Well Designed Black and Grey Tattoos by David Allen

Amazing variations on black and grey tattoos from a very talented artist.

David Allen is a painter and tattoo artist from Chicago, where he works at Pioneer Tattoo. Since he does a lot of painting on the side, Allen's same style shines through in his tattoos. I love the skillful way in which Allen adds his own flair to each individual black and grey tattoo. 


The differing ink application techniques add an array of textures to his pieces. The black and grey shades can look like a painterly style in one tattoo, pencil or charcoal etchings in another, or even appear like vintage black and grey photography on his clients' skin. 

To see if David Allen's take on black and grey tattooing is for you, check out his work below. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey iris tattoo by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #flower #iris
Black and grey iris tattoo by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #flower #iris
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Floral sleeve inspired by the client's own photographs. By David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #flower #floral
Floral sleeve inspired by the client's own photographs. By David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #flower #floral
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Painterly black and grey hydrangeas  by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #flower #hydrangeas
Painterly black and grey hydrangeas by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #flower #hydrangeas
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey extinct animal sleeve by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen  #animals #extinct #extinctanimal
Black and grey extinct animal sleeve by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #animals #extinct #extinctanimal
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey rendition of Alfred Gilbert's 'Mother and Child' sculpture by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #sculpture #AlfredGilbert
Black and grey rendition of Alfred Gilbert's 'Mother and Child' sculpture by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #sculpture #AlfredGilbert
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Painterly sketch style flowers by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #sketch #flowers
Painterly sketch style flowers by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #sketch #flowers
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
WIP Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer" music video inspired sleeve by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #PeterGabriel #music #WIP
WIP Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer" music video inspired sleeve by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #PeterGabriel #music #WIP
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey floral sleeve. By David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #floral #flowers
Black and grey floral sleeve. By David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #floral #flowers
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey leaves by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #leaves
Black and grey leaves by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #leaves
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Black and grey ornamental floral piece by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #floral #flowers #ornamental
Black and grey ornamental floral piece by David Allen. #realism #blackandgrey #painterly #DavidAllen #floral #flowers #ornamental