Sketch Work Tattoos

Gallery of sketch work style tattoos that can be filtered by subject, body part and size.

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

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

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Ukrainian
Aleksandra Katsan · dopeindulgencedone
room Kiev Ukrainian
45
Tattoos
64
likes
37
followers
Illustrative
Watercolor
+1

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Turkish
Baris Yesilbasdone
room Brooklyn American · Istanbul Turkish
91
Tattoos
100
likes
40
followers
Sketch Work
Graphic
+1

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South Korean
Jo Inkdone
room Seoul South Korean
19
Tattoos
11
likes
9
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Italian
X and the Deathdone
room Berlin German
28
Tattoos
3
likes
6
followers
Illustrative
Sketch Work
+1

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South Korean
Tattooist Danieldone
room Seoul South Korean
22
Tattoos
16
likes
6
followers
Abstract
Contemporary
+2

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Chilean
Nedielko Matadone
room Viña del Mar Chilean
10
Tattoos
16
likes
6
followers
Sketch Work
Watercolor

Contact

French
Charlotte Chadeaudone
room Marseille French
9
Tattoos
5
likes
14
followers
Watercolor
Realism
+2

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Malaysian
En Tze (恩诗) · Miss Haematicdone
room Thunder Bay
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Sketch Work
Watercolor

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Italian
Cloto Acherontiadone
room London British
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Sketch Work

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French
L'oiseau · Franck Solerdone
room Collioure French
154
Tattoos
202
likes
87
followers
Sketch Work

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Argentinian
Caro Falconedone
room Madrid Spanish
19
Tattoos
1
like
2
followers
Illustrative
Watercolor
+1

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Italian
Luca Testadiferrodone
room Ancona Italian
50
Tattoos
1
like
1
follower
Sketch Work

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Argentinian
Dino Nemecdone
room Columbus American
186
Tattoos
323
likes
95
followers
Sketch Work
Illustrative

Contact

Chilean
Adrian Bascurdone
room Viña del Mar Chilean
159
Tattoos
353
likes
134
followers
Watercolor
Sketch Work

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Brazilian
Fernando & Priscila · La Bottega dell'Artedone
room Goiânia Brazilian
38
Tattoos
49
likes
32
followers
Graphic
Sketch Work

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Polish
Joanna Świrska · Dżo Lamadone
room Wroclaw Polish
72
Tattoos
77
likes
20
followers
Contemporary
Illustrative
+2

Contact

description

Sketch tattoos are characterized by deliberately loose line work, similar to a rough draft found in a sketchbook. This style integrates unclear outlines and semi-colored areas, resembling sketches in an artist's sketchbook.

This technique is very new in contemporary tattooing. Before the 21st century, bold and clean black lines were held as a standard to measure the quality of a tattoo in Eastern and Western regions. Wavering, partial or stray line work was considered unintentional, and thus the mark of an inexperienced tattooer.

With the introduction of the internet and social media, many new artists started flocking to the tattoo trade without any preconceived biases. Illustrators began experimenting with new kinds of line work, including the addition of faint outlines, broken or incomplete lines. Rather than erasing drafts or mistakes, these imperfections are deliberately included.

To maintain balance, the sketchbook style must be consistent throughout the design. Otherwise, it may actually be an accident, which will speak to the artist’s skill level. When done correctly, this technique can offer a more dynamic and less rigid effect.

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