Dot work tattoos are one of the most intricate styles, creating amazing images and detail with nothing but millions of tiny dots. It takes an infinite amount of patience on the part of the tattoo artist, placing the tattooed dots one at a time. Some artists have even abandoned the tattoo machine and now specialize in dot shading tattoos using the hand-poke method.
If you’d like to get a tattoo done in the stipple shading style, it’s important that you realize that not all dotwork tattoos are created equal. If the artist isn’t patient, they won’t achieve the desired results. Don’t think that dots don’t require artistic skill – subtlety and delicate gradients are very important in this kind of tattoo. So, I’ve put a collection together of some of the best dotwork tattoos I could find for you to use as inspiration. Enjoy!
About the Guru:
Karen L. Hudson has been writing for the body art community since 1999. She is the author of Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos--and the Women Who Wear Them and Living Canvas: Your Total Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Body Modification. After leaving her position as About.com's body art expert in 2011, she founded Tat2Guru to continue her efforts as a safety and acceptance advocate for the body art community. Read Her Full Bio