Blackwork Tattoos

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rachainsworthdone
room Berlin
62
Tattoos
245
likes
89
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Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
113
Tattoos
150
likes
6
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Illustrative
Single Needle
+9

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Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
30
Tattoos
10
likes
3
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Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Hey.Nortedone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
1
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2
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Blackwork
Line Art
+9

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Shindadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
2
likes
1
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Illustrative
Blackwork
+5

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

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Benny Tattooerdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
2
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1
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Neo Japanese
Japanese 路 Irezumi
+13

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Subliquidadone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
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3
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Engravings
Blackwork
+7

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Pepo Errandodone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
3
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2
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Blackwork
Illustrative
+10

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Alex Creamdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
5
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+7

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Nattachai Watondone
room Chonburi
8
Tattoos
0
likes
0
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Blackwork
New School
+3

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Nero Morensdone
room Berlin 馃嚛馃嚜
15
Tattoos
1
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4
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork

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Okan U莽kundone
room Manhattan
76
Tattoos
215
likes
84
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland 路 Los Angeles
19
Tattoos
9
likes
10
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Kate Svdone
room Manhattan
111
Tattoos
150
likes
46
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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Georgie Williamsdone
room On the road 路 S茫o Paulo 馃嚙馃嚪
14
Tattoos
29
likes
8
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
24
Tattoos
20
likes
8
followers
Blackwork

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Beta Pubadone
room Berlin 馃嚛馃嚜
104
Tattoos
45
likes
16
followers
Hand Poked
Blackwork
+5

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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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