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Black and Grey Tattoo Artists

Anna G K – Oakland, California

Anna G K - Oakland, California

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Ian Oliver Wheeler – Oakland, California

Ian Oliver Wheeler - Oakland, California

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Hapsflow – Honolulu, Hawaii

Hapsflow - Honolulu, Hawaii

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Shawn Hebrank – Portland, Oregon

Shawn Hebrank - Portland, Oregon

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Gabriel Pantoja

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Gabriel Pantoja

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Kristen Fancher – Los Angeles, California

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Kristen Fancher - Los Angeles, California

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Raquel Cota – Tucson, Arizona

Raquel Cota - Tucson, Arizona

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Steven Campbell – Kansas City, Missouri

Steven Campbell - Kansas City, Missouri

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Cody Zeek – Honolulu, Hawaii

Cody Zeek - Honolulu, Hawaii

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Liana Joy – Washington, DC

Liana Joy - Washington, DC

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Gilbert Salas – Los Angeles, California

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Gilbert Salas - Los Angeles, California

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Alexis Witt

Alexis Witt

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Goethe Silva – Los Angeles, California

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Goethe Silva - Los Angeles, California

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Jeff Marek – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jeff Marek - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Andrew Montoya – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Andrew Montoya - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Marco Cerretelli – Los Angeles, California

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Marco Cerretelli - Los Angeles, California

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Edward Swanson – Oakland, California

Edward Swanson - Oakland, California

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Daniel Herlihy – Oakland, California

Daniel Herlihy - Oakland, California

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Joshua Hernandez – Los Angeles, California

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Joshua Hernandez - Los Angeles, California

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Wesley Fant – Portland, Oregon

Wesley Fant - Portland, Oregon

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Robert Bonhomme

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Robert Bonhomme

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Ellie Geyer – Oakland, California

Ellie Geyer - Oakland, California

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Royal Jafarov NYC

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

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Samantha Ceora – Los Angeles, California

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Samantha Ceora - Los Angeles, California

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Benjamin Barreto – Austin, Texas

Benjamin Barreto - Austin, Texas

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Jose Chalarca

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Jose Chalarca

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Alfredo Diaz – Houston, Texas

Alfredo Diaz - Houston, Texas

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Joe Pepper

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Joe Pepper

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Jason Taylor – Oakland, California

Jason Taylor - Oakland, California

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Steven Skorjanec – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Steven Skorjanec - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Turo – Oakland, California

Turo - Oakland, California

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Teddie Scott – Honolulu, Hawaii

Teddie Scott - Honolulu, Hawaii

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Sanjay Prajapati – Boston, Massachusetts

Sanjay Prajapati - Boston, Massachusetts

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Jermaine Taylor – Washington, DC

Jermaine Taylor - Washington, DC

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Porky – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Porky - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Justin Olivier – New Orleans, Louisiana

Justin Olivier - New Orleans, Louisiana

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Jose Flores – Indianapolis, Indiana

Jose Flores - Indianapolis, Indiana

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Andrew Tran – Los Angeles, California

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Andrew Tran - Los Angeles, California

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Vinh Huyn

Vinh Huyn

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Jake Cavaliere – Los Angeles, California

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Mark Strong – Austin, Texas

Mark Strong - Austin, Texas

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Anthony Carreiro – Los Angeles, California

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Anthony Carreiro - Los Angeles, California

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Mike Coleman – Boston, Massachusetts

Mike Coleman - Boston, Massachusetts

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Chad Rowe – Indianapolis, Indiana

Chad Rowe - Indianapolis, Indiana

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Danae Lynn – Tucson, Arizona

Danae Lynn - Tucson, Arizona

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Evan McGuigan

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Evan McGuigan

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Holi Barahati – Oakland, California

Holi Barahati - Oakland, California

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Jacob Kearney

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Jacob Kearney

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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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Nick James – Sacramento, California

Nick James - Sacramento, California

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Alan Berg – Atlanta, Georgia

Alan Berg - Atlanta, Georgia

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Nico Bassill – Los Angeles, California

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Derick Montez – San Francisco, California

Derick Montez - San Francisco, California

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John Sultana

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John Sultana

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Dave Rodriguez – Oakland, California

Dave Rodriguez - Oakland, California

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Freddie Garza – Houston, Texas

Freddie Garza - Houston, Texas

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Kevin Lewis – Los Angeles, California

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Kevin Lewis - Los Angeles, California

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Karla Yvette – Portland, Oregon

Karla Yvette - Portland, Oregon

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Roger Anthony – Washington, DC

Roger Anthony - Washington, DC

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Angel Guzman – El Paso, Texas

