Black & Grey
Black & Grey tattoos are among the most recognized styles in the world of ink and their origin comes from the prison world of the 70s. Today it is a very popular style, and mostly tattoos with a great realism and many details made with black ink diluted with water, which gives rise to shiny gray tones.
Color tattoos are among people's favorite styles, as a colorful piece draws attention, and is brighter and more eye-catching than monochrome tattoos. This is why more and more pigments of different shades are appearing that allow to reach a great depth and make perfect gradients with the colors, as well as new techniques to take advantage of them.
Realism is a tattoo that seeks to represent an image (usually of people) as close to reality as possible, usually inspired by some photograph. It is common to use grayscale but there are also realistic color tattoos; it is a style that requires a great knowledge and experience of the world of tattooing, as well as patience to make them.
This is one of the most recognized tattoo styles, and was born in the mid-twentieth century in the United States. One of its main characteristics is that it has thick lines, a lot of North American patriotic symbolism, simple designs, a limited color palette, great color saturation and no use of shadows or gradients.
Surrealism impacted the art world almost a century ago, and today it is one of the most incredible and beautiful tattoo styles. Surrealism seeks to free the imagination, fusing organic and artificial forms, and can use various techniques to give the pieces a great artistic sense.
While in Black & Grey the black ink is diluted, in Black Work they are tattoos in solid black ink to achieve a great contrast. This style of tattoo emerged recently and has become very popular; Black Work does not make shadows, but adds lines, solid fill or textures only with black ink.
Water Color tattoos are one of the most controversial at present, because they may not be as long-lasting in time. In this technique, tattooers dilute in water inks of various colors to make blurred that resemble watercolor paintings. The use of a large palette of colors in them is one of the things that make it so popular and attractive to people.
Dotwork or pointillism is a rather striking style that makes use of hundreds of dots to create designs. The flexibility of this style allows it to be used in hundreds of different themes, from tribal to landscapes and / or geometric figures. They are usually made with black tones, and can sometimes be colored.
The Fine Line tattoo style is usually made with fine lines, so it is widely used for minimalist tattoos, with many small and fine details. This style of tattoo must be made by artists with a lot of experience, because it requires a great precision and a stable pulse.
The Japanese tattoo is one of the historical styles that have managed to stay in time, being at present even one of the favorites. This is because it has a wide range of themes, such as kois, dragons, geishas, tigers and much more. The designs usually have great movement, have many details and considerable dimensions.
The neo traditional tattoo emerges as a natural evolution of old school tattoos. Unlike the old-schools, traditional tattoos handle a larger palette of colors, include degraded tones, but maintain the characteristics and symbols of the traditional ones. Line work is one of the backbones of this type of tattoo.
New school tattoos are usually highly colorful and bright, full of gradients, many details and very defined lines. Their designs are contemporary, with curved lines and modifications in perspective. It is common to use a wide variety of colors and tones, and some tattooists even dilute the colors in water to create greater depth.
The Trash Polka style was born in Germany, and is often described as a mixture of "Realism and rubbish", where it reflects, on the one hand, a realistic design in black tones, superimposed on figures or abstract spots of an intense red color. These tattoos seek, on the one hand, a great contrast and, on the other, an impact produced by the chaos represented by their designs.
Although many people get tattoos that represent them, there are others who see them as art and as a means to decorate the body. Ornamental tattoos fulfill this function to perfection, and that is that they only seek to beautify the body. The use of delicate flowers, lines and filigrees is usually emphasized, and they can be as much in color as in scale of greys.
This type of tattoos are based on old engravings, usually use solid black lines and can have saturated color filling on a normally basic palette. They are almost always monochrome tattoos, and have a wide variety of lines which gives them a sense of depth and complexity.