Gorgeous Black and Gray Pet Tattoos

Gorgeous Black and Gray Pet Tattoos

Don’t settle for a subpar portrait of your pooch, show man’s best friend that they’re top dog with a world-class work of art.

Welcome to Water & Ash, our series showcasing the best black and grey tattoos out there. From Chicano-style payasa girls to hair-raising realistic horror tattoos, the world of black and grey is immense and intriguing. Find the best of it here each week.


People are often drawn toward tattoos that highlight their favorite things in life, which is why many decide to immortalize their furry friends in ink. Whether your pet has passed on to the afterlife or is still very much alive and well, tattoos are a great way to show the world who has your heart. While human portraits are certainly spectacular subjects to capture in a tattoo, animals are just as capable of producing a dynamic and engaging image. Not to mention, these tattoos have an undeniable cute factor.

Black and gray is great for portraits of any kind, but especially animal portraits, because it is a timeless and classic style that ages well over time. From puppies to kittens, and everything in between–these artists know how to produce a gorgeous black and gray portrait for the one-of-a-kind four legged friends that brighten our lives.

Looking at the artists which have been known to churn out gorgeous black and gray pet portraits, we see that there are a lot of big names in the mix. Ryan Ashley Malarkey, a specialist of black and gray, as well as Spike’s latest Ink Master champion, is well known for her bold black and gray portraits—which have consistently featured domesticated animals. Sarah Miller, another Ink Master alum, has also been known to stray from her preferred color palette to tackle black and gray pet portraits. Then, there’s German black and gray heavyweight, Meyer Viktor, who has time consistently shown that pets are his forté. So whether you want your animals adorned with intricate filigree or have planned a more classic approach, you’ll be in good hands with these black and gray experts.  

So whether you want your animals adorned with intricate filigree or have planned a more classic approach, you’ll be in good hands with these black and gray experts.  

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