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Grey Wash Tattoo Ink: Everything You Need to Know


Grey wash tattoo designs are one of the most popular ink styles around—and for good reason! They look amazing, and black and grey tattoos have a certain level of sophistication that colour tattoos sometimes can't quite replicate. In this blog post, we'll discuss everything you need to know about grey wash tattoo ink.


Intricate grey wash tattoo with an eye and clock design

Impressive grey wash tattoo design by Sponsored Artist, Ladislav Hacel (@hacelladislav)


We'll talk about the different types of ink sets available as well as how to mix your own if you're feeling adventurous. If you are looking to buy the best grey wash tattoo ink check out our range of grey wash sets, or stay to the end where we mention a few of our favourites.

Grey wash tattoo ink is a special type of black and grey ink that is used to create a 'shaded' effect in tattoos. Grey wash tattoo ink is most commonly used in black and grey tattoos, as it helps to create a softer, more gradient-like appearance that looks more natural than solid black ink.


Grey wash tattoo sleeve with an Egyptian theme

Grey wash tattoo sleeve by Sponsored Artist, Adam Hawkes (@adamhawkestattoo)


There are two main types of grey wash tattoo ink available: pre-mixed grey wash sets or you can learn how to make grey wash tattoo ink yourself. Pre-mixed grey wash inks are, as the name suggests, ready to use straight out of the bottle. This is the easiest and most convenient option for those who are new to black and grey tattooing, or don't have the time to mix their own inks. Mixing your own grey wash inks however can be a good option for those wanting more control over the final outcome of the tattoo. 


Black and grey cherub tattoo

Black and grey cherub tattoo by Sponsored Artist, Troy Tuck (@troytucktattoo)


If you're feeling adventurous and want to try mixing your own grey wash tattoo ink, start by diluting black tattoo ink with solutions such as distilled water or witch hazel. By making your very own custom grey wash ink, you can experiment with different ratios until you find the perfect shade. However, you will need to remember the exact ratio that you used if you need to recreate the blend at a later date.

Empire 4 stage greywash tattoo ink


We stock some of the best grey wash tattoo ink in a range of sizes to suit your needs. Some of our favourites include the 4 Stage Greywash Set from Empire Inks as well as the impressive Victor Portugal Shading Set, which even comes in its own signature tin.

Victor Portugal shading set with black and grey tattoo inks

So there you have it—everything you need to know about grey wash tattoo ink! Whether you're thinking about getting a black and grey tattoo, or you're already an experienced artist, we hope this blog has been helpful. 

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  • Sarah Crookes