Blackwork Tattoos

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Okan U莽kundone
room Manhattan
82
Tattoos
222
likes
91
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
165
Tattoos
385
likes
13
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle
+9

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Pablo D铆az Gordoadone
room Mexico City
36
Tattoos
153
likes
102
followers
Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
69
Tattoos
257
likes
92
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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Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland 路 Los Angeles
26
Tattoos
15
likes
13
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Sweetstattoodone
room Donostia - San Sebasti谩n
14
Tattoos
9
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Minimalist
+2

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
113
Tattoos
155
likes
49
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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eXomorphdone
room Berlin
5
Tattoos
4
likes
2
followers
Abstract
Geometric
+7

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Ali Deerandone
room Istanbul
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Illustrative
Blackwork
+1

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Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road 路 S茫o Paulo 馃嚙馃嚪
15
Tattoos
31
likes
13
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
30
Tattoos
11
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Hey.Nortedone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
4
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+9

Contact

Shindadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
likes
3
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

Contact

Silly Janedone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
likes
2
followers
Illustrative
Neo Japanese
+3

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Benny Tattooerdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
4
likes
1
follower
Neo Japanese
Japanese 路 Irezumi
+13

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
9
likes
6
followers
Engravings
Blackwork
+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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