The Gritty Alternative Portraitures of Krzystof Sawicki

Explore the possibilities of black and grey tattoos with Polish tattoo artist Krzystof Sawicki's alternative style.

Xavier7 months ago in Tattoo Artists

We go with black and grey tattoos to acquire that simple, sophisticated look which perfectly captures the stillness of a portrait. 

But what Krzystof Sawicki aimed to do with his black and grey tattoos was to totally own it and turn it into something that surpasses the boundaries of your regular black and grey portrait. He may only have a humble couple of thousand followers, but with his raw and gritty works, Krzystof will make sure his pictures will burn themselves in the back of your mind.

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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #skull
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #skull

A bit rough here and there, Krzystof is currently on his way to ultimately polishing his shading and linework. But I've got to say, he is definitely doing a splendid job at it. From your typical black and grey tattoos, he developed a sketch-inspired style which he blends profusely with classic black and grey portraits. He captured the beastly side of savage animals with charcoal thick strokes and occasionally he's using white ink for even rougher highlights.

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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #wolf
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #wolf

I personally love the way his portraits turn out as rough and gnarly as looking as they are because it definitely adds a cinch of attitude and edge to a normal black and grey tattoo. It's almost as if he's trying to create or make a beautiful picture emerge from ruins.

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Alternative black and grey portrait by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #portrait #woman
Alternative black and grey portrait by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #portrait #woman
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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #owl
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #owl
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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #bird
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #bird
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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #skull #viking
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #skull #viking
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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #wolf
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #wolf
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Alternative black and grey portrait tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #portrait #woman
Alternative black and grey portrait tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #portrait #woman
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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #guyfawkesmask #vendetta #mask
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #guyfawkesmask #vendetta #mask
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Alternative black and grey portrait tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #portrait
Alternative black and grey portrait tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #portrait
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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #skull
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #skull
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Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #beast
Alternative black and grey tattoo by Krzystof Sawicki. #KrzystofSawicki #blackandgrey #alternativ #sketch #beast

All pictures from Krzystof via Instagram.