There are just as many methods for creating different variations for shading in tattoo as there are ways to tune a tattoo machine.This text will cover a few of the commonly accepted practices for mixing up the shading inks.

Grey wash is a common technique for creating smooth black and grey tattoos.

Another common technique is the true grey pigment method.With the true grey ink method grey inks are mixed using tattoo white and tattoo black pigments.These are a lot thicker than the lining inks.and should more than likely be diluted with an agent as well.Different ratios will obtain different shades just like with the grey wash.

While the grey wash is more forgiving,the grey pigment can be a little more difficult to achieve solid results.By using grey pigments(made from white and black pigments),the artist can achieve a darker overall tattoo.



Grey pigment process would entail the artist to lay down a light grey first,and then go back over the light grey with the darker mixes,and even black.It is important to remember that tattoo inks will cover each other up,and mix in the skin as well.

It is possible to have a light grey area colored in,and then by dipping the tip of the tube into the solid black,go back over a portion of light grey area in a flicking motion.While using slightly more pressure in the area that the artist wishes to have a darker color,and lifting the needle a little more off the skin as he wishes the color to lighten.

Traditional tattoo methodology would have the artist work from darker to lighter areas of the tattoo.building up shadows and darker areas.This is not always required,but it is good practice.As a new tattoo artist,one should not get frustrated if the ink does not appear to be going into the skin properly.How easily the grey values will build depends on a lo of variables.These things require time,patience and practice.It is also possible to over work and ultimately damage the skin.