Welcome to Water & Ash, our series showcasing the best black and grey tattoos out there. From Chicano-style payasas to terrifyingly realistic horror tattoos, the world of black and grey is immense and intriguing. Find the best of it here each week.
Eyes don't always have to be part of a portrait, they can be the entire subject unto themselves. As you can see in the tattoo by Carlos Torres above, by adding just little bit of filigree the eye becomes a symbol of elegance.
Sometimes the most horrifying thing we can imagine is the absence of eyes. In his portrait of the Notorious BIG, Anrijs Straume whites out the eyes of the famous rapper, giving him the appearance of an undead zombie. Victor Portugal took the eyes clean out of this skull, and then threw one into its forehead, complete with lashes that feel as if they were tendrils reaching out to get you.
In these final three tattoos you can see all the diversity possible when focusing on eyes. First, you have Bob Tyrrell showing that in the face of a monster, beady eyes and missing eyes are equally terrifying. Stefano Alcantara shows us just how much personality can be found in the eyes. And Toxyc? Well, his piece shows us exactly why the best black and grey tattoos often leave us with nightmares.