Therefore, a style of tattoos is standing out for years, widely called blackwork or neo-tribal, and gaining more and more popularity. Welcome into the reign of monochrome... Some people may find it extreme, or lacking of aesthetic search, but the choice of blackwork lovers deserve a lot of respect for boldness and also strength. Blackwork is pushing dotwork and linework to their extreme, with massive black tint areas, complex geometrical and symmetrical patterns influenced by Polynesian tattoos and graphic art. It focuses on the design, mostly ornamental, rather than the meaning or realism. From minimal to extremely intricate, blackwork tattoos are standing out. Yet, you can always add white ink to soften the black tint. Blackwork is also a possibility for cover-ups. But forget about laser removal, so think before you ink! Many artists are well-known for their blackwork specialization, and even tattoo shops (I'm thinking to the Into you shop of London, with Alex Binnie, Curly Moore and Tomas Tomas, but a little bit of research would lead you to many other names), so take the time to find the right artist if you want to come back to black...
So, would you Paint it Black? :D Let's explore blackwork possibilities gradually with these 40 all black tattoos covering the body from 1% to almost 90%... From 1% covered... Black works well with minimalism. You can make the most with the less, which means delicate yet standing out tattoos.
... nearly 30% covered... Blackwork can add a very intense look to a sleeve or a leg piece, playing with the tribal codes and negative spaces.
...on the road to 90% covered We're entering the hardcore part of blackwork, with people almost fully covered with black ink or at least huge black designs on their whole body. It takes guts to do that, so respect!