Popular tattoo styles: Black & Grey tattoos

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A style that requires the artist to have advanced and subtle shading techniques

Black & Grey tattoos are thought to have originated in prison in the 1970s and 1980s, and later became a popular choice in tattoo shops. It uses black ink diluted with distilled water in varying proportions, as to create a “wash” look and lighter shades. Also, black and white ink can be mixed to create the Gray color, producing a thicker but brighter result which requires a slower application. The white ink may also be used to smooth out sharp transitions between different shades, or to highlight some details.

Basically any design can be done in this color, but some of the most popular themes inked in Black and Grey are: skulls, realistic portraits, animals, money, religious, guns and knives. Realism and Portrait tattoos are made using a style within the Black & Grey known as fine-line.

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Brian Blalock – Black & Grey Specialist


We have our very own realism and black and grey specialist in Denver. If you want to get tattooed by Brian, he works every day except Mondays and Thursdays. Please call his cell, come by the shop or schedule an appointment online with him. Cell (910) 991-6103 / Shop (303) 239-8282.

Mantra Tattoo & Body Piercing: the best custom tattoos and piercings in Denver since 2006

Come visit us to get your custom Black & Grey tattoo designed by one of our experienced tattoo artists, all of them do custom work and will create the design from the ideas you give them until your perfect tattoo design is ready to be inked. Or come by to pick up a nice piece of body jewelry and get pierced by one of our professional body piercers.

We use only medical grade sterilization and always new needles on every tattoo and piercing. Our shop is fully inspected and regulated by the Jefferson County Health Department.
Age requirements: 18 and up on your own with state issued photo ID or equivalent; 16 or 17 years of age with a legal guardian and both individuals are required to have a state issued photo ID orequivalent with matching last names.

1695 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, Colorado
(303) 239-8282 / (303) 238-3736
Open: Mon – Sat 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sun 12:00 noon – 9:00pm.

Bbuffalo Black and Grey tattoo

Black and Grey tattoo by Brian Blalock