One of the popular tattoo trends of 2016 that will most likely continue into 2017 is watercolor tattoos. These are also known as painted tattoos and realism tattoos. They feature a lack of the traditional black lines and more shading or gradients within the tattoo. They also tend to feature bright, whimsical colors and designs. While watercolor tattoos can look amazing when applied correctly, it is important to realize that this type of tattoo may be more vulnerable to bleeding and fading over time. Below are some tips for making your watercolor tattoo look great for longer.
Work With an Experienced Tattoo Artist
Watercolor tattoos involve drastically different techniques than traditional tattoos. Your artist needs to know how to fade and blend colors on the skin and how to work without an outline. For this reason, it is important to find a tattoo artist who is experienced with watercolor tattoos. You should ask to see specific examples of previous watercolor tattoos and work with an artist who tends to specialize in the style of tattoo you want.
Avoid Getting Too Complicated
Because watercolor tattoos do not have the thick, black lines meant to separate color, they are more prone to bleeding over time. For this reason, you will want to keep your tattoo design relatively simple. Consider using only a few colors and simple shapes or objects. For example, a single flower will usually look better than an entire vase of flowers. Using plenty of white space in your design will give your tattoo room to bleed over time without making it look splotchy.
Be Prepared for Frequent Touch-Ups
All tattoos will fade over time and may require touch-ups in order to look their best. With watercolor tattoos, you may need more frequent touch-ups than you would with traditional tattoos. You should go in for a consultation after your tattoo has fully healed and ask if you need an initial touch-up. After that, you should assess the color, saturation, and bleed of your tattoo every few years.
Make Sure to Protect Your Tattoo from Sun Damage
Because watercolor tattoos use less-saturated ink than traditional tattoos, they are likely to fade more quickly. To prevent this, you should practice excellent tattoo hygiene, which includes protecting your tattoo from sun damage. You should cover your tattoo with clothing as often as possible. If the tattoo is exposed to sunlight, make sure to apply sunscreen to the area regularly.