How Polynesian Tribal Tattoos Played a Major Role in the Blackwork Tattoos You See Today

Contemporary Blackwork Tattoos

Today, people from all walks of life opt for blackwork tattoos, and many parlors even specialize in the style.

Some tattoo artists keep with tradition and use ink made of charred bone or wood and a method of “hand-tapping,” though many have adapted the tradition with a more modern process and approach.

Here are works by a number of blackwork tattoo artists today:

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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