Dotwork tattoos and artwork by David from Inkden at Blackpool

Dotwork can incorporate a multitude of themes and styles. It can be a modern abstract/geometric design, beautiful landscapes.

It’s also known to have more neo traditional feel combining thick lines with bold black sections with high contrast.

I have grown up loving to draw and paint. I remember being a child and drawing all of my favourite characters from “Pokemon” and “The Simpsons.” As a teenager I fell in love with comic books and painted pictures for my friends. As an apprentice I am currently experimenting with different styles but can’t help be pulled towards blackwork tattoos, especially dotwork.

Like the name implies, dotwork tattoos are images composed entirely of single dots. This process can take a longer but it’s worth the wait once you see the end result.


Dotwork typically use black and grey ink, but when used properly, colours can look just as stunning.

Mandalas, for example, can use either elegant and/or strong lines with a combination of different shades of colours.

Another way to combine dotwork with colour is to have the main subject in black and grey and the background is one solid or a combination of colours.

Along with dotwork and general blackwork I will be focusing on line work. I love when an image uses different line weight to create strong depth.

This also can combines the neotraditonal style of having bold outlines around the form to bring certain aspects of the image forward,

but with thinner hatchings to give shading and form to the subject.


One aspect that particularly drew me into dotwork is the diverse use that can produce a multitude of effects and styles,

from photorealistic portraits to surreal illustrations, both very different outcomes but equally stunning.

Also from a distance, the tattoo can be a clear image with smooth gradations and high contrast, but when viewed closer,

the tattoo also allows you to see each individual dot, giving the tattoo a whole new dimension.


As my comfort with blackwork

has increased I have leaned more into the darker subjects of life which I have always loved. I can’t explain why, but I have always found skulls, grim reapers and other Gothic subjects visually fascinating.

I hope to one day work primarily with darker subjects and combine all the different styles above to create a wide portfolio.



This week at:


 A stunning lion and lioness starting a full leg sleeve created by the very talented Shamack custom tattoo artist. Both have realistic details and full of pride!

This is a unique way to incorporate many names into a black and grey dream catcher design. If you would like something as sentimental and special to you, Get in touch! Sentimental tattoos are always the best.

Here it is, The inside of the stunning Marilyn Monroe sleeve produces by Shamack. you can see her natural beauty and personality in each one of these portraits.

Shamack had chance to add Marilyn Monroe’s kiss to this black and grey sleeve he has been working on. An amazing tattoo sleeve with many iconic images of Marilyn from a combination of films. Keep an eye out for pictures of the inside of the arm sleeve! If you would like to start a sleeve or other larger projects don’t hesitate to get in touch!

A couple of logos added to a colour Marvel leg tattoo piece Holly recently started. We aren’t going to ruin the surprise, but we’re very excited to see the next addition to this already amazing piece.

Holly really enjoyed adding some black and grey custom design of sun rays and water to a piece she has previously worked on. It has healed beautifully and we can’t wait to see it all finished.

Another Pokemon piece by Holly.

This one featuring Ponyta and Rapidash! There are still a few of the original 151 Pokemon. Available at a massively discounted rate of £50 for black and grey/£60 for full colour tattoo, size dependant. So if you’re interested in getting something as awesome as these guys below then get in touch!


Kratos, Ghost of Sparta, God of War.

An absolutely amazing start by Shamack on what will become a full sleeve based off of the “God of War” games. Being massive game nerds here at the studio, we think this is top quality! What do you guys think?

If you’d like something similar to this by Shamack then get in touch- for any enquiries call us on 07957021702, or for bookings go to

From Inkden Tattoo Studio and Laser Removal Clinic -Ex The Dragons Den in Blackpool Lancashire United Kingdom.



For the past 10 years I have based my artistic style on biomechanical and organic designs, incorporating this into not only my tattoos but other projects also.


Mechanical tattoos are, as the name suggests, tattoos based on mechanical parts and machinery. They are meant to give the human body a cyborg or half-machine look, with “visible” mechanical parts. This is where the ‘bio’ in ‘biomechanical’ comes from- it is a combination of a bio-organic structure (such as the human body) with mechanical components. The best thing about this style of tattoo, in my opinion, is that they work well on any area of the body.

There are several kinds of mechanical and biomechanical tattoos. The most popular version, and one you’ve probably seen yourself, is the style that appears as though the skin has ripped and is revealing the mechanical part such as this below




Which can very depend on the way the skin was damaged and inside which is reviled
Each of these tattoos can vary depending on the way the skin is damage and what the inside that is being exposed looks like.



Revealing a full range of mechanical internal body parts, which includes cogs, wires, metal joints, and springs.
The exposed mechanical components can range between a wide assortment of items including cogs, wires, metal joints and springs, to name a few. These parts create a visual mechanical representation of the internal structure of that particular area of the body.



This style is usually seen in black and grey, though some prefer to make it more “realistic” by also mixing in human body parts such as veins and muscle in coloured form. Some go for a 3d-like effect in order to make the piece even more impressive to look at- for example this picture of one of my clients tattoos, in which we integrated a portrait of his son in to the bio-mechanical surrounding;


Others prefer a more creative mechanical tattoo, one that doesn’t involve a lot of realism. This version involves the same mechanical parts, but with other designs such as clocks and compasses as the centrepiece, and the mechanical aspects is used as a defining and personalising aspects to an alternative design;



In the photo above the mechanical parts act like complementary pieces to the main design, even though they still compose a large portion of the piece.



Mechanical tattoos have a lot of tiny details, which makes them a more costly style than others. Depending on the stamina of the tattoo artist and the pain threshold of the client, multiple sessions may be needed in order to finish larger pieces. The pieces compose of blacks and greys, but that does not mean that they aren’t using just as many different inks as colour tattoos. In order to create realistic looking designs a lot of time and preparation is needed prior to the tattoo itself, and during the tattoo a lot of time and attention is needed in order to produce highly detailed, quality pieces.



Though mechanical tattoos look great on pretty much any part of the body, there are still certain spots that are generally see as the best places to have them. This includes arms, legs, feet and



A full biomechanical sleeve can look really gorgeous, with the curves and contours having less of on impact of the overall design that what you might think. If you’re in the market for a large tattoo piece then you can’t go wrong with a mechanical tattoo!



Below are a few images of the best type of mechanical tattoos for men. Most of these are black and grey, which is no doubt the best format for a mechanical tattoo. If you want more colours, you can work with the tattoo artist to create a more colourful design.



I have done a few projects where I have drawn free hand designs, which means I didn’t use a stencil but drew my own image straight on to the client’s skin. This gives a slightly abstract look, but the end tattoo has a very unique form and follows the body’s natural flow. The design below is a freehand piece, and took 16 hours of tattooing to complete.



Another tattoo like the one above is the image below, done in the same fashion. The piece in this image is 3 years old, and has healed and aged well;


One more example of this style is this image below;


For more examples of my work go to:
Below is a time lapse of the tattooing process of the last two images I posted above, which you can find on our Youtube channel. Follow the link to see the full channel: