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30 Beautiful Dotwork Tattoos

Dotwork tattoos have been around for a long time but they have not always been done with machines...

minerva in Tattoo Ideas

Dotwork tattoos before were hand-tapped, an example of such is found in my previous blog about my journey to meet and get a hand-tapped tribal tattoo from Apo Whang Od

A dotwork tattoo from a electric machine, though, is a new style emerging in modern tattooing. More and more artists and tattoo collectors dared to experiment and explore the limits of what tattooing has to offer - by exploring different tattoo styles aside from traditional, oriental and realistic.

Dotwork tattoos from electric machines, though, are a new style emerging in modern tattooing. More and more artists and tattoo collectors dared to experiment and explore the limits of what tattooing has to offer - by exploring different tattoo styles aside from traditional, oriental and realistic.

I wasn't too keen on dotwork tattoos before, but it all changed when I saw these 30 beautiful dotwork tattoos! It's so glorious, eyecatching and refreshing to see. Let's have a look! :D

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Another way to add a twist to a mandala tattoo is to go dots about it!
Another way to add a twist to a mandala tattoo is to go dots about it!
beautiful dotwork tattoo streching from chest, shoulder to arm. By Ivan Hack dotwork mandala geometry geometric
beautiful dotwork tattoo streching from chest, shoulder to arm. By Ivan Hack #dotwork #mandala #geometry #geometric

Dotwork tattoos are obviously done through a series of dots diligently applied to the skin to come up with a shading that's actually made out of dots. It requires a lot of work. So if you're thinking about getting some, find a tattoo artist who can do it well. 

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Dotwork tattoo flower. Artist unknown flower dotwork
Dotwork tattoo flower. Artist unknown #flower #dotwork

The pointillism method is also a good alternative to standard traditional shading. If one can do it as neatly, as patiently and as dot-like as possible, the finish becomes stunning.

That was what I learned about the pointillism approach during college in our design & color class and I agree!

Dotwork tattoo on chest by Cory Ferguson. dotwork chestpiece geometric geometry
Dotwork tattoo on chest by Cory Ferguson. #dotwork #chestpiece #geometric #geometry

But as we all know, artists don't wanna be restrained. Great artists would always think outside the box & experiment new styles and new things to uncover new knowledge. Take a look at the awesome dotwork piece above - playfully designed and laid out by a genius - fusing geometrics, abstraction and tone values altogether! 

Dotwork tattoo by Michael Bennett dotwork michaelbennett mandala geometry geometric
Dotwork tattoo by Michael Bennett #dotwork #michaelbennett #mandala #geometry #geometric

Thinking outside of the box......and outside the head! This is an awesome tattoo concept!

Dotwork tattoo by @xnazax / Juan Salvarredy dotwork mandala sleeve sleeves
Dotwork tattoo by @xnazax / Juan Salvarredy #dotwork #mandala #sleeve #sleeves

A dotwork piece would absolutely look convincingly stunning if it was done as huge as this! Love the patterns put together! 

Dotwork tattoo by @xnazax / Juan Salvarredy dotwork mandala sleeve sleeves
Dotwork tattoo by @xnazax / Juan Salvarredy #dotwork #mandala #sleeve #sleeves

Patterns need not be too complicated. It's close-to-perfect repetition and the layout that matters. 

Dotwork tattoo by Eric the Viking, Happy Sailor Tattoo, London UK dotwork fullback EricTheViking HappySailorTattoo
Dotwork tattoo by Eric the Viking, Happy Sailor Tattoo, London UK #dotwork #fullback #EricTheViking #HappySailorTattoo

Dotworks all the way! I wonder how long this took to finish?

This one too! A huuuge Mandala! Dotwork tattoo by Tomas Tomas dotwork ThomasThomas mandala fullback backpiece
This one too! A huuuge Mandala! Dotwork tattoo by Tomas Tomas #dotwork #ThomasThomas #mandala #fullback #backpiece
This guy obviously loves tessellation. Artist unknown dotwork geometric geometry
This guy obviously loves tessellation. Artist unknown #dotwork #geometric #geometry

Looks simple compared to heavily colored tattoos - but it takes a lot of hard work to do a dotwork tattoo.

