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Common Watercolour Tattoo Questions and Answers

Common Watercolour Tattoo Questions and Answers

Watercolour tattoos are among those styles of tattoos making a real splash in the industry. They can provide any tattoo design with a vibrant array of colours that mimic the effect of a watercolour painting. From subtle accents, to a bold wash of colour, watercolour tattoo’s can accomplish what other styles cannot. As more individuals are introduced to this unique style, we’re seeing more questions emerge about this type of tattoo. Some tattoo artists will argue that this watercolour effect is a waste of time. Others encourage customers to add this effect to their ink. This guide will walk you through some of the most commonly asked questions about watercolour tattoos and some facts about them to set the record straight. Watercolour Tattoo - Bluejay and Fox

What Are Watercolour Tattoos?

Traditional tattoos have areas of solid colours that are usually outlined in a border. Watercolour tattoos are done with gradual colouring without using borders. The colouring is less pronounced and gives the desired effect of a traditional watercolour painting. This watercolour effect can be added later to an already existing tattoo. Sometimes old ink can take on a new life by adding a splash of colour.

This doesn’t mean watercolour should only be used as an accent colour. Tattoo artists adopt different techniques in order to create assorted effects. Some techniques include blurs, fades, shades, bleeds, and runs. Watercolour tattoos are designed to look like paint splatters. In some cases, the tattoo even resembles actual watercolour paintings.

What Tools Are Used To Create Watercolour Tattoos?

Watercolour tattoos are created in the same way as traditional tattoos. An artist uses the same tools and inks to create a watercolour effect. The main difference between watercolour and regular colouring is found in the technique. The process of shading and colouring a watercolour tattoo is more gradual. Where the tools don’t vary, the artists do. It’s important to find a tattoo artist who is skilled in this style of art. Make sure your artist is someone you trust who can provide examples and photos of their past work.

Will Watercolour Tattoos Fade?

Some watercolour tattoo critics think this style of tattooing fades quickly. They argue that watercolour tattoos are primarily made up of soft colours. It’s true that softer colours fade faster, but that doesn’t mean your watercolour will. It’s only a matter of finding a skilled artist who has mastered the watercolour effect. An experienced professional will be able to create artwork on your skin that will last for years. All Tattoos will fade over time. As you grow new skin over your ink it will cause it to fade. Watercolour tattoos are no different. Before getting any tattoo you should consider that it is an investment. Any tattoo is going to take some upkeep. If you notice your ink is starting to fade, it’s time for a touch-up.

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How Do I Prevent My Watercolour Tattoo From Fading?

Your tattoo is going to fade over time, but there are things you can do to slow this process down. A few simple steps to keep your ink looking good are:

Pick the right artist

Make sure you find the right person for the job. Someone with years of experience is your preferred professional. They should be able to provide quality work that will last.

Use sunblock

The sun is a tattoo’s worst enemy. Exposing your ink to sunlight will cause fading and damage to the skin. If you’re at the beach and want to show off your tattoo you should use a strong SPF sunblock to keep your tattoo safe.

Limit Rubbing

Consider areas that rub when deciding where you want your watercolour tattoo. Constant friction can cause your tattoo to fade. You will want to avoid putting watercolour where frequent rubbing takes place.

Moisturize Often

Keep your skin healthy and fit with a good diet and skincare. You don’t want your skin to dry out or flake. Invest in a good tattoo lotion to keep your ink looking healthy and fresh.

Ready to get your next Watercolour Tattoo?

Now that you know a little more about watercolour tattoos, what are you waiting for? Tattoos are a form of expression that can convey important thoughts or emotions in your life. A tattoo can tell a story or just display beauty to those around you.

If you have other questions feel free to stop into our Toronto, Mississauga, or Kisilano Vancouver location for a consultation today.

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