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Black and Grey Tattoo Artists

Kevin Lewis

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Kevin Lewis

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Anderson Luna

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Anderson Luna

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Khoi Nguyen

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Khoi Nguyen

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Suranghee Ro

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Suranghee Ro

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Gabriel Pantoja

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Gabriel Pantoja

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Angela De Rosette

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Angela De Rosette

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Patrick Thomas

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Patrick Thomas

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Nico Bassill

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Nico Bassill

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John Sultana

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John Sultana

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Max Growick

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Max Growick

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Scott Campbell

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Scott Campbell

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Fabrizio Sassarini

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Fabrizio Sassarini 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Fabrizio Sassarini 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Fabrizio Sassarini 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Fabrizio Sassarini 4

Fabrizio Sassarini

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Samantha Ceora

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Samantha Ceora 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Samantha Ceora 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Samantha Ceora 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Samantha Ceora 4

Samantha Ceora

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Katie Gray

NYC Tattoo Artist Katie Gray 1NYC Tattoo Artist Katie Gray 2NYC Tattoo Artist Katie Gray 3NYC Tattoo Artist Katie Gray 4

Katie Gray

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Joe Pepper

NYC Tattoo Artist Joe Pepper 1NYC Tattoo Artist Joe Pepper 2NYC Tattoo Artist Joe Pepper 3NYC Tattoo Artist Joe Pepper 4

Joe Pepper

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Jose Chalarca

NYC Tattoo Artist Jose Chalarca 1NYC Tattoo Artist Jose Chalarca 2NYC Tattoo Artist Jose Chalarca 3NYC Tattoo Artist Jose Chalarca 4

Jose Chalarca

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Robert Bonhomme

NYC Tattoo Artist Robert Bonhomme 1NYC Tattoo Artist Robert Bonhomme 2NYC Tattoo Artist Robert Bonhomme 3NYC Tattoo Artist Robert Bonhomme 4

Robert Bonhomme

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Tony Minero

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Tony Minero 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Tony Minero 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Tony Minero 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Tony Minero 4

Tony Minero

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Royal Jafarov NYC

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Royal Jafarov
(Guest Tattooing in the NYC Area)

Tattoo Styles: Realism, Watercolor, Abstract, Portrait, Color, B&G

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Gilbert Salas

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Gilbert Salas

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Shannon Cullen

Shannon Cullen

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Joshua Hernandez

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Joshua Hernandez

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Evan McGuigan

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Evan McGuigan

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Marco Cerretelli

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Marco Cerretelli 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Marco Cerretelli 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Marco Cerretelli 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Marco Cerretelli 4

Marco Cerretelli

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Marlon M Toney

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Marlon M Toney

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Jacob Kearney

Chicago Tattoo Artist Jacob Kearney 4Chicago Tattoo Artist Jacob Kearney 3Chicago Tattoo Artist Jacob Kearney 2Chicago Tattoo Artist Jacob Kearney 1

Jacob Kearney

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Jake Cavaliere

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Jake Cavaliere 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Jake Cavaliere 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Jake Cavaliere 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Jake Cavaliere 4

Jake Cavaliere

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Kristen Fancher

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Kristen Fancher 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Kristen Fancher 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Kristen Fancher 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Kristen Fancher 4

Kristen Fancher

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Goethe Silva

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Goethe Silva 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Goethe Silva 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Goethe Silva 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Goethe Silva 4

Goethe Silva

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Anthony Carreiro

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Anthony Carreiro 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Anthony Carreiro 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Anthony Carreiro 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Anthony Carreiro 4

Anthony Carreiro

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Niki Norberg Tattoos

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Niki Norberg

Tattoo Styles: Photo Realism, Custom

Tattoo Profile: Niki Norberg has tattooed since 2001. Since 2007, he has worked with Heidi Hay and also arranges Gothenburg International Ink Festival (Goth Ink fest).2012 Niki moved to Carl Löfqvist’s reputed Wicked Tattoo studio.Niki prefers to work with realistism with a preference for high level of detail and clear contrasts. Niki is well known in the that tattoo community as being one of the best realism artists in the world.

