Black and grey tattoos

Black ink was probably first ink available ever. At first, made by side product from burning, now black inks are far more professional and allow deep contrasts. In my opinion, especially last 10 years brought an entirely new quality of black inks.

Devil in the suit. That illustration I prepared specially for my customer. The tattoo was done on the small area of the forearm. In my career, I approached this idea twice. I find this fascinating concept for a tattoo.

Devil in the suit. That illustration I prepared specially for my customer. The tattoo was done on the small area of the forearm. In my career, I approached this idea twice. I find this fascinating concept for a tattoo.

In the black and grey tattoo above, my customer came with the tattoo of the ants. My task was to make this subject more interesting.

In the black and grey tattoo above, my customer came with the tattoo of the ants. My task was to make this subject more interesting.

The picture above shows the tattoo that I designed to customer needs. For making leprechaun, I took reference photos of my friend sitting on the tattoo bed. Later on, the bed became the barrel, and my friend transformed into the leprechaun.

The picture above shows the tattoo that I designed to customer needs. For making leprechaun, I took reference photos of my friend sitting on the tattoo bed. Later on, the bed became the barrel, and my friend transformed into the leprechaun.

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Shades are achieved in black and grey tattooing on many techniques, the most famous being dilution of ink. But experienced tattoo artist will also use depth of puncture, and hand speed as significant shading factors.

Black and grey tattoos integrate perfectly into human’s skin. Contrary to full-color tattoos, a big portion of the design is made by leaving the untattooed skin. That creates an image in black and skin color.

My customer here was the barber. In the choice of face reference, the critical factor was exciting hair.

My customer here was the barber. In the choice of face reference, the critical factor was exciting hair.

Black and grey wing tattoo above I did use the freehand technique. I am surprised to see that today using free-hand approach is too often an excuse for poor execution and lack of the detail. Freehand should be used when a perfect flow is necessary. It should make the tattoo look better, not worst!

Black and grey wing tattoo above I did use the freehand technique. I am surprised to see that today using free-hand approach is too often an excuse for poor execution and lack of the detail. Freehand should be used when a perfect flow is necessary. It should make the tattoo look better, not worst!

For this Medusa black and grey tattoo, I used the old picture of an actress. When looking for a beautiful face, I find out that often it is easier going back in time. In the middle of the last century, lightning photo scene was much more interesting than today.

For this Medusa black and grey tattoo, I used the old picture of an actress. When looking for a beautiful face, I find out that often it is easier going back in time. In the middle of the last century, lightning photo scene was much more interesting than today.

As a big fan of Batman, I am always happy when I have a chance to tattoo something form Gotham world.

As a big fan of Batman, I am always happy when I have a chance to tattoo something form Gotham world.