Watercolor tattoos are tattoos that are designed to resemble a watercolor painting. Soft but bright colors are used and blurred, blended, faded, and shaded to mimic this painting style. Paint splatters and drips are also sometimes part of a watercolor tattoo.Â Unlike traditional tattoos, watercolor tattoos typically don’t include black outlines. If a black outline is used, it’s generally made to look like a pen sketch line to fit in better with the style of the tattoo.
Feelings on watercolor tattoos are mixed. Some body art fanatics love the style, while others dislike it. A watercolor tattoo, especially the lighter parts of a tattoo, are more subject to fading. If you’re in love with the idea of watercolor tattoos, though, don’t let the fear of fading ink stop you. All tattoos fade to some degree; more frequent touchups may be required with a watercolor tattoo design though. On the other hand, not all watercolor tattoos fade to the point that they need touched up. In fact, some watercolor tattoos age very well!
Ready to get inked with a watercolor tattoo? Check out these watercolor tattoo designs for a little inspiration!
1. Watercolor Quote Tattoo
A colorful watercolor tattoo design makes an excellent background for a meaningful or fun quote.
It’s important to choose an experienced tattoo artist when you get any tattoo. However, choosing the right tattoo artist is especially important when you’re planning on getting a watercolor tattoo! Make sure you choose an artist that has experience with watercolor tattoos. Ask to see examples of previous work to get an idea of his or her style. After getting your watercolor tattoo, properly caring for your tattoo an help prevent fading and put off needing touchups. Sunlight is one of a watercolor tattoo’s worst enemies. Always keep your tattoo covered or slather it with high SPF sunscreen.