Blackwork Tattoos

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Russian
Alexander Arisovdone
room Saint Petersburg Russian
21
Tattoos
7
likes
26
followers
Realism
Blackwork

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Turkish
Okan Uçkundone
room Manhattan American
71
Tattoos
190
likes
76
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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Brody Polinskydone
room Berlin German
79
Tattoos
41
likes
37
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+1

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German
Frauke Katzedone
room Essen German
178
Tattoos
338
likes
75
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+4

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Russian
Kate Svdone
room Manhattan American
101
Tattoos
119
likes
37
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+4

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Spanish
Abraham Hernández Montesdone
room Seville Spanish
79
Tattoos
38
likes
16
followers
Neotraditional
Blackwork
+1

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Hongkongese
Lesine @le.sinexdone
room Hong Kong
19
Tattoos
3
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Brazilian
Danilo Delfinodone
room On the road
22
Tattoos
30
likes
25
followers
Sketch Work
Abstract
+4

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American
Dillon Fortedone
room Oakland American · Los Angeles American
9
Tattoos
4
likes
3
followers
Blackwork
Geometric
+3

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Spanish
Victor Candiottidone
room Barcelona Spanish
20
Tattoos
18
likes
7
followers
Blackwork

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Turkish
Ali Anıl Erçeldone
room Istanbul Turkish
40
Tattoos
36
likes
12
followers
Black and grey
Blackwork
+3

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Mexican
Pablo Díaz Gordoadone
room Mexico City Mexican
35
Tattoos
142
likes
93
followers
Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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French
Marlène Le Cidredone
room Paris French
17
Tattoos
7
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Belgian
Alexis Fagnant · Inkalphadone
room Liège Belgian
2
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Blackwork
Minimalist
+4

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Australian
Wolfgangdone
room Melbourne Australian
10
Tattoos
11
likes
4
followers
Black and grey
Blackwork

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Hongkongese
Jimmy Yuendone
room Hong Kong
13
Tattoos
11
likes
2
followers
Blackwork
Sacred Geometry
+4

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Heather Mellordone
room Winnipeg
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Illustrative
Blackwork
+2

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French
Wahid Echaddone
room Barcelona Spanish · Berlin German
16
Tattoos
10
likes
7
followers
Blackwork
Dotwork
+1

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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 “Blackwork” 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 “blacken” both the product and the person with soot.

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