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Rocky Burley

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Rocky Burley

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Dustin Yip

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Dustin Yip 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Dustin Yip 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Dustin Yip 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Dustin Yip 4

Dustin Yip

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Minka Sicklinger

NYC Tattoo Artist Minka Sicklinger 1NYC Tattoo Artist Minka Sicklinger 2NYC Tattoo Artist Minka Sicklinger 3NYC Tattoo Artist Minka Sicklinger 4

Minka Sicklinger

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Viet

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Andrew Tran

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Andrew Tran

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Rus Laich

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Rus Laich 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Rus Laich 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Rus Laich 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Rus Laich 4

Rus Laich

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Danny Boy

Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Danny Boy 1Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Danny Boy 2Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Danny Boy 3Los Angeles Tattoo Artist Danny Boy 4

Danny Boy

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Tamara Santibañez

NYC Tattoo Artist Tamara Santibañez 1NYC Tattoo Artist Tamara Santibañez 2NYC Tattoo Artist Tamara Santibañez 3NYC Tattoo Artist Tamara Santibañez 4

Tamara Santibañez

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Man Yao

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Man Yao

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Black and grey tattoos have been said to have their origins in prison. It is said it was the Chicano prison population that really developed the style and turned it into what it is today. Inmates only had access to black ink and no color so they had to work with what they had. By diluting the ink in distilled water, lighter shades were created and they were able to make simple designs that made their allegiances that much more clear to other inmates. For many years, “Jailhouse Tattooing” was not available commercially. This very fine line method of tattooing was only known for being inked on those that were locked up. This popularized the style, but for a long time people outside of jail would avoid these types of tattoos because they worried they’d be seen as ex-cons. Jailhouse tattooing was extremely popular, though most gangs stuck to one or two designs to separate themselves from other gang members. As soon as people started to understand the intricacy and beauty of this style of tattooing, it really blossomed into what we are seeing today. Nowadays some people prefer to get black and grey tattoos because they prefer the way the tattoo looks over its colored counterpart. It’s actually not uncommon at all to see a tattoo enthusiast get dozens of tattoos using just black ink. Since those early days when black and grey tattoos first hit the mainstream, it has become one of the most popular styles of tattooing out there. Some designs, such as the Japanese irezumi style, are always done in black and grey, while others can be done in either style. What’s great is that just about any tattoo design that you can think of can be done in black and grey ink since tattoo artists are good enough to make both styles look great on the skin. Sometimes people choose to get a black and grey tattoo because the design they want pops a bit more with black ink over colored ink. For example, any image showing an old scene, such as a war scene, can look great in black and grey because it adds to the aura of the tattoo. Also, that “pop” effect can fade a bit in colored tattoos while the black and grey look can stay consistent as the years pass by. Another reason why black and grey tattoos are so popular these days is because tattoo artists have become far better at shading these types of tats. Even though many colored tattoos are shaded, black and grey tattoos seem to “come off the skin” more when they are shaded. It has that old-time pencil effect that people seem to love and, as we mentioned above, the shading can look just as great years later as the day the tattoo was created. Speaking of shading, it is also well known within the industry that it takes a lot of skill to make a great black and grey tattoo. This makes these types of tats more intriguing to both the artists and those who are looking for a great new design. The artists know that their skills will be tested when they have to do intricate shading, and the people getting the tattoos know that they are going to be getting tattoos that will get plenty of compliments. A very popular type of black and grey tattoos comes in the form of portrait tats. For example, someone who wants to get an Audrey Hepburn tattoo or a Marilyn Monroe tattoo might choose to get a black and grey version sine those colors add to the “classic” feel to the tat. While these types of tattoos can be done in color, more people seem to like the black and grey versions these days since none of the quality is lost when using these simple colors. If you’re having trouble deciding on who the right black and grey artist to work with is, let us know. Our crew will help find a fit for you and keep it close to where you’d like to get it done.
Here are some of our favorite black & grey tattoos:


Most Popular Tattoo Styles


American Traditional, Biomechanical, Celtic, Cover Up, Japanese, New School, Photo Realism, Polynesian, Portrait, Watercolor, Script, Floral, Geometric, Black & Grey, 3D, Black & White, Tribal, Animal
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