Black Rose Tattoo Studio-Best Tattoos in Woodruff

Tattoo Styles at Black Rose Tattoo Studio

This is when shading is heavily utilized. Black and gray work is typically used to create some type of 3-D effect without using color.
Highlights are often added using white. White ink can also be used to smooth out sharp transitions between the different shades.
This is a modern style of art, it usually doesn’t have any type of outline or any real structure. It breaks away from the traditional representation of animals, people, and the world around us.

Black and Gray



Colored tattoos can be done in vivid or subtle tones, depending on the effect the tattoo artist is trying to achieve.

Religious Tattoos

Memorial tattoos can be images representing a person’s life in some way. It may be a religious image, crosses, banners, praying hands, poems, flowers, or sometimes a portrait. Most want to incorporate items that had meaning or significance to the  deceased and or their family. Often this type of tattoo is accompanied by lettering with the person’s name and dates of their birth and their death. 


Usually represented by portraits or true to life scenes/landscapes that showcase the fine line detail of a photograph or painting.


The link between tattooing in religion goes back to the Egyptians. They would tattoo the dead so that they would have relative information when they passed to the other side. The Christians would tattoo a cross under the hand on the wrist to identify themselves to be devout Christian and a true believer as opposed to Roman spies. 

American Traditional

A tattoo artist has to be extremely skilled in his field to be able to convey a person’s likeness onto another person skin. Some are meant to show love, admiration, loss or birth. Portraits are often created using fine line tattoo style. Choose your artist carefully, a photo realistic tattoo takes a high level of skill and talent you won't find an artist to do one at just any studio - be picky. 


Cartoon / Anime Tattoos

The style everyone remembers from the 90’s  with it’s Tasmanian Devil inspired tattoos that too many people had. Now the cartoon inspired tattoo is making it’s comeback as clients look to relive their childhood.  Hello Kitty, Auto bots, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, maybe your favorite video game, you name it we’ve done it. Bold bright colors, fun and whimsical, as a stand alone piece or as part of an entire sleeve.
Old School (AKA. Old Skool or American Traditional) tattoos are usually images that are two-dimensional, bold colors using only a simple color palette and low intricacy/detail. Popular in the 1800's and are also referred to as nautical tattoos. These include mermaids, ships, anchors, pin ups, banners and sparrows.  They consisted of bold, blue-black outlines, usually filled with solid red and green with rare additions of blue, yellow, brown and purple; with little or no shading. Norman Keith Collins, also known as “Sailor Jerry" is one of the most well known traditional tattoo artists.Thicker lines are used and the inspiration is typically nautical and military in theme. Using Eagles, anchors, swallows,ships, hearts and banners. 

Surrealist / Horror

Cover Up or Re-working

Stippling or Dot-work

This style covers everything from Salvador Dali to Fantasy monsters and incoherent nightmares. Full of symbolic scenes, strange dream-like scenarios, humor (sometimes the humor is gleeful, impish or sometimes it can have a sarcastic or cruel twist). Using bizarre creatures and people to create continuity between the images, some are single images used to shock or catch your attention. It can also be known as "Lowbrow art" or "Pop Surrealism."
Using color and technique to hide an old tattoo with a new tattoo or just having someone re line and Re color and old tattoo so that it looks as it should.  Many make the mistake of using the wrong cover design or wrong colors to cover – causing the old piece to resurface through the new one.  Make sure you have an experienced artist do this for you.
Stippling is creation of a pattern with varying solidity or shading using small dots or specks,
rather then using lines or solid areas. 
 The use of lettering and fonts has always been a popular ink choice among clients. With so many different options out there, finding that perfect font is key.  Some are hard to read when written out, so keep that in mind when choosing a font. Use a site that allows you to see your word or quote in the chosen font style to see if it's easily read and clear to the eye.
Also popular are Ambigrams. This is when you can incorporate two words together — a composite in one tattoo.  When read upright it will be 1 word, then when flipped upside down it will read another. Not all words can work with this process.

Lettering & Ambigrams

Sketch style

Fine line work

This style of art has a fresh from the drawing board feel. Using sketch lines to create your tattoo. Nothing is perfect, sometimes lines do not touch or close.
Fine line work is something that' s been popping up more often. We consider fine-line work to be a more delicate style, almost feminine, with no room for error.  It's a beautifully simplistic style,  great for those who want a tattoo but may not want to commit to a larger piece.



Neo Traditional  - which mean traditional with newer element added to the design) tattoo style began in the 1980's and refers to a tattoo style that is bold and bright, has two-dimensional imagery and lower  intricacy. Contemporary & fantastical designs, combining multiple styles of tattooing into one piece. It's distinct from the old school style in that it contains more elaborate blending and shading gradations with a more extensive color palette. 
With new school, it’s all about free-styling. New school steers away from traditionalism; it’s all unique patterns and custom ideas. It's almost a combination of hip-hop and graffiti styles: jagged edges and bubbly lettering. With new techniques on the rise, modern equipment, and advances in the industry, the new school style is becoming more and more influential.

Neo Traditional

This colorful style that stays away from black outlines or heavy lines; so there's no distraction from the softness this style creates in a piece. Water color is still considered a new style, it's been around for the last 5-10 years. To do a truly perfect watercolor piece, you need to have some black ink within the base of the tattoo so that the piece will hold up over time. On it's own, the softer colors can tend to fade out or soften a bit too much around the edges, making it harder to see or really show up on the skin.
When completed,  it can resemble a painting more than a tattoo.
Sacred geometry tattoos are spiritual in nature and have a religious significance. It has many motifs, one being the very popular, Flower of Life or another variation, Metatron's Cube (based off the original Flower of Life). The nautilus shell, Ouroborus and Mandala, are also part of this group.
Mathematical patterns, dot-work, beading style accents, and hints of color, are also found in this incredibly detailed and delicate style.