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Black And Gray Tattoos And Designs-Black And Gray Tattoo Ideas And Pictures

Updated on October 10, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Black And Gray Tattoos

Black and gray tattoos are one of the most common tattoo styles out there. Black and gray tattoo designs are inked only using black and gray ink. If you're considering a black and gray tattoo, you should take the time to look for a tattoo artist that specializes in this type of tattooing. I know most tattoo shops of today are very versatile. Even so, you still want an artist that is talented in black and gray tattooing.

The most important factor in black and gray tattoo designs is shading. You want an even dimension of darks, lights, and neutral colors. Black and gray tattooing can be difficult, some of the best tattoo artist in the world can struggle with gray and black inks. This is another reason why it's important to choose an artist that does great shading with this style of tattooing.

One of the best things about gray and black tattoos is the fact that you literally have thousands of tattoo symbols that can be done in this style. From portrait tattoos to dragon tattoos, there's a host of appropriate symbols that can be used. In this article, we'll explore several great tattoo ideas for men and women. We'll point out some of the factors that make or break a black and gray tattoo. In the end, we hope that we can leave you with ideas and inspiration for your own black and gray tattoo.

Black And Gray Tattoo Designs

Black and gray tattoo designs can include a variety of different tattoo symbols and styles. One of the most popular tattooing styles is tribal tattoos. Tribal tattoo designs are commonly tattooed using black and gray ink. Tribal tattoos are one of the most common tattoo styles that are chosen by men. Another popular tattoo style that can be done in a black and gray style is Celtic tattoos. Celtic tattoo designs could include the Celtic cross tattoo, Tree of Life tattoo, or a Celtic knot-work tattoo. The beautiful designs that are incorporated with Celtic tattoos make this a great choice for men and women.

From animal tattoos to flower tattoos, black and gray tattoos can include many different elements. It all depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for a black and gray animal tattoo, you could choose a bear, butterfly, dragon, eagle, koi, octopus, owl, raven, shark, or stingray. When done correctly, all of these animals can look stunning in black and gray ink. The dogwood, hibiscus, lily, lotus, orchid, and rose are all possible ideas for a women's black and gray tattoo.

You may wish to consider a black and gray tattoo that holds symbolic meaning to you. Think about it, is there a specific symbol or element that represents you? Is there a special place or landmark that means a lot to you? It could be anything! If you are Native American, you may wish to get a Native American Indian tattoo that represents your heritage. If you are from England, you may choose symbols and elements that represent England, such as the national flag or crown. If you are from New York or L.A., you may want to get a black and gray tattoo that represents your city or home. What's special to you? It could be your home, family, friends, or your name.

Black And Gray Tattoo Ideas

There's a variety of great black and gray tattoo ideas that we have in this article. The best part, the possibilities are endless. Nearly anything can be tattooed and done in black and gray ink. One of m favorite black and gray tattoos are portrait tattoos. If you have a parent, grandma, grandpa, uncle, brother, sister, or child that you want to represent, portrait tattoos are the best way to go about doing this. Yes, portrait tattoos are great as a memorial tattoo, but you can also use them to celebrate their life. You may wish to capture the moment of your first child, getting a gray and black tattoo of him/her as a newborn. When proper technique is used, black and gray portrait tattoo designs can be absolutely stunning.

Landmark tattoos are another great idea for black and gray ink. One of my favorite landmarks is the Brooklyn Bridge. The shading has to be spot on with solid line work to pull it off, but it can make for a stunning black and gray tattoo. There's thousands of landmarks all around the world, once again, the choices are endless. It can even be a local landmark that you may wish to have portrayed as skin art. Local landmarks or local elements are a great way to keep a tattoo personal, represent a tattoo that is meaningful.

Name tattoos are another tattoo that is popular in the black and gray tattoo style. Name tattoos are another great way to support a tattoo that represents yourself or a loved one. Think about it, what does your name mean to you? Your name defines you, always wear it proudly. Many people choose to get their last name tattooed, usually on their back as a name tattoo or family crest if you wish. You may share the name of a loved one that has passed away. You can choose to get a black and gray name tattoo alone or it can be designed with elements and symbols that give it meaning.

Popular tattoo symbols that are often inked in black and gray ink include the skull, grim reaper, rose, cross, and Phoenix. Each one of these tattoo symbols can be colored, but they stand out when the black and gray ink is applied correctly. The skull is a common tattoo symbol that is often found in a variety of tattoos. It takes a lot of great shading and line work to make a skull pop out on a tattoo. When skulls are done correctly, they can work great as a center piece or background element. The rose is another tattoo that looks great in gray and black.

Please be sure to take the time to view all the different black and gray tattoo designs in this article. This is a great way to find the right black and gray tattoo for yourself. Also, you can pick up ideas and inspiration to incorporate into your own black and gray design.


There's a few things that you want to consider before you choose to get your gray and black tattoo or any tattoo. First, be sure to seek out a tattoo artist that does black and gray tattoos. If you already have an artist in mind, that's fine. If not, you may wish to look for an artist that specializes in black and gray tattooing. Make sure you browse through dozens of black and gray tattoo designs. Don't choose the first one you see, take your time and find a gray and black tattoo that you're sure to love.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get inked on an impulse usually regret their tattoo down the road. Remember, tattoos are meant to be worn for life. You don't want to go through the process of cover ups and laser removal, make the right choice the first time around.

Black and gray tattoos give you thousands of different options, one of the most versatile tattooing styles out there. Nearly all tattoos known to man can look good in black and gray ink, the options are endless. Take your time and find a design that is special, one that you won't mind wearing forever. We appreciate all your time and support. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please be sure to leave a comment below. Thanks for your visit and be sure to view all our tattoo articles.


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Black And Gray Tattoos And Designs-Black And Gray Tattoo Ideas And Pictures looks great and so well presented.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi lyric, I love the first tiger, the angel woman and the viking! absolutely stunning! great job as always, voted up and shared! nell

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This hub actually surprised me. I would think black & gray were older tattoos before there was color but you have certainly showed me! These are amazing tattoos and certainly nothing to be scoffed at!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      I truly enjoy looking at you art, so beautiful.

      Voted-up ABI shared and liked on fb.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I love these, especially the feet! Thank you! up++ and sharing!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Lyric. I learn so much from your tattoo hubs. I especially like the Native American design above. So many of these designs are beautiful. Voted up and more.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow some of these are amazing, a lot of color ink used here bro...great share

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, I love the owl, the angel/woman with the sword, the elephant and the pretty feet!

      Up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you and yours dear friend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If it were me I would have to go color....but it's not me, nor will it ever be....LOL

      As usual you covered the subject quite well....great resource for those thinking of getting a tattoo. Well done my friend.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the owl and the pocket watch the best. The shading is really interesting and certainly produces an even greater effect. As always, nicely done my friend and voted way up.

      Wishing you a wonderful day,


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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Black-and-white is exceptionally beautiful. Wasn't aware that shading could be so effective on the skin.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      The images available with black & gray are indeed seemingly endless. At first I thought I saw Blue & Gray and thought oh man this must be Civil War tats. In any case this was a great design and interesting/w info!