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Black and Gray:

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. Typically, black-and-gray tattoo work is produced by diluting the black ink with distilled water in varying proportions to create a "wash" that results in lighter shades. Gray shades can also be produced by mixing small amounts of black ink with white ink, which produces a thicker but brighter result and requires a slower application. Shading is typically an important component for these types of tattoos as they will fade over a period of years without strong black tones, which provide contrast and allows the tattoo to stand out. Subtle kinds of shading in black-and-gray are considered to require a high level of skill and illustrates professionalism in the industry. Highlights are often added using white. White ink can also be used to smooth out sharp transitions between the different shades.

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