Color Tattoos on Dark Skin

Color Tattoos on Dark Skin

What Colors Can Be Tattooed on Dark Skin?

A lot people think people with darker skin tones can't get color tattoos, and this is completely false. Parker says this is a blanket statement that’s gained traction because of the lack of skill of many tattoo artists. “A lot of artists are like, ‘Oh, I’ve tried it before and it just didn’t look right, so it must not work,’” says Parker. “It’s actually not the skin that’s the problem—it’s the artist. They don’t understand skin and tattooing.”

Do People With Darker Skin Tones Scar Easily From Tattoos?

Nope. The scarring issue has more to do with the overcompensation of artists when tattooing dark-skinned clients than the skin tone itself. Some artists have a tendency to run their machines higher (again, under the guise that they have “tougher skin”), which causes some major (and unnecessary) damage. “It’s not that the tattoo won’t heal well, it’s that you’re not applying it in a way that allows it to heal well,” says Snax.

Do Tattoo Colors Show up on Dark Skin?

It’s often said that color tattoos don’t work on darker skin, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The best way to think about it is that the color of your skin is a tint, not a canvas, says Arizona-based tattoo artist Anthony Michaels. Whatever color your skin is, is going to dilute the color of the ink that’s put into your skin. “Depending on your complexion, if you put color in there, it’s not going to stay that color.” he says. For darker skin tones, this means that the colors are more likely to end up muted than lighter tones.

Is Black Skin Harder to Tattoo?

Another common myth about tattooing darker skin tones is that it’s more difficult because the skin is thicker or tougher. Not true, says Michaels, and actually comes from artists who don’t know “how to properly design tattoos for darker skin,” In fact, he says, dark skin is often “softer” and while it can be tricky to see ink on especially dark skin during the tattooing process, it can also be “significantly less work and less demanding” on the artist. “The darker I am, the less ink I need for details to be visible,” he says. He does note, however, that larger designs tend to be better to allow distance between the shadows and highlights (the dark ink and the skin) to make the piece pop. (Source: www.menshealth.com)



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