Tattoo specializations are the different styles that an artist might specialize in. Many artists can do multiple styles, but many others create their own styles by mixing and matching different styles. Experimenters who love to push the boundaries often create entirely new styles!
Abstract tattoos are heavily influenced by early surrealist painters. Abstract refers to ideas without a physical form. This is an art that is multilayered and complex but does not appear to have any structure. These tattoos can be interpreted in many ways and have a personal meaning.
Trash-polka is a new trend that combines traditional art and realism with abstract imagery and “trash”, or smudges, smears, and adds to the chaos with a script, often using brushstrokes. This style pays homage to both the tattoos of ancient Egyptians and modern punk subcultures. However, many artists experiment with different colors, elements, and designs.
At its core, blackwork simply means work that is done with black ink. This style is heavily influenced by tribal Polynesian tattoos. Blackwork is now a term that refers to a style with a darker aesthetic, featuring themes from horror stories and surrealism.
This is a very experimental style, so blackwork artists often mix black art with other styles like dotwork, abstract and geometric.
Black & Grey/Greywash
To create a feeling of realness in tattoos, black, grey, or white inks can be used. They also add depth and density without the use of color. Greywash is a method of diluting black inks to create lighter tints that allow for shading to give the tattoo a more 3D effect.
This technique uses empty spaces in a pattern to create designs. Blackwork will be done around any ‘negative space’ to draw the eye to what isn’t there. This technique is common in a blackout or larger blackwork pieces.
Blackwork is combined with grey and white shading to create tattoos that look like shadows and silhouettes. These minimalist tattoos can be great for those who want a tattoo with a similar look to real life but without the need to go into too much detail.
To create beautiful artistic pieces, this style makes use of brushstrokes. Although brushstrokes are usually done in black, they can be done in a variety of colors. Modern tattoo artists use brushstrokes in a unique way. They combine it with a variety of subjects to create truly unique pieces. Brushstroke designs are one of the most difficult to reproduce.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst St Pete tattoo shops. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.