Beautiful Blackwork Tattoos by Polish Artist Uls Metzger

Blackwork Tattoos by Uls Metzger

An hour into my Instagram feed I had a blackwork-induced epiphany. A certain artist’s work had caught my eye and I instantly forgot about the surrealist watercolor works I had been ogling over for the majority of the morning. I came to realize that while undeniably exciting, color tattoos just weren’t going to be part of my immediate future. I owe this minor revelation to the work of Polish tattooer Uls Metzger.

Metzger has a way about his work that few other artists can claim. His portfolio consists mostly of dot and linework but each piece has a distinct subtly about it that can only be described as simply divine. Each piece has a softness to it that’s reminiscent of an 18th century line engraving.

We recently had a chance to talk to Uls via email and he was kind enough to answer a few questions.

I see that most of your work is in black and grey, do you do color work or is black ink just too raw?

I made a few color tattoos but I like black the most.

You seem to favor the dotwork technique, how did you get into this particular style of design?

I actually do raw linework and other stuff often too. I think it correspondents with themes I like and it’s a natural continuation of what I did on paper before I started tattooing.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a tattoo artist?

Around the age of 14.

If any, what’s the best perk associated with your job?

Possibility of traveling.

Do you collect anything?

I like skulls, old books and vintage cameras.

What’s the oddest request you’ve ever had?

“The design is ok, but could you make it uglier?” I really loved it.

If I was coming into your shop to get some work done, what’s the one question I should never ask you. 

“Any idea how to solve Hilbert’s 16th problem?”

Do you have any tattoos?

Yes I do and I want more.


You can find Uls on Instagram, and Tumblr.

Holding Hand tattoo by Uls Metzger

Mushroom Tattoo by Uls Metzger

Heart and Face Tattoo by Uls Metzger


Whale Tattoo by Uls Metzger

Trees Tattoo by Uls Metzger

UFO Tattoo by Uls Metzger

Nature Tattoo by Uls Metzger

Dotwork Lighthouse Tattoo by Uls Metzger