Angel Guzman - El Paso, Texas

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Tamara Santibañez

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Tamara Santibañez

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Francisco Ramirez – Houston, Texas

Francisco Ramirez - Houston, Texas

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Jace LaFace – Charlotte, North Carolina

Jace LaFace - Charlotte, North Carolina

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Tyson Gonzales – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tyson Gonzales - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Rus Laich – Los Angeles, California

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Rus Laich - Los Angeles, California

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Scott Campbell

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Scott Campbell

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Siobhan Essig

Siobhan Essig

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Austin Herman

Austin Herman

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Rocky Burley

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Rocky Burley

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Patrick Thomas – Los Angeles, California

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Patrick Thomas - Los Angeles, California

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Brian Jones – San Francisco, California

Brian Jones - San Francisco, California

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Shannon Cullen

Shannon Cullen

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Dan Gardea

Dan Gardea

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Faechi – Tucson, Arizona

Faechi - Tucson, Arizona

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George Arenas – Houston, Texas

George Arenas - Houston, Texas

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Dixon Hogan – Sacramento, California

Dixon Hogan - Sacramento, California

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Bale Sisneros – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bale Sisneros - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Khoi Nguyen – Los Angeles, California

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Khoi Nguyen - Los Angeles, California

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Fabrizio Sassarini – Los Angeles, California

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Fabrizio Sassarini - Los Angeles, California

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Katie Gray

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Katie Gray

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Matthew Welch – New Orleans, Louisiana

Matthew Welch - New Orleans, Louisiana

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Austin Maples – San Francisco, California

Austin Maples - San Francisco, California

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Minka Sicklinger

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Minka Sicklinger

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Tony Minero – Los Angeles, California

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Tony Minero - Los Angeles, California

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Dre Li – San Francisco, California

Dre Li - San Francisco, California

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Halley Mason – Oakland, California

Halley Mason - Oakland, California

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Andrew Black – Charlotte, North Carolina

Andrew Black - Charlotte, North Carolina

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Justin Carpenter – Charlotte, North Carolina

Justin Carpenter - Charlotte, North Carolina

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Robbie Pauley – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Robbie Pauley - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Viet

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Suranghee Ro

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Suranghee Ro

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April Cornell

April Cornell

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Marlo Marquise – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Marlo Marquise - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Elle Webb – Oakland, California

Elle Webb - Oakland, California

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Anderson Luna

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Anderson Luna

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Jen Wong – San Francisco, California

Jen Wong - San Francisco, California

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Man Yao – Los Angeles, California

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Man Yao - Los Angeles, California

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Dia Moeller – Boston, Massachusetts

Dia Moeller - Boston, Massachusetts

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Marlon M Toney – Los Angeles, California

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Justin Coppolino

Justin Coppolino

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Black and grey tattoo designs are also known as greyscale or grey wash and use only black ink that is thinned with a solution to create grey shades. A variety of dark blacks and lighter black tones can be used as well, depending on the preference and experience of the tattoo artist. Black and grey tones are used for realistic tattoos that require shading and hints of light and shadow in order to create depth and dimension. Black and grey designs can capture any desired image but is most often used for portrait tattoos and large, realistic pieces. Pieces that are designed conceptually with realism are often incredibly significant to the individual because they must be large enough to include the necessary detail and time to complete it. These tattoos are meant to appear like sketches and closely resemble pencil drawings.

Large tattoo pieces, especially realistic designs, often utilize black and grey or greyscale instead of color because it allows the piece to remain clear. A colored palette can distract from the nature and skill of the work whereas a focus on shading and grey wash tones highlight the detail of the tattoo. Black tones allow all parts of the composition to work together but also stand alone as significant elements. The removal of color forces the eye to examine the entirety of the work and so it is important that a talented artist is selected to design and perform the large, realistic style of tattoo.

Tattoo designs that exude a serious tone are usually done in black and grey because of its somber and dignified appearance. Black and grey tattoos showcase and artist’s talent and often garner respect and admiration. Greyscale designs are not necessarily realistic images but even geometric designs require detail and precision that is more easily recognized because of the bold black and grey shades which stand out well, especially on lighter skin tones. Black and grey tattoos are generally more popular with lighter skin because of the contrast between black ink and a pale complexion.

Traditional, flash, or “Sailor Jerry” designs are often done in black and grey and can be small or large pieces. Larger pieces incorporate many smaller images that are arranged together cohesively so that each small design can be appreciated on its own but also as a part of the larger design. Nautical symbols and other flash icons like roses and sparrows are often included. The advantage of black and grey traditional tattoos rather than designs with a color palette is the lack of color eliminates the animated or cartoonish appearance. The focus then lies on the shape and design of the tattoo instead of the color and the artist’s work is really appreciated. The black and grey also appears more authentic as Western tattooing was done in only black tones until colored ink was experimented with in the tattoo industry. A black and grey traditional tattoo design is retrospective and rooted in the origins of tattooing in America.

