Tattoos

Dotwork Tattoos: All You Need to Know About Them

A Sea Turtle Dotwork Tattoo – Kinetic Tattoo by Tattoo Artist Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio, Bangalore, India

Dotwork Tattoos in Bangalore is a tattoo trend in 2019 and beyond. 

Recent years have seen a complete revival in this tattooing style. Dotwork tattoos in different variety of themes, create new tattoo designs. 

Unique and artistic, they are styles worth considering while planning for the next time you get Tattooed!

WHAT ARE DOTWORK TATTOOS?

Dotwork tattoos are one of the most intricate styles of tattoos. 

Talented tattoo artists create complex geometric images with nothing but dots. 

The dots used to create a tattoo give a striking visual effect to the design.

Dots create either the entire image or just the shading. 

Dotwork shading style in a tattoo is known as stippling. The dotwork tattoos favour mainly black ink or grey ink. 

Red and Blue are the other prefered colours for dotwork tattoos. Red creates a beautiful contrast effect on geometric tattoos.

DOTWORK TATTOO: THE TECHNIQUE

Dotwork is a time-consuming technique, but it is well worth the wait.

Each dot has to be randomly yet precisely put! 

Therefore, A dotwork tattoo artist must have the following attributes.

  • Highly skilled
  • Patient
  • Have an eye for detail

It is not uncommon for dot work tattoo artists to completely abandon conventional electric tattoo machines, favouring the hand-poked technique!

Hand poked tattoos take longer, but some artists find that it allows for more precise dot work.

Dotwork Tattoo by Tattoo Artist Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo Bangalore India

Dotwork Tattoo by Tattoo Artist Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo Bangalore India

Hand Poked Tattoo Technique vs Coil Tattoo Machines

Hand poked or Stick and Poke, tattooing may have gained popularity in recent years, but it is far from new! 

The Process of Tattooing is the same as anywhere in the world.

The technique dates back to some of the oldest tattoos.

Polynesian tribes and the ancient Egyptians have culturally used it.

Until recently, the hand-poked technique had a bit of a negative stigma against it. 

As Tattoo machines became mainstream; Hand poked tattoos took the back seat.

The tattoo industry always viewed them as: being unprofessional, even unhygienic, scratcher-like, homemade or like prison tattoos!

However, in the hands of a professional, stick and poke can be used for highly detailed tattoos. 

But most modern tattoo artists use coil machines over the stick and poke method. 

The coil machines are generally safer, faster, more consistent, and still allow for intricate details.

A Dotwork Seastar Tattoo: A Tattoo designed and Tattooed by Tattoo Artist Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio Bangalore

A Dotwork Seastar Tattoo : A Tattoo designed and Tattooed by Tattoo Artist Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio Bangalore

Recurring Subjects in Dotwork Tattoos

Tattoos have always had a religious and spiritual connotation in many cultures.

Especially in Asian culture or with tribes like the Maori, each Tattoo design has an energy of its own!

In addition, Specific symbols tattooed have specific energy and vibe!

In short, one needs to know that each of the symbols in the tattoo can be very powerful!

The dotwork technique is the preferred style to create mandala tattoos

More often than not, Mandala tattoos are hand-poked. 

A tattoo gun is not the best tool when it comes to dots. Hand poking requires a lot of patience, but the best method for getting all the details right!

Some of the recurring subjects for dotwork tattoos are symbols like 

  • Mandalas
  • The Hamsa hand
  • The Eye of God
  • Lace
  • Decorative patterns like filigree
  • Animal portraits (especially wolves, cats, foxes, snakes, butterflies, etc.)
  • Animal and human skulls.

Getting a dotwork tattoo usually takes more time than a regular colour filled tattoo.

For instance, If you go to an artist who only uses the hand poking technique, it will take even longer!

But the results will be so good that you will not regret them!

At Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio, The Best Tattoo Artist in Bangalore Tattooist: Veer Hegde specializes in custom made Dotwork Tattoo Art.

Spiritually charged tattoos are also powerful when done in by the dotwork style. 

For more Dotwork Tattoo design ideas, visit: 

 100 Amazing Dotwork Tattoo Ideas That You Will Love, by thisistattoo.com, is a good resource, but use them strictly as inspiration!

Tattoo designs are available on the internet does not mean that one has the right to copy them! You will technically be offending the one who has them or the artist who created them. So Stay original!

On the other hand, Tattoos are personal! Just like a life partner for the skin! Hence, designed for the bearer; to truly satisfy the purpose of the tattoo!

Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio

Mechanical Engineer with The Indian Defense Industries, to becoming The Founder CEO of Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio in 2010 and later GQ India’s Best Tattoo Artist in Bangalore of 2015!

Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio

Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio Mechanical Engineer with The Indian Defense Industries to becoming: The Founder CEO of Eternal Expression Tattoo & Piercing Studio in 2010 and GQ India - Best Tattoo Artist In Bangalore, in 2015!

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