Heavy Blackwork: Tattoos by 3kreuze

blackwork neck tattoo by 3kreuze
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As tattooing continues in the mainstream, not all clients are thrilled with their old colored tattoos and are looking for something fresh on their bodies. One way to resolve this is to do “blastovers,” i.e. overlapping parts of the old design with new ink, like the example shown below (photo 6) by 3kreuze—a German-based tattooist known for his laden black ink. Whether it is blastovers, coverups or completely new blackout designs, the artist loves his job and often jokes that “heavy blackwork [ruins] your life.” It surely is a visual statement, distinguishing these skins from the general crowd, which makes his work more sought after and cultlike. 3kreuze practises what he preaches: having 10-years worth of bold tattooing done on his skin, see here.

blackwork on chest, by brushstroke blackwork tattoo on neck and chest, germany tattooer romantic couple with blackwork tattoos brushstroke blackwork tattoo on arm, painting style
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blackout tattoos, sleeves 3 hour blastover tattoo another blackwork arm tattoo brushstroke, black ink, paint style tattoo on body blackout old tattoos, on hands
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Adriana (aka The Tattoo Journalist) is a Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360, and author of this book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated much time to documenting tattooists' lives and work. She also contributes to Tattoo Kulture, Inked, TattooLife, and other publications. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.

June 12, 2018 Art Body Art Tattoo