A dotwork tattoo is build up by using small dots to create different elements of a tattoo or visualize a different form of shading which gives a tattoo contrast and texture.
I usually combine contrasting elements (which can be mandala or Mehndi orientated) with dotwork that also include a variety of different line widths. This dotwork can be very subtle but sometimes it might also be the basis of a whole mandala tattoo.
To create dotwork I usually prefer to use a coil machine and a certain type of needle to create solid dots. I equally space out the dots while following the design thus creating a beautiful flow of dotted shading throughout the tattoo. Mandala designs are great for dotwork but also a certain type of patterns can create a stunning effect when dotted.
To create a dotwork tattoo takes time and a sharp focus because the more complex a design is the better you have to focus on equally spacing out the dots.
I also use a rotary tattoo machine for the so called ‘pepper shading’ where you create a stippling effect by using longer strokes and have the needle bounce off the skin. This leaves a beautiful line of dots which can create a certain type of shading based on dots.
Here is a link to a short video by Matt Stopps (The Family Business tattoo London) showing the pepper shading effect:
If you would like more information about a dotwork tattoo or schedule an appointment then please use the contact page of my website.
All of the tattoos you see on this page are done by me at New Amsterdam Tattoo Studio.