Color or black and grey tattoos, Which is best?

Canman is known for his color tattoos but equally enjoys black and grey.

For example, these images show a design done both ways.

Different tattoo artists have different views on color tattoos and black/grey tattoos.

Many will swear that black/grey tattoos come out better and never fade.

In contrast, some prefer color tattooing as the attention to detail enriches the tattooing experience.

You have picked the tattoo design, do you go for a Color or black/grey tattoo?

There are some pros and cons of each type.


  Take less time –  Less ink needs to be applied when doing this type of tattoo.  

  Richer contrast makes them easier to see on darker skin

  Black/grey tattoos do not fade/dull as easily as color.

  Versatile – black/grey tattoos work well with almost any tattoo design you choose.


Creating multi-dimensional black/grey tattoos is difficult.

Only experienced tattoo artists should attempt this type of tattoo style.

The artist uses tone, texture, composition, shape, and weight to pull off this type of design.

An inexperienced tattoo artist can botch up a multi-dimensional black/grey tattoo easily.


Color tattoos are preferred for vibrancy and details.

Good examples are Japanese tattoos which are complex color tattoos that can take years to complete.

It is easy to achieve multidimensional with a color tattoo. 

 Ideal for light skin that does not show contrast well.

Color tattoos are ideal for covering up other tattoos.

They are best for tattoos that don’t see much sun to avoid fading.

 More expression – it is easy to set the mood of the tattoo using color, just like in a wall painting 


  Color tattoos fade quickly if exposed to too much sun.

Can take more time to complete because of the complexity. 

Sometimes can cost more because there is more work involved.

In conclusion, talk to your tattoo artist to determine if your skin type goes well with either tattoo type.

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