Freehand Tattoos

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

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Tattoo artists

South african
Jay Freestyledone
room Amsterdam Dutch
98
Tattoos
73
likes
45
followers
Watercolor
Abstract
+2

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

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Romanian
Theodor Gurgudone
room Bucharest Romanian
18
Tattoos
1
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6
followers
Black and grey
Watercolor
+2

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

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French
Entouanedone
room Ixelles Belgian
14
Tattoos
8
likes
11
followers
Freehand
Abstract

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Czech
Dodo · Michal Urbandone
room Plzeň Czech
9
Tattoos
1
like
4
followers
Abstract
Freehand
+3

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German
Caro Leydone
room Berlin German
33
Tattoos
59
likes
37
followers
Freehand
Abstract
+2

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Japanese
GAKKINdone
room Kyoto Japanese · Amsterdam Dutch
68
Tattoos
96
likes
47
followers
Japanese · Irezumi
Blackwork
+1

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British
Jesse Knight
room Barry British
Freehand

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American
Toxyc Xlr
room Austin American
Black and grey
Realism
+1

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German
Basti Schön · Psyland
room Tengen German
Abstract
Freehand

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German
Freak-Mike
room Tengen German
Abstract
Freehand

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German
Marc Riedmann · Little Swastika
room Tengen German
Abstract
Freehand

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British
Curly Moore
room Oxford British
Blackwork
Tribal
+2

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German
3Kreuze
room Essen German
Blackwork
Freehand

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Chilean
David Jorquera
room Santiago Chilean · Kraków Polish
Biomechanical
Black and grey
+1

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Australian
Lawrence Ellozee Hocking · Loz
room Brisbane Australian
Freehand

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American
Max Kuhn
room Richmond American
Freehand
Traditional

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description

Freehand tattoos are designed with markers directly on to the skin, rather than using a printed stencil.

There is a bit more creative freedom and room for improvisation when working freehand. It's a process that also requires a lot of trust from the client, as the full piece usually won't be realized until the day of the session.

Larger tattoos that wrap around contoured body parts may not easily translate designs from a flat paper stencil. While 3D scanning software for tattooing is in development as of 2016, it's not yet widely used by the tattoo industry. For now, it is most common for artists to navigate large pieces by using markers for some or all of the development process.

At times, tattooers may lay a stencil and then adjust any flaws with freehand fixes. These pieces aren't traditionally called "freehand" though, because the majority of the design was still printed and premeditated.

Any kind of aesthetic or style can be achieved freehand; it's an optional method for any tattooer's tool box.

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