Black and grey tattoos certainly can’t be considered a separate style. However, unlike colored tattoos, black and grey ones have a fairly large crowd of fans. It’s about people who consider only black and grey works for them.
The reason is both aesthetic and practical. It is believed that B&W stuff is much more durable, unaffected by sunlight and other external effects on the skin. In our time, black paint doesn’t change color much as it was before, because the time, when any “tattoo” acquired a green tint after a couple of years, passed.
In addition, the black and grey direction combines several large layers.
The first of them is inscriptions. Indeed, names, hieroglyphs, catch phrases in different languages, figures and other calligraphic symbols are rarely depicted in color. Traditionally, the images are black and grey. The second large layer is ornaments. These are the most ancient styles, such as: island Polynesian images, Maori symbols, Celtic patterns and so on. Traditionally they are depicted in monochrome.
Another serious layer is the geometric styles, including: dotwork, linework, blackwork. Of course, there are interesting exceptions, when the work in these styles is done in color ink, but basically it’s all the same “black and grey styles”.
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