Dot Work Tattoos – Tattoo Designs Made Entirely of Tiny Dots

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Karen L. Hudson

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!

Stipple Shading Tattooing by Thomas Hooper

Stipple Shading Tattooing by Thomas Hooper

Negative Image Borneo Tribal Dotwork Tattoo

Negative Image Borneo Tribal Dotwork Tattoo by Alex -Adorned Tattoo

Floral Henna Style Dot Shading Foot Tattoos

Floral Henna Style Dot Shading Foot Tattoos by Dan DiMattia - Calypso Tattoo

Dot Stippling Floral Sleeve Tattoo

Dot Stippling Floral Sleeve Tattoo by Dan DiMattia - Calypso Tattoo

Skull and Spyrographic Design Tattoo With Stipple Shading

Skull and Spyrographic Design Tattoo With Stipple Shading by Dan DiMattia - Calypso Tattoo

Stipple Shading Skulls and Mandala Tattoo

Stipple Shading Skulls and Mandala Tattoo by Dan DiMattia - Calypso Tattoo

Mehndi Style Floral Tattoo With Dot Shading

Mehndi Style Floral Tattoo With Dot Shading by Dan DiMattia - Calypso Tattoo

Negative Flourishes in Dotwork Shading - Head Tattoo

Negative Flourishes in Dotwork Shading - Head Tattoo by Deryn Stephenson - Tenacious Tattoo

Roses With Water Droplets Dotwork Tattoo

Roses With Water Droplets Dotwork Tattoo by Dotwork Damian - Blue Dragon Tattoo

Dotwork Backpiece Tattoo

Dotwork Backpiece Tattoo by Martin - Craftz Berlin

Stipple Shading Flower Tattoo

Stipple Shading Flower Tattoo by Mike Adams

Delicate Dot Shading Mandala Tattoo

Delicate Dot Shading Mandala Tattoo by Mike Adams

Dot Work Mandala Tattoo by Oliver Whiting

Dot Work Mandala Tattoo by Oliver Whiting

Trash Polka Style Dotwork Skull and Flowers Tattoo

Trash Polka Style Dotwork Tattoo by Sky - L'art du Point

Red Ink Dot Shading Spyrograph Design Tattoo

Red Ink Dot Shading Spyrograph Design Tattoo by Steve Gillespie - Witch City Ink

Dot Shading Floral Design Tattoo

Dot Shading Floral Design Tattoo by Tamara Lee

Half Finished Dot Work Tattoo by Tamara Lee

Half Finished Dot Work Tattoo by Tamara Lee - Black Garden Tattoo

Dot Work Mandala Tattoo

Dot Work Mandala Tattoo by Tamara Lee - Black Garden Tattoo

Tribal Style Floral Foot Tattoo With Dot Shading

Tribal Style Floral Foot Tattoo With Dot Shading by Dan DiMattia - Calypso Tattoo

Reverse Image Om Tattoo With Stipple Shading

Reverse Image Om Tattoo With Stipple Shading by Dillon Forte

Dot Shaded Hummingbird Tattoo

Dot Shaded Hummingbird Tattoo - Unknown Artist

Dot Shaded Sugar Skull With Mandala Tattoo

Dot Shaded Sugar Skull With Mandala Tattoo by Thomas Hooper

Dot Shading Fern Leaf Tattoo

Dot Shading Fern Leaf Tattoo by Chon Hernandez - Artistic Element II

Om and Mandala Dot Shaded Tattoo

Om and Mandala Dot Shaded Tattoo by Oliver Whiting

Dot Work Floral Back Tattoo

Dot Work Floral Back Tattoo by Cory Ferguson

Bald Head Mandala Dot Work Tattoo

Bald Head Mandala Dot Work Tattoo by Vincent Hocquet - Beautiful Freak Tattoo

Dot Work Stacked Cubes and Mandala Tattoo

Dot Work Stacked Cubes and Mandala Tattoo by Vincent Hocquet - Beautiful Freak Tattoo

Red and Black Dotwork Geometric Stars and Flowers Tattoo

Red and Black Dotwork Geometric Stars and Flowers Tattoo by Vincent Hocquet - Beautiful Freak Tattoo

