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Should You Get a Black and Grey Tattoo Toronto or a Colour Tattoo?

Choosing Between Black & Grey or Color Tattoos: Tips and Styles

One of the decisions that you’ll have to make regarding your upcoming tattoo is whether you’d prefer to get a black and grey tattoo Toronto or a colour tattoo. The tattoo you choose will be an artistic and expressive statement of yourself so it’s best to take the time to make a well thought-out decision. After all, whether you choose a big or a small tattoo, it’s something that you’ll be living with for the rest of your life.

Colour Tattoos

If you’re looking for something that’s bright and will stand out, a coloured tattoo is a great choice. There are many tattoo styles that look particularly great in colour including the following:

  • Water colour tattoos

  • Illustrative tattoos

  • Traditional old school tattoos

  • Japanese tattoos

  • New school tattoos

It’s important to not only consider the type of tattoo you want but to determine the size as well. If you are getting a small tattoo, you’ll want to make sure that the colours don’t visually blend together. The artist you are working with may offer some helpful suggestions in order to maintain the integrity of the colours used. The artist may also recommend simplifying the colours so that the results look clean and smooth.

You’ll have time to discuss what you want to achieve with the artist before getting the tattoo done. Whether you select a black and grey tattoo Toronto or a coloured tattoo, the artist will work with you to make sure that you can achieve the best results possible. Should you have any concerns, doubts or questions, or happen to change your mind about anything, speak up right away. When you’re in the tattoo shop you should feel free to express any feelings you may have at any time during the process.

Black and Grey Tattoos and Blackwork Tattoos

A black and grey tattoo Toronto can be made with intricate patterns to create a bold contrast on the skin. A few styles of tattoos that suit this colouring the best include the following:

  • Monochromatic tattoos

  • Blackwork tattoos

  • Tribal tattoos

  • Realism tattoos

  • Small scripts

  • Many others

In terms of a black and grey tattoo Toronto, there are 3 different types to choose from. The first one is blackwork that only uses black ink. The contrast lies with the skin tone and the black ink. There is no gradation involved with this type of tattoo since only black ink is used. The second type consists of black and grey tattoos where black ink gets mixed with some water to create tones that are both lighter and darker.

The third form of black and grey tattoos Toronto is an opaque grey tattoo. When this type of tattoo is used, white gets mixed with the black ink to form a grey colour. The grey colour that is created is different from the grey that you’d see when mixing black ink with water.

A black and grey tattoo Toronto is the perfect choice when small tattoos are desired such as tiny scripts and finger tattoos. Tattoos that are more detailed with delicate designs tend to look better when created with grey and black tones.

If you’re looking for a tattoo script consider the readability of the tattoo when choosing the best colour. In many cases blackwork tattoos work the best for scripts.

A Word about Blackout Tattoos

Love them or hate them, blackout tattoos have been trending recently. These are often used to cover up tattoos that are outdated. Some people choose to get blackout tattoos even when they don’t have a tattoo that they want to cover up if they just like the look of them.

Blackout tattoos cover a large part of the body, normally the legs or the arms. The skin is covered with a solid, black ink covering. Think of colouring an entire page black and you’ll get the idea.

These tattoos are time-consuming to ink and some artists may not provide blackout tattoos. It is also a painful process since large amounts of skin will need to be filled in. You will probably need to have a number of sittings and many needles will generally be required. As well, to be sure that the area is filled in completely, some spots will have to be gone over multiple times to ensure that the distribution of the pigment is saturated and even. If even a small portion of skin is not fully covered or is a bit transparent, the entire look of the blackout tattoo will suffer.

You can expect blackout tattoos to be extremely painful, time-consuming and more costly than many other types of tattoos. They are also impossible to cover later on down the road so make sure that you are 100% certain before choosing this type of tattoo.

Best Black and Grey Tattoo Artist Toronto

Once you have the decision to get a black and grey design, it’s time to look for the best black and grey tattoo artists Toronto. Start by looking through the gallery of photos displayed by the different artists at the tattoo shop. Some tattoo artists prefer to work with colour while others have boasting rights to black and grey tattoos. It’s always best to work with an artist that has a particular interest in the type of tattoo work you’d like to get.

One of the best ways to know whether an artist is very experienced with black and grey tattoos in Toronto is to look at the variations in the shading. The objective with many styles of tattoos is to create subtle, soft shades along with harsher shadows for the design. When you can see this in tattoos that have been done before, you’ll know that this artist has a lot of experience working with black and grey shades and knows what he’s doing.

At Hon Tattoos we have experienced tattoo artists that can create amazing black and grey tattoos Toronto and colourful tattoos. We have a wide range of artists that work in our tattoo studio so be sure to browse through the gallery presented by our artists at

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