For Russian speakers, Black & Gray sounds like the name of a book about pirates, but any Englishman will tell you that it is simply “black and gray”. So this style does not imply a mandatory image of a pirate theme, it simply means using only black ink of various “strengths” for a tattoo, right down to a light gray color completely diluted with water.
That is why some people believe that this style is a child branch of the Blackwork direction. And some argue that his ancestor is Tribal. But it’s not so important - who were mom and dad, because this technique is great for use in many areas of tattoo art: realism, tribal, ornament, etc.
Due to the dilution of black paint with water, many halftones appear, and due to the use of halftones and shadows, a flat image gets three-dimensional. This is how our eye sees. Occasionally, even white spots are used, they look like glare on the tattoo. Therefore, this technique will “revive” your chosen photographs, drawings of animals and flowers on your body, make any objects and patterns voluminous.
It is believed that due to monochrome this style is more suitable for men. But since this technique can be used for a wide range of tattoo trends, as mentioned above, girls often choose this style if they do not rave about glamor. After all, here you can embody the desired image of any size - from large to small, and any plot - from a photograph of your ideal to a stylish philosophical miniature.
If you like classics and restraint, if you check out the idea and try to imagine 50 shades of gray, try to order a tattoo in the style of Black and Gray. But remember - you need a high-class professional as a master, only he will add sophistication and deep meaning to your tattoo, no one else.