Engraving Tattoos

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Jo Inkdone
room Seoul
20
Tattoos
14
likes
10
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Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Marlène Le Cidredone
room Paris 🇫🇷
17
Tattoos
12
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3
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

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Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire
10
Tattoos
11
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2
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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Diego Guimarãesdone
room Curitiba
8
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Black and grey
Blackwork
+1

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Ruby Goredone
room Gresham 🇺🇸 · Philadelphia
7
Tattoos
10
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16
followers
Blackwork
Engravings

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Loïc LeBeufdone
room Geneva 🇨🇭 · Carouge
200
Tattoos
302
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88
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Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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Melle Alyxdone
room Montreal
104
Tattoos
74
likes
41
followers
Blackwork
Engravings

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Otto D'ambradone
room London
18
Tattoos
19
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17
followers
Engravings
Surrealism

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Lisa Orthdone
room Los Angeles
28
Tattoos
47
likes
30
followers
Engravings
Line Art

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Alex Tabunsdone
room Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
70
Tattoos
121
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53
followers
Blackwork
Engravings
+2

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Sam Rulzdone
room Vienna
72
Tattoos
37
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21
followers
Illustrative
Neotraditional
+1

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Sasha Masiuk
room Los Angeles 🇺🇸
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Bruno Malkaviano
room São Paulo
Dotwork
Illustrative
+2

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Sara Fabel
room Costa Mesa
Blackwork
Engravings
+1

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Kane Melbourne
room Melbourne
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Susanne König · Suflanda
room Manchester 🇬🇧
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Mimissikuite · Renaud Delmaire
room London
Illustrative
Engravings

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Andreu Matallana
room Barcelona
Illustrative
Engravings
+2

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Engraving tattoos simulate the lines and textures of carvings, as if the skin were made of wood, metal or stone. These are also sometimes called “etching” or “woodcut” tattoos, depending on the artist’s inspiration and source material.

Engravings are some of the oldest forms of human communication and art, with examples dating back to the Stone Age. Egg shell, bone and rock carvings were present in prehistoric communities around the world.

Woodblock stamps have historical significance in many trades, especially in the printing of texts and textiles. Tattooing also benefitted from the use of carved wooden molds and blocks. Some of the earliest tattoo stencils (tools that transfer designs to the skin as a guideline for tattooers) were made with woodblocks in Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

Engraving and etching, as art forms in the west, exploded during the Middle Ages. With the invention of the printing press, there was a growing demand for mass-produced imagery, as well. Metal and wooden stamps with standardized designs allowed for cheap image reproduction at a high volume. Printing in this fashion was popular until the invention of photography in the 20th century.

In the simplest terms, tattoos mimicking hand carvings tend to have thick and distinct linework with a two-dimensional perspective. Tattoos mimicking machine engravings and etchings may have thinner lines and more complex hatching / cross-hatching (techniques that create the illusion of depth, shading and texture using just lines).

Disambiguation:

Engraving tattoos are not to be confused with “skin carving,” which is another term for scarification. The latter is a more invasive body modification where the top layers of skin are peeled away from the body to create a design with scar tissue.

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