Illustrations or cartoon tattoo designs that are rendered in black and grey appear more artistic than vividly colored images. Silly or cartoonish designs that are done in greyscale with added shading to create dimension can be satirical. Cartoon characters that are made to look serious and artistic play on their intended entertaining and funny nature. This is often done with characters from television shows like The Simpsons or The Bugs Bunny Show and places these characters in picturesque positions or adds classic imagery to enhance the satire. In other designs, the character can be rendered in a more ominous way to satirize an otherwise cheerful figure.

Faces are often included in black and grey tattoos with a myriad of other details and concepts. A face, often a woman’s face, is incorporated into inanimate objects like buildings or other symbolic images like clocks, skulls, jewelry, and countless more. Women are often chosen for designs, specifically realistic black and grey tattoos, because of the beauty of the female form, a concept that has been central to artists for centuries. Faces with skulls and clocks are a representation of mortality and a reminder of the fleetingness of life. Flowers, jewelry, and other aesthetic features create a more appealing and attractive tattoo.

Religious tattoos are often done in black and grey as well as they are done realistically to perfectly represent important figures like the Holy Mary, Buddha, or Hindu deities. Expansive Christian-themed tattoos done in black and grey rarely include images of God because of the reverence in which the Abrahamic god is held. Christian black and grey tattoos generally focus on heavenly imagery like full clouds, sun beams, angelic figures, and iconography like crucifixes and doves. Buddha is often the subject of black and grey tattoo designs because of the dignified appearance that the muted tones provide. Religious portraits are larger tattoos that are generally reserved for sleeves or back pieces. The length of the tattooing process for these large pieces is a tribute to the deity or principles that are being conveyed.

Watercolor tattoo designs are almost always done in color in order to imitate the painting style. However, the translucent layers of the water color style also work well with black and grey tones to create an attractive tattoo design. Flowers are usually chosen for this type of design because the overlapping petals complement the layering-style of watercolors. Using grey tones instead of color creates a more somber design that might reflect sadness or tragedy. It can be used appropriately with memorial or tribute tattoos that serve as a remembrance of a passed loved one. Any flora work well with this style and emphasize the sobriety of the piece with a design that replicates dripping paint.

Landscape and cityscape tattoo designs are often done in black and grey tones to take advantage of the contrast in light and shadow. This contrast creates a silhouette of the buildings and skyscrapers in a cityscape tattoo or natural scenery in a landscape tattoo. Mountain ranges are particularly popular and received by those who originate in a particularly mountainous area, who engage in mountain and winter sports, or those who identify with the delicate serenity mountains provide. The black and grey watercolor style is often added to these landscapes and cityscapes to introduce an extra element that creates more dimension to the piece.

Black and grey is often used as a representation of the nocturnal. Nighttime or night sky scenes utilize black and grey ink to convey both a sense of ominousness and a sense of peace. Depending on the subject matter, black and grey can be tranquil or frightening. Moonlit scenes often include trees and other natural elements that can be ominous when rendered as dead plant life. Barren branches bathed in moonlight are generally associated with horror and the macabre. Crows, skulls, and other traditional horror imagery is often included in these types of designs.
Alternatively, black and grey designs can convey a sense of calmness and tranquility when the right elements are included in the tattoo. Greywash flowers, particularly roses, are classically romantic and a facet in sleeve work. Statues from Classical Greek antiquity are almost always done in black and grey tones and portray a sense of solitude. Figures of Greek deities, particularly Zeus and Aphrodite, are often used as the subject but statues from more modern periods are used as well like Mary the Mother. The black and grey shades create a realistic replica of the masterpieces that serve as a tribute to the artistic masters and the talents for which they stood.

Regardless of the subject matter, black and grey tattoo designs are specifically created with a lack of color because it gives a dignified and somber appearance. Black and grey tattoos are often chosen by individuals with stoic personalities and strong characters who are less interested in bright and lively imagery. Black and grey is more muted than colored designs but holds a deep sense of regality and dignity.

Greywash or greyscale also imitates the artistic style of sketching and drawing, a difficult skill that takes hours, sometimes years, of practice to perfect. Creating a realistic rendition of any image can be a daunting task, especially when the results are completely permanent. Skilled artists will display their work for their clients to examine before discussing and then designing a tattoo as difficult and specific as a realistic black and grey design. Ensure that a reputable, experienced artist is chosen before a tattoo is received.


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