15 Creative Negative Space Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

Negative space tattoos are artistic and original, so if you are looking for this design, check this selection of clever and poetic tattoos..

In classic art, negative space is a tint area of black color, but in tattoo art, it is the skin, left uncovered by ink. Negative space tattoos are designs playing with reverse images with skin as the main subject. The skin tone is used by tattoo artists for the lighter shades of the tattoo, especially in the delicate black and grey style where they play on the opacity of their black shadings. Due to an optical illusion called figure-ground, the brain can clearly recreate the part of the design left blank, only by the hint of the contrast with black or colored outlines. Negative spaces are a witty game for tattoo artists, allowing them very bold designs, for example in dotwork, blackwork, tribal and graphic styles. They also avoid them the use of ink colors too close to the skin tones and white ink, for long lasting and forever readable tattoos.

A beautiful backpiece with a little girl's silhouette, a bird and garden, all in negative space by Ben There.
A beautiful backpiece with a little girl's silhouette, a bird and garden, all in negative space by Ben There.
Just some lines to hint of a stylish woman's face. By Craig Teatime.
Just some lines to hint of a stylish woman's face. By Craig Teatime.
Negative Space Om hand tattoo with dots by Dillon Forte.
Negative Space Om hand tattoo with dots by Dillon Forte.
Gorgeous linework with a negative space Anchor tattoo by Dino Nemec.
Gorgeous linework with a negative space Anchor tattoo by Dino Nemec.
Playing with negative spaces on these magpies by Gene Coffey.
Playing with negative spaces on these magpies by Gene Coffey.

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