HIM Heartagram Dot Shading Tattoo

HIM Heartagram Dot Shading Tattoo by Kame Tattoo

Dot Work Backpiece Tattoo

Dot Work Backpiece Tattoo by Cory Ferguson

Dynamic Scorpion Dotwork Backpiece Tattoo

Dynamic Scorpion Dotwork Backpiece Tattoo by Sky - De L'Art du Point

Geometric Abstract Dotwork Tattoo

Geometric Abstract Dotwork Tattoo by Sky - De L'Art du Point

Extensive Body Coverage Dotwork Tattoos

Extensive Body Coverage Dotwork Tattoos by Martin - Craftz Berlin

Reverse Dotwork Stars Half Sleeve Tattoo

Reverse Dotwork Stars Half Sleeve Tattoo Dotwork Damian - Blue Dragon Tattoo

3D Dotwork Sugar Skull Tattoo

3D Dotwork Sugar Skull Tattoo by Dotwork Damian - Blue Dragon Tattoo

Reverse Celtic Knotwork with Dotwork Shading

Reverse Celtic Knotwork with Dotwork Shading by Alex -Adorned Tattoo

Stipple Dot Shading Mandala Tattoo

Stipple Dot Shading Mandala Tattoo by Guy Waisman

Mandala Foot Tattoo Shaded With Dots

Mandala Foot Tattoo Shaded With Dots - Tattoo by Guy Waisman

Hand Poked Dot Work Foot Tattoo

Hand Poked Dot Work Foot Tattoo by Boff Konkers - Roadmaps For the Soul

Hand Poked Dot Work Ganesha Full Backpiece Tattoo

Hand Poked Dot Work Ganesha Full Backpiece Tattoo by Boff Konkers - Roadmaps For the Soul

Day of the Dead Hand Poked Dot Work Back Tattoo

Day of the Dead Hand Poked Dot Work Back Tattoo by Boff Konkers - Roadmaps For the Soul

Oak Leaf Dot Shading Tattoo

Oak Leaf Dot Shading Tattoo by Jay Laviolette - All Star Body Art

Dot Shading Sleeve Tattoo

Dot Shading Sleeve Tattoo by Punktum

Red and Black Dotwork Skull Backpiece Tattoo

Red and Black Dotwork Skull Backpiece Tattoo by Sky - De L'Art du Point

Spiral Conch Shell Dotwork Tattoo

Spiral Conch Shell Dotwork Tattoo by Punktum

Stipple Shading and Pointillism Backpiece Tattoo

Stipple Shading and Pointillism Backpiece Tattoo by Punktum

Gradient Stipple Shading Tribal Tattoo

Gradient Stipple Shading Tribal Tattoo by Jay Laviolette - Pure Ink Fury

Dot Shading Quote Tattoo - To Thine Own Self Be True

Dot Shading Quote Tattoo by Punktum

Floral Mandala Dot Work Tattoo

Floral Mandala Dot Work Tattoo by Cory Ferguson

3D Tribal With Dot Shading Tattoo

3D Tribal With Dot Shading Tattoo by Steve A.

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Stipple Shading Tattooing by Thomas HooperNegative Image Borneo Tribal Dotwork TattooFloral Henna Style Dot Shading Foot TattoosDot Stippling Floral Sleeve TattooSkull and Spyrographic Design Tattoo With Stipple ShadingStipple Shading Skulls and Mandala TattooMehndi Style Floral Tattoo With Dot ShadingNegative Flourishes in Dotwork Shading - Head TattooRoses With Water Droplets Dotwork TattooDotwork Backpiece TattooStipple Shading Flower TattooDelicate Dot Shading Mandala TattooDot Work Mandala Tattoo by Oliver WhitingTrash Polka Style Dotwork Skull and Flowers TattooRed Ink Dot Shading Spyrograph Design TattooDot Shading Floral Design TattooHalf Finished Dot Work Tattoo by Tamara LeeDot Work Mandala TattooTribal Style Floral Foot Tattoo With Dot ShadingReverse Image Om Tattoo With Stipple ShadingDot Shaded Hummingbird TattooDot Shaded Sugar Skull With Mandala TattooDot Shading Fern Leaf TattooOm and Mandala Dot Shaded TattooDot Work Floral Back TattooBald Head Mandala Dot Work TattooDot Work Stacked Cubes and Mandala TattooRed and Black Dotwork Geometric Stars and Flowers TattooHIM Heartagram Dot Shading TattooDot Work Backpiece TattooDynamic Scorpion Dotwork Backpiece TattooGeometric Abstract Dotwork TattooExtensive Body Coverage Dotwork TattoosReverse Dotwork Stars Half Sleeve Tattoo3D Dotwork Sugar Skull TattooReverse Celtic Knotwork with Dotwork ShadingStipple Dot Shading Mandala TattooMandala Foot Tattoo Shaded With DotsHand Poked Dot Work Foot TattooHand Poked Dot Work Ganesha Full Backpiece TattooDay of the Dead Hand Poked Dot Work Back TattooOak Leaf Dot Shading TattooDot Shading Sleeve TattooRed and Black Dotwork Skull Backpiece TattooSpiral Conch Shell Dotwork TattooStipple Shading and Pointillism Backpiece TattooGradient Stipple Shading Tribal TattooDot Shading Quote Tattoo - To Thine Own Self Be TrueFloral Mandala Dot Work Tattoo3D Tribal With Dot Shading Tattoogt-walkingdeadgt-3dgt-animalsgt-bacongt-dotdgt-flowersgt-geekgt-moviesgt-owlsgt-painterly

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

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