattoos
6
likes
5
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+3

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Brazilian
Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin German
53
Tattoos
134
likes
32
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

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British
Francis Merlyn Doodydone
room London British
1
Tattoos
3
likes
1
follower
Hand Poked
Dotwork

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German
Frauke Katzedone
room Essen German
183
Tattoos
355
likes
78
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

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Hongkongese
Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
19
Tattoos
4
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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South Korean
Jo Inkdone
room Seoul South Korean
19
Tattoos
12
likes
9
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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British
Sean Parrydone
room Manchester British
35
Tattoos
15
likes
31
followers
Tribal
Celtic
+3

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French
Wahid Echaddone
room Barcelona Spanish · Berlin German
16
Tattoos
11
likes
9
followers
Blackwork
Dotwork
+1

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Spanish
Ferran Torredone
room Barcelona Spanish
10
Tattoos
10
likes
4
followers
Geometric
Dotwork
+1

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British
rachainsworthdone
room Berlin German
57
Tattoos
215
likes
87
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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New Zealander
Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road · São Paulo Brazilian
12
Tattoos
24
likes
6
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

Contact

Mexican
Fercha Pombodone
room Berlin German
29
Tattoos
54
likes
37
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

Contact

description

Dotwork, sometimes called pointillism or stippling, is a technique that builds some or all of a tattoo from separate and individual dots. These can be made by hand or machine, with variations of needle widths and spacing for different effects. It's a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, specially when hand poked.

The style distributes countless dots on the canvas, so that seen from a distance, a picture is made up. Depth and shading is achieved through the various distances between each dot.

Dotwork is visually versatile; it can be a supplementary design element or the sole technique in a tattoo. When used for an impressionist effect, it can simulate solid lines or shapes from afar. When dispersed in a gradient, it can give the appearance of shading.

Hand-poking and hand-tapping dots in tattoos predates recorded history. Contemporary scholars trace the roots of modern dotwork, however, back to the UK. Xed LeHead, often referred to as “The Dotfather” by industry professionals, first experimented with 3-needle dot impressionism around 1980. While he wasn’t the first to use dots in tattooing, he is credited with discovering never-before-seen gradients and patterns that spread throughout the UK, and later adopted by tattooers worldwide.

While original innovations in dotwork were used primarily for sacred motifs and geometric designs, artists can now incorporate dots in almost any art style.

Whether executed by machine or by hand, dotwork tends to be less traumatic to the skin than other techniques, and can often provide a faster / smoother healing process. Consistency requires a highly trained technician, though, to hit the same depth of the dermis with each dot. It can also be an incredibly tedious and time-consuming practice, depending on the complexity of the tattoo.

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