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When it comes to the specific details of watercolor tattooing, these designs lack the black outline of traditional tattoos. The black shades would probably fade away the beauty of vibrant colors, so artists prefer to avoid it. (Source: www.savedtattoo.com)
Watercolor tattoos have become increasingly popular, especially in the past few years, as a more pronounced blending of tattoo art with more classic art has been seen. This aesthetically-pleasing tattoo style greatly resembles free form watercolor paintings, with bright colors and abstract inspirations. But before you go running to make your artsy tattoo dreams a reality, there are some things you should know about this ethereal style that took the body inking world by storm.
As NYC-based tattoo artist Amanda Wac hob explains it, a watercolor tattoo lacks the black outline of traditional tattoos, in order to highlight and emphasize the color in a design. The result? A tattoo that looks much more realistic and less cartoon-like. But even within the style of watercolor tattoos, you've got different sub-genres to choose from. "Some artists are more expressive with their work, adding brush strokes and color splashes and sketchy lines," says NYC-based tattoo artist Bryan Gutierrez. "Others do a more refined look, using more pastel and muted-down colors to make it look softer, like a real watercolor painting."
Ah, yes. The million-dollar question of how watercolor tattoos age, and if they fade or blur over time. So what's the consensus? Gutierrez and Wac hob agree: All tattoos will fade and age. "Time marches on regardless of the style of tattoo or the color in it, and tattoos with black outlines don’t stop the aging process of a human being," Wachob says. "Black tattoos get thick, gray, and fuzzy, while colored tattoos will lighten and soften over time." (Source: www.cosmopolitan.com)
If there is a trend that has taken off in the last five years in body modification, the watercolor tattoo would be it. This is a style of tattooing named after its mimicry of the free form and diaphanous quality of the actual painting method. Watercolor tattoos thus stand out against most other tattoo styles, which tend to boast strong, dark lines. Attractive as they are, though, they have also received some criticism: some claim they cannot hold up as well as other tattoos over time, others that the term is far too often used by tattooists inexperienced in the style. Whatever the case, you should learn more about watercolor tattooing before you make up your own mind about getting or not getting one. (Source: www.wildtattooart.com)