30 Beautiful Dotwork Tattoos
Dotwork tattoos have been around for a long time but they have not always been done with machines...
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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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.
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!
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!
Thinking outside of the box......and outside the head! This is an awesome tattoo concept!
A dotwork piece would absolutely look convincingly stunning if it was done as huge as this! Love the patterns put together!
Patterns need not be too complicated. It's close-to-perfect repetition and the layout that matters.
Dotworks all the way! I wonder how long this took to finish?
Looks simple compared to heavily colored tattoos - but it takes a lot of hard work to do a dotwork tattoo.
You know it is a stunning tattoo when it's able to give you a mindfuck. Did this tattoo give you some optical stimulation?
What's tricky about dots is the manipulation of its tonal values-from black to grey.
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.
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!
or on the palms
and on the back of your hand
And it's fascinating how dotworks work efffectively with sacred geometric patterns such as this one.
This one too!
Big designs, especially for mandalas and other complex subject matters, allow the dots more room to apply itself.
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.
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!!!
For more unusual and beautiful dotwork tattoos, check out our pinterest for inspiration! :)