Dotwork tattoos are one of the most intricate styles. Complicated geometric images are created with nothing but dots. The tattoo artist must be very patient and very talented because he has to place every dot in the right place. Many dotwork artists have also abandoned the tattoo machine and are performing handpoked tattoos. Dotwork tattoos are a style on their own, and the shading you get through dots is almost 3D. You can't get that kind of shading with any other method. The dotwork technique is used especially for geometric tattoos, religious and spiritual tattoos.
The dot tattoo is usually done with black ink, or grey ink. Sometimes red is used, but only because red creates a beautiful contrast effect on geometric tattoos. There are some remarkable artists that specialise in the stippling method. We have featured one on Rebel Circus some time ago. Check out Kenji Alucky. He's a Japanese tattoo artist who creates awesome intricate designs and is really talented. We can also mention other tattoo artists like Thomas Hooper and Jondix.
Dotwork Tattoos Recurring Subjects
We've mentioned that the stippling method is used for religious tattoos. Tattoos have always had a religious and spiritual connotation in many cultures (especially Asian or in tribes like Maori). A tattoo artist is often also a shaman, a healer. Tattoos have an energy on their own and when you get specific symbols tattooed, you need to know that those symbols can be very powerful. The dots technique is often used for mandala tattoos, and more often than not those tattoos are hand poked. A tattoo gun is not the best tool when it comes to dots. Hand poking requires a lot of patience, but it's the best method for getting all the details right. Some of the recurring subjects for dotwork tattoos are mandalas, symbols like the Hamsa hand, the Eye of God, lace, decorative patterns like filigree, animal portraits (especially wolves, cats, foxes, snakes, butterflies,) animal and human skulls.
Getting a dotwork tattoo usually takes more time than a regular color filled tattoo. If you go to an artist who only uses the hand poking technique, it will take even longer. But the results will be so good that you won't regret it!
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