Dot Work and Stippling Tattoos at San Diego’s International Guesthouse Tattoo Shop

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Hunter Knolmayer

Roger Solis

J Trip

Karlla Mendes

Stippling and Dotwork Tattoos

Stippling and Dotwork Tattoos became one of the most popular tattoo styles in 2017 and isnt showing any signs of fading out. The intricacies  and detail of the dotwork tattoos have cultivated a large demand for this style. This style is characterized by its use of small dots to form patterns, images, shapes, and shading. Known as stippling when used for shading, this technique has been used in different mediums of artwork such as paintings, drawings, and engravings for thousands of years. In tattoos, dotwork is done using black, grey, or even red ink to precisely construct designs and establish shading. When used with lines and blends, dotwork tattoos achieve striking effects.

How are Dotwork Tattoos Made?

Since dotwork tattoos are made using hundreds or even thousands of tiny dots, it is a precise and time-consuming process. The placement of each dot relative to each other is critical to the effect the dissolving effect with negative space of the tattoo. And not only must they be precisely placed with each other, but they must work in tandem with the placements of the dots as a whole. This is what gives dotwork tattoos they ideal features. When done with patience, this style can establish 3D designs better than many other styles.

Since dotwork tattoos are composed of dots in repetition, regular tattoo guns are not always the best option. The precision required for the dots is often achieved by hand poking, which can take longer than regular tattoos. When done by one of our specialists, it creates a truly captivating design that could not be accomplished by any other style.

The Best Place to get a Dotwork Tattoo

This style of tattoos are most often used for geometric, mandalas, spiritual, and religious designs. But due to the high level of detail and shading that stippling can accomplish, this style can be applied to almost any type of tattoo. At Guesthouse Tattoo, we have several All-Star artists that live for the dotwork tattoos and are ready to give you more information on the process and collaborate with you on this truly unique style of body art.


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