Blackwork

This style uses a wide variation of black lines to create daring tattoos.


Dark art, illustrative, etching, engraving or even script are the most important elements of blackwork. For this style, only black ink is used.
The roots of this style are sacred geometry, considering that’s always done with black ink, and it is an important influence today as well. Pure ink is used to draw all the lines. These are mixed with finer lines, dotwork, or a special type of shading (whip shading or pepper shading).


Most subjects lean towards dark fantasy, considering the frivolous part of adding colour is a step this style skips entirely. It doesn’t have to be a macabre subject, though! The style has a wide array of possibilities because of the different ways to use thickness of lines, shadows and size of the tattoo.


It’s also easy to add things to this tattoo afterwards.