15 Stunning Blackwork Designs To Get Inspired

From stippling and delicate dotwork to bold thick lines- blackwork designs can be a striking choice for your next tattoo!

Black ink simply looks impressive. With the variety of techniques out there these days from the most delicate lines like an illustration to a bold thick line like a graphic novel on skin the possibilities of tattoo design can be endless. Here are just a few of the many talented tattoo artists whose black ink work can give you a spark of inspiration for your next tattoo.

These tiny dots can give a tattoo beautiful shading.

Delicate heart and bird skull dotwork. Tattoo by Amy Savage
Delicate heart and bird skull dotwork. Tattoo by Amy Savage
Geometric blackwork design. Tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi
Geometric blackwork design. Tattoo by Balazs Bercsenyi
Neo traditional sailor with his own rose neck tattoo by Foulds Tattoo
Neo traditional sailor with his own rose neck tattoo by Foulds Tattoo

Beautiful black linework that looks just like an illustration.

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Tattoo by Kelly Violence
Tattoo by Kelly Violence

This man has become a canvas for a piece of modern art. The abstract image is unusual like an abstract painting.

Tattoo by Expanded Eye
Tattoo by Expanded Eye

This watchful eye in the mirror has neo traditional elements and makes a gorgeous tattoo design.

Tattoo by Mr. Cole Tattoo
Tattoo by Mr. Cole Tattoo
A simple but striking blackwork design by Hugo Tattooer
A simple but striking blackwork design by Hugo Tattooer

This tattoo could be the original sketch for the guillotine

Tattoo by Nomi Chi
Tattoo by Nomi Chi

Bold towers make this beautiful leg tattoo pop.

Tattoo by Thieves of Tower
Tattoo by Thieves of Tower

An elegant black work tattoo can make such a visible neck and chest tattoo more feminine.

Tattoo by Noksi
Tattoo by Noksi

Great double tattoo for each arm. This design mixes both bold lines and intricate dotwork.

Tattoo by Sou Tattooer
Tattoo by Sou Tattooer

Heavy black lines make this octopus tattoo much more dramatic and sketch like.

Tattoo by Kelly Violence
Tattoo by Kelly Violence

This piece has some art nouveau influences with the intricate black ink lines and natural forms.

Tattoo by Thomas E Tattoos
Tattoo by Thomas E Tattoos
Unusual message with this heart tattoo by Monkey Bob
Unusual message with this heart tattoo by Monkey Bob
Vintage camera contemporary tattoo by Okanuckun
Vintage camera contemporary tattoo by Okanuckun

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Skull obsessed tattoo fanatic, writer for Tattoodo, voice actor and visual artist who loves metal and headbanging. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Tool, horror & the macabre.

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