Engraving Tattoos

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French
Marlène Le Cidredone
room Paris French
17
Tattoos
9
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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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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French
Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire French
10
Tattoos
1
like
1
follower
Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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Brazilian
Diego Guimarãesdone
room Curitiba Brazilian
8
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Black and grey
Blackwork
+1

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American
Ruby Goredone
room Gresham American · Philadelphia American
7
Tattoos
10
likes
16
followers
Blackwork
Engravings

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New Zealander
Sam Rulzdone
room Vienna Austrian
69
Tattoos
34
likes
20
followers
Illustrative
Neotraditional
+1

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French
Melle Alyxdone
room Montreal
59
Tattoos
72
likes
41
followers
Blackwork
Engravings

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Swiss
Loïc LeBeufdone
room Geneva Swiss · Carouge Swiss
172
Tattoos
297
likes
87
followers
Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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American
Lisa Orthdone
room Los Angeles American
27
Tattoos
46
likes
30
followers
Engravings
Line Art

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Russian
Alex Tabunsdone
room Saint Petersburg Russian
69
Tattoos
115
likes
53
followers
Blackwork
Engravings
+2

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Italian
Otto D'ambradone
room London British
14
Tattoos
19
likes
16
followers
Engravings
Surrealism

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Finnish
Sara Fabel
room Costa Mesa American
Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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Australian
Kane Melbourne
room Melbourne Australian
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Dutch
Susanne König · Suflanda
room Hamburg German · Manchester British
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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French
Mimissikuite · Renaud Delmaire
room London British
Illustrative
Engravings

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Spanish
Andreu Matallana
room Barcelona Spanish
Illustrative
Engravings
+2

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Russian
Sasha Masiuk ·
room Saint Petersburg Russian
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Meagan Blackwood
room Montreal
Engravings
Line Art
+1

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description

Engraving tattoos simulate the lines and textures of carvings, as if the skin were made of wood, metal or stone. These are also sometimes called “etching” or “woodcut” tattoos, depending on the artist’s inspiration and source material.

Engravings are some of the oldest forms of human communication and art, with examples dating back to the Stone Age. Egg shell, bone and rock carvings were present in prehistoric communities around the world.

Woodblock stamps have historical significance in many trades, especially in the printing of texts and textiles. Tattooing also benefitted from the use of carved wooden molds and blocks. Some of the earliest tattoo stencils (tools that transfer designs to the skin as a guideline for tattooers) were made with woodblocks in Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

Engraving and etching, as art forms in the west, exploded during the Middle Ages. With the invention of the printing press, there was a growing demand for mass-produced imagery, as well. Metal and wooden stamps with standardized designs allowed for cheap image reproduction at a high volume. Printing in this fashion was popular until the invention of photography in the 20th century.

In the simplest terms, tattoos mimicking hand carvings tend to have thick and distinct linework with a two-dimensional perspective. Tattoos mimicking machine engravings and etchings may have thinner lines and more complex hatching / cross-hatching (techniques that create the illusion of depth, shading and texture using just lines).

Disambiguation:

Engraving tattoos are not to be confused with “skin carving,” which is another term for scarification. The latter is a more invasive body modification where the top layers of skin are peeled away from the body to create a design with scar tissue.

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