8 Interesting facts about dotwork tattoo

Dot work tattoo of a lotus flower on the back

Dot work tattoo is a tattoo style where the tattoo is composed of dots. The more dots next to each other, the darker the surface and vice versa. So you can play beautifully with light and shadow.The entire tattoo can be processed as dotwork or dotwork can only be applied to parts of it. Works great as a background or for filling areas. Dotwork fits geometric themes, but also mandala, hindu style or tattoo in old line art style.

Black dotwork tattoo of a fly on the arm
Black dotwork tattoo of a fly on the arm

1. Dotwork tattoos at a glance

You can recognize dotwork tattoos at a glance. They have an unmistakable subtlety, but they lack spatial depth.

2. Pointillism

Dotwork tattoo is often associated with pointillism. This is called the painting direction, where the picture is made up of colored dots. In dotwork, however, unlike pointillism you do not find many colors.

3. Colors

Dotwork means simplicity. It can be taken in pure black ink or complemented with colors. Suitable colors are red or turquoise, which contrast beautifully with black and are rich.

Dotwork color flower tattoo on the thigh
Dotwork color flower tattoo on the thigh

4. Anything in dots

Dotwork can create any theme. From realistic portraits through ornaments, mandalas to complicated geometry. Many themes look much more interesting when processed as dotwork. And for illusory space games this is a clear choice.

Dot work tattoo of a flying dragon with moon on the back
Dot work tattoo of a flying dragon with moon on the back

5. Tattoos from Egypt

Bodywork with dotwork tattoos appears to have appeared in Egypt already. Egyptian statues called The Bride of Death show dotted tattoos on the lower abdomen and thighs. It was associated with seduction, attractiveness and femininity.

6. By hand or by machine

Dotwork can be tattooed by hand (so-called handpoking) or classic tattoo machine. The second method is faster and less painful than hand tattoos. When a dot is made by a needle, the needle enters one place several times, so the color in the skin holds much better.

Dot work tattoo of a skull with flowers on the calf
Dot work tattoo of a skull with flowers on the calf

7. Dotwork on the palm

The fact that dotwork tattoos have less tendency to fall out is due to the skin closing behind the dot. Individual dots can also be placed a little deeper into the skin. Therefore, palms can be tattooed in this way, which is where tattooing by other techniques usually falls out.

8. Originally

When you go after the original and unexplored piece, think about dotwork. It can tattoo any theme and it gives a really unusual impression. Thousands of dots tattooed by a tattooer may appear to be lightweight and have fine feminine lines, or they may be arranged to evoke sharp, hard male shapes.


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