Sketch Work Tattoos

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Tattoo artists

Aleksandra Katsandone
room Kiev 🇺🇦
54
Tattoos
70
likes
42
followers
Illustrative
Watercolor
+1

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Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
5
Tattoos
5
likes
4
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

Contact

eXomorphdone
room Berlin
5
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Abstract
Geometric
+7

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Hey.Nortedone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+9

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

Contact

Baris Yesilbasdone
room Brooklyn · Istanbul
103
Tattoos
107
likes
44
followers
Sketch Work
Graphic
+1

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Jo Inkdone
room Seoul
20
Tattoos
15
likes
11
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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sait mutludone
room Ankara
14
Tattoos
32
likes
12
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle
+3

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

Contact

Danilo Delfinodone
room On the road
23
Tattoos
31
likes
26
followers
Sketch Work
Abstract
+4

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X and the Deathdone
room Berlin 🇩🇪
28
Tattoos
3
likes
6
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+1

Contact

Tattooist Danieldone
room Seoul 🇰🇷
22
Tattoos
18
likes
7
followers
Abstract
Contemporary
+2

Contact

Nedielko Matadone
room Viña del Mar 🇨🇱
10
Tattoos
17
likes
7
followers
Sketch Work
Watercolor

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Charlotte Chadeaudone
room Marseille
9
Tattoos
5
likes
15
followers
Watercolor
Realism
+2

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En Tze (恩诗) · Miss Haematicdone
room Thunder Bay 🇨🇦
0
Tattoos
0
likes
2
followers
Sketch Work
Watercolor

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Cloto Acherontiadone
room London 🇬🇧
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Sketch Work

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Victor Montaghinidone
room São Paulo
266
Tattoos
315
likes
119
followers
Sketch Work
Watercolor

Contact

Adrian Bascurdone
room Manhattan
178
Tattoos
377
likes
143
followers
Watercolor
Sketch Work

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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