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[Pics] Black Women Share Tattoo Pics Under #BlackInkRocks to Dispel the Notion that Ink Isn’t Appropriate for Black Skin

Avatar • Oct 17, 2016

When it comes to tattooing black skin, the stereotypes abound. From the idea that heavy tattooing is not a ‘black’ thing, to the belief that ink won’t show up on brown skin.

In a bid to debunk these stereotypes that exist both within and outside of the black community, Afropunk made a call for black folks to share their tattoo pics under the tag #blackinkrocks.

Tattoos are a powerful means of communal and self-expression. Since ancient times we have used tattoos to tell our stories and the stories of our ancestors. From rockers to everyday people we use tattoos to celebrate and empower ourselves.” 

And the images are absolutely gorgeous.

Beautiful! We are really excited to see more black women share their photos under the hashtag! Check out more from the hashtag here.

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Bea
Bea
4 years ago

These are great. Wish there were dark skin tone examples though.

deyna
deyna
4 years ago
Reply to  Bea

I agree! That was what I hoping to see, although, the first photo is a dark skin tone.

LBell
LBell
4 years ago

When I got my (one and still only) tattoo 17 years ago I was told that because I was dark-skinned, the only ink color that would show up was black. I was and still am fine with that because there’s SO much great black (as in ink) work out here BUT if anyone ever invents a glow in the dark (glow on the dark-skinned person) ink, let me know. 🙂

Akwele
Akwele
4 years ago
Reply to  LBell

a white tattoo glows in uv light

Interested
Interested
4 years ago
Reply to  LBell

There are white tattoos.

LBell
LBell
4 years ago
Reply to  Interested

I literally just found out about those TODAY. 🙂 It seems they’re tricky to do, though.

Skeewee
Skeewee
4 years ago

When did it become a myth that Blk ppl’s tats don’t show up?? Blks have always gotten tats and from what I’ve seen, tat more frequently than other other ethnic groups.

Jack
Jack
4 years ago
Reply to  Skeewee

Ive seen dark skin people with black ink and colored ink tattoos and they didn’t show up that well or were barely noticible. I think the difference skin tone or color being tattooed is going to show color differently. I don’t know know whether that is because of the ink use or the skill of the tattoo artist, but I do notice difference in visibility between tattooed dark and light skin.

kalexa1
kalexa1
4 years ago
Reply to  Jack

Exactly. Common sense alone tells us that.

Interested
Interested
4 years ago

Quite like tattoos but they just don’t work on dark black skin. I’d like to be proven wrong.

Audrey kadi-bonde
Audrey kadi-bonde
4 years ago
Reply to  Interested

You are wrong

Interested
Interested
4 years ago

That statement was a waste of time in the absence of proof.

Audrey kadi-bonde
Audrey kadi-bonde
4 years ago

It’s not about tattoos not showing on dark skin it’s about the artist knowing which shades work with which skin tones as well as which designs enhance the colour. I have seen amazing work done on dark skin and equally awful work on light to pale skin.

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