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Sharp Neo Traditional and Realistic Tattoos by Nate Graves

Sharp Neo Traditional and Realistic Tattoos by Nate Graves
Tattoo Artists1 min Read

One artist, two styles. Few tattoo artists can pull this off. Nate Graves happens to be one of them.

Having a distinct tattoo style makes an artist focus more on his work. But, mastering two contrasting styles is another thing. Look- I'm not saying it can't be done because there are a lot of awesome tattooers out there!

Nate Graves is a seasoned brilliant tattoo artist from Marquette, Michigan. He works and does awesome tattoos at Sacred Tattoo. His tattoo style is versatile; he can make awesome neo traditional tattoos and execute clean, smooth realistic black and grey designs as well. His work is no joke as he is a master of both styles. There is a huge aesthetic difference of the two.

Beautiful ship tattoo done by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #michigan #neotraditional #galleon #ship
Awesome looking sparrow tattoo with berries. Tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #michigan #neotraditional #sparrow #berries #bird
Blast over black and grey dagger tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #blastover #blackandgrey #michigan #neotraditional #dagger
Clean and solid black reaper tattoo done by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #blackandgrey #michigan #neotraditional #reaper #grimreaper
Beautifully done dagger through a blue rose. Amazing work by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #michigan #neotraditional #dagger #rose
Cute little swallow bird tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #michigan #neotraditional #swallow #bird
Beautiful and clean black rose tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #michigan #neotraditional #rose #blackwork #blackrose

Now, let's move on to his black and grey/realistic tattoo work. His approach to the black and grey style is incredible. The clean soft lines needed to make enough backbone for the tattoo are really done in a subtle yet solid way. The shadings are perfectly executed. There is such finesse with the shading, values and shadow play. Lastly, highlights are really done with enough restraint and are sure to make the realistic feel more stunning.

Stunning microphone tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #michigan #blackandgrey #realistic #microphone
Cute cat portrait tattoo done by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #portrait #catportrait #animalportrait #realism #michigan #blackandgrey #realistic #cat
Skull on the ankle, solid and clean tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #realism #michigan #blackandgrey #realistic #skull
Teacup and clock tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #realism #michigan #blackandgrey #realistic #teacup #clock
Awesome dog portrait tattoo by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #dogportrait #portrait #michigan #blackandgrey #realistic #dog #petportrait #animalportrait

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Realistic eye tattoo done by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #Sacred #realisticeye #michigan #blackandgrey #realistic #eye #iris
Rad looking battle chopper tattoo done by Nate Graves. #NateGraves #SacredTattoo #michigan #blackandgrey #realistic #helicopter #chopper

All images via Instagram.


rcallejatattoo
Written byrcallejatattoo

A tattoo artist working at Good Hand Tattoo, Metro Manila, Philippines. Forever a student of tattooing, art and life. A loving husband and a proud father of three. Follow me on Instagram @rcallejatattoo

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