Introduction to Black and Grey

with Dean Deakyne

Chapter List


In this demonstration, Dean Deakyne takes you through the steps necessary to create a black & grey tattoo. Dean shows how to take a simple graphic and add your own dynamic flare to the design. He then demonstrates the different ways to make a stencil that can be applied to the skin. With an in-depth overview of all the equipment needed for the tattoo procedure, he explains how to properly set up a sanitary tattoo station. Dean then shows the proper way to set up black pigment for different consistencies of grey wash. During the outlining process, he covers a variety of line work from black line and grey line to blood lining. He then continues with his techniques for shading using different consistencies of grey wash to give the work a smooth airbrushed look. This educational title is packed with information that will help get beginning tattoo artists over the hurdles that they often face in the early stages of black & grey tattoo work.

Duration: 85 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Chapter List

  • 00. Preview
  • 01. Introduction
  • 02. Drawing
  • 03. Stencil Making
  • 04. Station Set up
  • 05. Tattoo Animation
  • 06. Stencil Application
  • 07. Grey Wash
  • 08. Outline
  • 09. Shading
  • 10. Closing Statements


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Dean Deakyne

Tattoo Artist

Starting in 1982, Dean Deakyne has been tattooing for over two decades. Early in his career he was heavily involved in the tattoo circuit which led to a rapid advancement of his skills. He eventually moved to Southern California and opened two tattoo studios (Sick & Twisted Productions and Orange County Ink). Deciding to further advance his art, he left the studios to pursue new artistic endeavors at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Dean has won numerous international tattoo awards and has been featured in newspapers, television and magazines world-wide.

  • "I so wish that Dean Deakyne's instructional tutorials had been available when I first picked up a tattoo machine. As I've been a professional fine artist for many years, I decided to try tattooing on my own, thinking...."I can draw and paint, how hard can it be to tattoo?" I soon found out that without any guidance, it was very hard indeed. Then I had the breakthrough experience of watching Dean's tutorials. Dean actually tattoos the pieces while you watch and narrates step by step, so there's no guesswork about what he's doing. Every basic question I had previously (and many advanced ones, as well) were answered, from artistic to practical."

    - Leah Overbey