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.
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.
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.
All pictures from Krzystof via Instagram.