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Get Sketchy! Imprint Your Ideas with a Distinct Sketch Tattoo

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Edgy and unique, Sketch tattoo style brings art to life with different lines and intricate designs. It is inspired by traditional fine art sketches and drawings, creating an appealing piece that is both creative and meaningful. For a more delicate look, a composition of thin lines and shapes composes a unique look that can be both beautiful and eye-catching.


Unlike many other types of tattoos, sketch tattoos are characterised by their raw, unfinished appearance, which gives them an artistic feel rather than a “tattooed” look. The use of black ink and minimal shading, to create an image or design, makes it looks like it was drawn with a pencil or pen. Moreover, they are created with a freehand technique, meaning that every design is completely unique. Watercolour and other colourful shading can integrate the composition creating even more visually appealing designs.

What Sets Sketch Tattoos Apart?

Sketch tattoos are unique in that they draw on the aesthetics of both traditional and modern art forms:

Design of a bird made in sketch tattoo design style
Sketch bird design

  • The black-and-white outlines recall classic pen-and-ink drawings while the vibrant colours bring to mind contemporary street art.

  • They also have an unfinished aspect that gives each piece an edgy, almost three-dimensional feel.

This combination of styles makes them eye-catching and visually striking, perfect for anyone looking to make a bold statement with their body art.

I prefer more delicate designs. Can Sketch tattoos have a delicate look?

Sketch and delicate tattoo design of a flower
Sketch delicate tattoo

Absolutely! The most distinctive feature of delicate sketch tattoos is the use of thin lines and minimal shading to create intricate designs. Unlike traditional tattoos, which tend to be heavy-handed with their ink, delicate sketch tattoos are more subtle in their approach. They rely on the artist's skilful application of various techniques such as pointillism, stippling, hatching, and scribbling to bring out the details in the design. This gives them a unique look that you won't find in other styles of tattooing.

Sketches tend to look more natural on the skin because the thin lines blend seamlessly into the body. Additionally, these types of tattoos require less ink than traditional designs, which means they heal faster with less visible scabbing or peeling. Plus, since there isn’t as much detail and filling-in involved in sketch-style tattoo art, it typically requires fewer sessions than other styles or even be completed in one session without taking too long or being overly painful—which makes them perfect for people who want a beautiful piece but prefer not to have multiple appointments.

The Process

When bringing a sketch tattoo vision to life, Sol works closely with the clients to ensure they get exactly what they want.

Sketch design of a tree to be tattooed
Sketch design of tree

First, she will schedule a consultation with them to talk and discuss their desired design and any ideas they have for it. She will discuss colour options as well as the placement and size of

the piece, and any story or meaning behind the idea before beginning the designing process.

Once all details are finalised, Sol will start creating your exclusive piece of art.

On the day of your session, you’ll meet your new body art and if there are any adjustments to be made, that’s the time to bring it up and have it tailored until you’re happy with how it looks!

If you're looking for inspiration, you'll find plenty on Sol’s Instagram and also on the Flashes page, it is full of creative ideas ranging from traditional sketches to more modern designs. Often, there are flashes available, and you are more than welcome to contact Sol and discuss your ideas. She will listen to you and create a unique piece for you.

From consultation to completion, Sol will take care of everything so that you can walk away with an amazing new piece that reflects your personality and tells your story.

Whether you already have an idea or need help coming up with one from scratch, book an online consultation with Sol and see what magic she can create for you!

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