It's amazing the versatility that comes with black and grey tattoos. They are timeless pieces of art that can take many styles. Check out the collection below and get inspired!
Realistic black and grey tattoos, like this beautiful peacock by Stefano Alcantara, are one of the most popular types of tattoos done today.
Of course, sticking with classic black and grey tattoo designs, which use bold lines to define the boundaries of the piece, will ensure a piece that will hold strong for years to come. The traditional dagger up top by Jan Netten and this Snake by Gakkin are great examples of this.
Black and grey tattoos also show versatility in their ability to merge styles, like with this geometric dotwork and flowers sleeve by Graham Niles.
Detail levels can be incredibly rich in black and grey tattoos, as different tones of black ink can provide contour, contrast, and depth. Check this out in Samuel Rico's piece above.
Back to the perfect black and grey tattoo portraits with this incredible Johnny Depp piece by Ryan Evans.
Tattoo artists also can create more contrast in their black and grey tattoos by using white ink to highlight parts of the piece. The cross, thorns, and blood drops in this sacred heart by Sarah Carter are good examples of this.
Classic elements such as roses look magnificent in black and grey tattoos, even if normally they would hold a strong red or blue color.
The possibilities are endless with black and grey tattoos, as optical illusions and surreal arrangements can be conjured out of the contrast. Joey Boon nailed it with this horror piece above.
Finishing off with a fantastic piece by Dr. Woo - a hamsa and elephant combination with use of fine lines andgeometric dotwork - what an EPIC black and grey tattoo.