In tattooing, contrast is one of an artist's greatest assets. Contrast can be defined as "the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association." Within the context of tattooing, contrast generally refers to the difference between colors, shades and line weights in close proximity to one another. Typically, when you think of contrast you imagine dark blacks next to bold colors or delicate greywash. But, it doesn't have to be that way.
With proper technical application, you can create contrast in surprising and inventive ways—such as black on black tattooing. Recently, many tattoo artists have begun experimenting with black on black tattooing by using varying shades of black to create intricate patterns and designs. It's a great option for people looking to give a blackout tattoo a bit more spice and can really amp up a difficult coverup. Black on black tattoos can also be taken to the next level by adding splashes of white or grey.
Take a look at some of our favorite examples of black on black tattoos from talented artists around the world. Then let us know if you'd get a black on black tattoo in the comments section on social media.