Keeping in mind that the body part you want to ink is very important, the decision between a black or a color tattoo is the really big one these days.
Why? A black ink tattoo might rezist longer in time, but a nice color tattoo is more catchy and can express much more.
Colors are powerful and every artist can tell you that without thinking.
The right choice of colors for a tattoo can make a regular piece of painting into an impressive work of art. Come on! You know colors are an important part of our lives, you know what we are talking about.
So, even it is a tiny minimal tattoo, or a full back tattoo, you can at least try to add some colors to the design and see what does it look like.
Tattoos have long been considered an act of rebellion, and something more appropriate for people on the fringes of society. More recently, they’re moving into the fine art space.
This is due to a combination of mainstream exposure and gorgeous new color tattoo techniques. As tattoo art becomes more personalized and creative, many people have opened their minds to tattoos as an art form.
While tattoos in America have trended toward pre-designed “flash” pieces in the past, now tattoo clients will spend extra time with their artists as they design the perfect custom piece.
There have been so many innovative strides made in terms of style, particularly in the world of color tattoos. Artists are now reaching into tattoo art’s past, as well as experimenting with new ways of creating art on the skin.
This trend toward personalized, unique designs has popularized many beautiful techniques; Including watercolor tattoos and even embroidery inspired looks.
Are you asking yourself whether you should get a color tattoo, or stick to traditional black and grey? Let’s take a deep dive into color tattoos and give you the skinny on what to expect, what to look out for, and what styles you have to choose from.
A color tattoo will take longer to complete than a black and grey design, because the process is more intricate and involved.
The more vibrant hues you choose for your color tattoo, the more time you’ll be spending in that chair. Every time your tattoo artist has to switch colors, they have to clean out the machine.
This is so you won’t see any bleeding or murkiness in other parts of your color tattoo.
Naturally, because color tattoos take longer than black and grey tattoos to complete, they cost more. Most tattoo artists will give you a quote based on their hourly rate, and for good reason!
Tattooing is intense work that involves a lot of focus, eye strain, and maintaining one position for hours at a time. If you want a quality color tattoo, don’t be surprised when you’re expected to pay handsomely for it.
Some colors will last longer than others on the skin. Any tattoo will fade with time. Tattoo needles deposit ink deep below the surface of the skin, but our bodies are living, breathing organic things.
Eventually as your body grows, changes, and ages, you will see your fresh color tattoo becoming less vibrant. Black and grey tattoos are not immune to fading, but it is much less noticeable when they do.
Tattoos are also vulnerable to sun exposure, as with anything else. Ever take down a painting you’ve had on the wall for years, only to realize there’s a perfect patch of faded ink where the sun used to hit it?
Because bright colors have less pigment, they fade faster. So take good care of your color tattoo, but understand that it’s going to lose some of its sparkle over time.
That said, because color tattoos are less permanent in terms of saturation, they are easier to cover up.
If you realize post-tattoo your ink was a mistake- you don’t have to go through the painful and expensive process of tattoo removal if you don’t want to.
A creative and experienced artist will be able to create a cover up that suits who you are today and how you want to express yourself.
When choosing shades for your color tattoo keep your skin tone in mind. It’s not impossible to rock a color tattoo as a person of color, but you’ll have to find an artist who knows how to make your art look its best.
Dark skin takes tattoo ink just as well as lighter skin, but undertones must be taken into account.
A skilled artist will be able to use their client’s undertones (warm, cool) to their advantage, using colors that compliment those undertones.
Color tattoos can look stunning on dark skin tones, but not every artist has taken the time to study these techniques, so get on Instagram and find the artist for you!
Also sometimes referred to as “Sailor Jerry” tattoos, these designs have characteristically bold lines and simple color palettes, often using saturated shades of red and gold.
In traditional tattoos you may see sailor imagery such as anchors, diving swallows, or ships. Traditional color tattoos often depict hearts with name banners for the people you love, or silhouetted faces with exaggerated features.
A hotly debated topic in the tattoo world, watercolor tattoos are striking and very popular with millenials. Many water color tattoos feature a faint outline with splashes of color that “bleed” outside the lines, the way they would in a watercolor painting.
Tattoo die hards are skeptical of these designs, saying that they will not stand the test of time. As some of the lighter colors fade, the design may look much different than it was originally intended.
That said, if your artist is skilled in layering color and you take great care of your piece, you may enjoy your watercolor tattoo for a lifetime! All tattoos require some upkeep, but fading can be a beautiful part of the process as your design ages with you.
Here is a gallery of our favorite color tattoos to give you some ideas for your next consultation!
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