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Black and grey might be the most popular tattoo style out there today – and for good reason.
  • No colour
  • Minimal outlines
  • Extensive shading and gradients
  • Varied subjects

Black and Grey Style tattoos utilize varying shades of black which is then distilled with water to create multiple contrasting tones. White ink is sometimes incorporated in order to dilute down any heavy blacks or add finishing touches to a piece.

Black and grey can incorporate any subject matter, from portraits, scenery and flowers right up to surrealist or abstract pieces. Black and grey pieces usually employ an element of 3D to give a further sense of depth and dimension.

This style can create classic, elegant pieces of art across a wide range of subjects, all of which will age incredibly well.

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We are devoted to everyone having a great tattoo experience. Visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Tattoo or our Style Guide for more information on different styles. It all starts with a good idea and the right artists. If you have an idea but not sure on how to make it a reality, please let us know and we’ll do our best to hook you up with the right artist in your area.

How does it work


Browse and discover shops and artists in your area, look through their portfolio, check the reviews, make sure you pick the right place for your next tattoo. Good research is where it all starts, and Inkably makes it so easy!


With a little help from our guided contact form, reach out to desired shops. Upload design references and ideas, personalize the request… On Inkably it’s really simple to communicate with multiple shops from one place. Super convenient!

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After sending your request, you’ll hear back from the shop of your choice to arrange a consultation and soon you are on your way to get a new tattoo. It is that easy!

Make sure you read our Guide to getting a tattoo.

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