Fortune favors the boldest ink.
Blackwork tattoos are the boldest of them all.
Made up of solid panes of black ink, they’re striking against any skin tone. But unlike Black & Gray tattoos, they don’t tend to use shading or various gradients of ink. Instead, they rely on flat geometric shapes, waves that flow with the curves of the body, and clean lines to create everything from highly detailed patterns and motifs to discreet yet impactful designs.
If you’re still scratching your head trying to picture a Blackwork tattoo, it’s because they can take shape in so many different forms, from a Harry Potter “Deathly Hallows” symbol to full-body tribal tattoos.
The original Blackwork tattoos have been around for centuries. Thousands of years, in fact. They can be traced back to ancient Polynesian civilizations from Hawaii to Tahiti, who wore their Blackwork tattoos with pride. Getting them was a rite of passage. They symbolized lineage, ranking, even religious beliefs. Worn by warriors and everyday people, they remain a staple of Polynesian culture to this day. And rightly so, because they look rad.
If you’re thinking of getting some tribal ink, just remember that tribal Blackwork tattoos are most impactful when they cover larger areas of the body. Think full sleeves, chest plates and back pieces. Or even bigger than that, if you’re willing.
But you don’t have to travel to the Big Island to get your ink. Thankfully, Blackwork tattoos have made their way to the mainland. Bring your Blackwork ideas to our shop in Orlando, and our tattoo artists will help you create the perfect piece. We know how to ensure every line stays crisp and every shape is uniform so you can make a bold statement no matter what.
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