Amazing dotwork tattoo by Delphine Noiztoy dotwork DelphineNoiztoy handtattoo
Amazing dotwork tattoo by Delphine Noiztoy #dotwork #DelphineNoiztoy #handtattoo

You know it is a stunning tattoo when it's able to give you a mindfuck. Did this tattoo give you some optical stimulation?

Lines & dots look great together too. Artist unknown dotwork tree geometry geometric
Lines & dots look great together too. Artist unknown #dotwork #tree #geometry #geometric
Beautiful neckpiece. Dotwork tattoo, artist unknown rose flower dotwork detail
Beautiful neckpiece. Dotwork tattoo, artist unknown #rose #flower #dotwork #detail

What's tricky about dots is the manipulation of its tonal values-from black to grey.

Dimensions and gradation on this one. Artist unknown dotowrk geometry geometric shading
Dimensions and gradation on this one. Artist unknown #dotowrk #geometry #geometric #shading

The collection of dots make up the dimensions and gradation of the tattoo. Here we see a heavily dotted area as flat black, and next to it is a grey area with lesser dots.

Dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown dotwork geometry geometric details
Dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown #dotwork #geometry #geometric #details

And it looks good with color too!

Put those dotwork skills & principles altogether in a big piece tattoo, and it's gonna come out a winner!

Dotwork looks cool on the head as well! Artist unknown mandala dotwork
Dotwork looks cool on the head as well! Artist unknown #mandala #dotwork
Lovely dotwork on palms...Artist unknown mandala dotwork palmtattoo palm geometry geometric
Lovely dotwork on palms...Artist unknown #mandala #dotwork #palmtattoo #palm #geometry #geometric

or on the palms

Beehive inspired dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown beehive dotwork bee
Beehive inspired dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown #beehive #dotwork #bee

and on the back of your hand

Dotwork tattoo by Miahwaska, Oakland CA. dotwork detail mandala Miahwaska
Dotwork tattoo by Miahwaska, Oakland CA. #dotwork #detail #mandala #Miahwaska

And it's fascinating how dotworks work efffectively with sacred geometric patterns such as this one.

Dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown dotwork mandala geometry geometric
Dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown #dotwork #mandala #geometry #geometric

This one too!

Dotwork tattoo done at Back Tattoo gallery dotwork BackTattooGallery falcon bird
Dotwork tattoo done at Back Tattoo gallery #dotwork #BackTattooGallery #falcon #bird
Don't be afraid to go big if you want a dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown mandala dotwork
Don't be afraid to go big if you want a dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown #mandala #dotwork

Big designs, especially for mandalas and other complex subject matters, allow the dots more room to apply itself.

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Unusual cover-up tattoo by Bry Prow, Arbroath, Scotland.
Unusual cover-up tattoo by Bry Prow, Arbroath, Scotland.
Tattoo from Apo Whang Od dotwork handpoke
Tattoo from Apo Whang Od #dotwork #handpoke

Check out this old lady's sleeve! That's me getting a hand-tapped tattoo from Apo Whang Od. Her sleeves were all hand-tapped! She uses a citrus thorn for a needle and a wooden device to tap the ink in. More about her HERE.

Dotwork tattoo. Pinyat by Apo Whang Od dotwork handpoke
Dotwork tattoo. Pinyat by Apo Whang Od #dotwork #handpoke

Here's the tattoo that I got. :) The pigments underneath thickened after 4 weeks, which turned the dots into thick, black, 100% tribal lines. Amaaazing!!!

Red and black dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown dotwork redandblack
Red and black dotwork tattoo. Artist unknown #dotwork #redandblack

For more unusual  and beautiful dotwork tattoos, check out our pinterest for inspiration! :)

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