Blackwork Tattoos

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
29
Tattoos
6
likes
7
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

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Alexandyr Valentinedone
room Melbourne 馃嚘馃嚭 路 Brisbane 馃嚘馃嚭 路 Northampton 馃嚞馃嚙
98
Tattoos
112
likes
62
followers
Single Needle
Illustrative
+5

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Danilo Delfinodone
room On the road
27
Tattoos
35
likes
26
followers
Sketch Work
Abstract
+4

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Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
79
Tattoos
28
likes
9
followers
Blackwork

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Okan U莽kundone
room Manhattan
84
Tattoos
246
likes
101
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Be Lucchesidone
room Berlin
58
Tattoos
165
likes
42
followers
Dotwork
Blackwork
+3

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫 路 Berlin 馃嚛馃嚜 路 Florence 馃嚠馃嚬 路 Ghent 馃嚙馃嚜 路 Madrid 馃嚜馃嚫 路 Genoa 馃嚠馃嚬 路 Nantes 馃嚝馃嚪 路 Turin 馃嚠馃嚬 路 Milan 馃嚠馃嚬
11
Tattoos
12
likes
11
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+6

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Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland 路 Los Angeles
29
Tattoos
25
likes
16
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Frauke Katzedone
room Essen 馃嚛馃嚜
188
Tattoos
404
likes
88
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

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Sweetstattoodone
room Donostia - San Sebasti谩n
34
Tattoos
20
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Minimalist
+2

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Lillian "Honeybadger" Chendone
room Hillsborough
21
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Line Art
+60

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Andr茅s Makishidone
room Lima 馃嚨馃嚜
13
Tattoos
10
likes
6
followers
Realism
Blackwork
+2

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Pablo D铆az Gordoadone
room Mexico City
36
Tattoos
157
likes
106
followers
Illustrative
Geometric
+4

Contact

Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
5
Tattoos
6
likes
4
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
69
Tattoos
269
likes
93
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Baran Yilmazdone
room Istanbul
15
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Black and grey
Realism
+4

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
113
Tattoos
164
likes
53
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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eXomorphdone
room Berlin
5
Tattoos
6
likes
5
followers
Abstract
Geometric
+7

Contact

description

Black ink is the oldest known tattoo pigment, a key part of indigenous tattoo culture dating back to the Neolithic era. The term blackwork, in tattooing, broadly defines any design using predominantly black ink. By using nothing but black ink the focus is placed entirely on the design.

Black tattoo art can take many forms, used for many styles, from ancient tribal patterns to modern graphic design. The execution can range from loosely dispersed dots or lines to heavily compacted swaths of solid black. These pieces are typically monochromatic and characterized by contrast. Secondary pigments may be present in more contemporary works.

There is no single definition of well-executed blackwork, though tattooers typically aim for consistency in coverage so the black ink heals with uniformity in tone and texture.

The term 鈥淏lackwork鈥 is used in other trades, as well. The origin of the name comes from embroidery done with solid black thread, usually silk, thread on white fabric, especially linen, emphasizing contrast. This embroidery type was popular in England during the Tudor period. The term can also describe the work of a blacksmith, as forging heavy metals in a furnace tends to 鈥渂lacken鈥 both the product and the person with soot.

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