My last cat before Toby was a smoke tabby, although his stripes were very subtle. He looked completely black but each hair was white at the base, and his skin was gray. So he looked like a white cat who’d been dyed black and the white roots were showing.
Freya looks like the exact opposite of my mom’s last cat. Ticky was the blackest black cat I have ever known. Black hair(not even 1 stray non black hair), black whiskers and even black skin. Her skin was so black it covered everything from her South exit all the way up into her gum line.