Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoos and What You Need To Know

Some tattoo trends come and go (we’re looking at you, white ink), but others only evolve and become more expressive as time goes on. If there’s anything we’ve learned from some of the most popular design styles and requests in 2018, it’s that watercolor isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

As popular as watercolor style tattoos have become, there are still plenty of lingering questions about this particular technique.

What do watercolor tattoos look like after they’ve healed and how long do they last?

We’ve got the answers you’re looking for.


What Does a Watercolor Style Tattoo Look Like?

When it comes to watercolor tattoos, the sky is literally the limit in terms of how you can apply this style to your tattoo design.

While some watercolor tattoos embrace large sweeps of color, mimicking a more traditional looking “brush stroke”, you don’t need a full artist’s palette of color to channel the energy of this style. Some tattoo artists include more subtle lines of color over the outline of the tattoo base to imbue a piece with vibrant, strategic pops of color instead.

Still, if you want to go all out, some tattoo artists let the watercolor style form the shape and detail of the entire piece, creating flowers, animals, and other symbols entirely out of their color strokes.

What To Expect After A Watercolor Tattoo Has Healed

One of the most common questions we get about watercolor tattoos is simple: what do they look like after they’ve healed?

While it’s entirely possible to have a bad watercolor tattoo if your artist isn’t familiar with the technique or doesn’t take care to color map the finished the design, watercolor style tattoos are just like anything else.

Lighter colors are more likely to fade over time, but an experienced tattoo artist can help avoid this by creating a darker base for your design or a dark watercolor tattoo. The presence of black or deeper colors will help maintain the contrast and vibrancy for longer.

Read our tattoo aftercare guide for more information on how to treat and care for fresh tattoos.


How To Avoid A Bad Watercolor Tattoo

The watercolor style tattoo may be popular, but it’s still a fairly new trend. Avoiding a bad watercolor tattoo means making sure you’ve researched an experienced tattoo artist, someone who’s familiar with the style and has plenty of experience working with the kinds of colors you’re expecting.

You can also help your watercolor tattoo from fading by keeping it out of direct sunlight as much as possible and moisturizing the skin on a regular basis.

All tattoos fade eventually, and constant exposure to the sun will only expedite the process. For watercolor style tattoos especially, you may even want to think about placing it on an area of your body that doesn’t get too much direct sunlight.

If you’re ready to talk to an experienced, professional tattoo artist about whether the watercolor style is right for you or the design you have in mind, let’s chat about it.

Fill out our consultation form today and a member of our team will reach out to you to schedule an appointment for your next tattoo!



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