Tattoos for the Long Run
Updated: Dec 8, 2022
So as you, and all my many,many fans(I don’t really have any, I’m just kidding T-T…) may have noticed, this blog has taken on a more informative turn.
It’s amazing the amount of knowledge needed to acquire in order to create successful tattoos, and as I am constantly learning and gathering more information, I wanted to share bits and pieces with you guys, that may help with your decision on getting a tattoo.
For instance, the different styles of tattoos and which styles will stand the test of time.
With the rise in popularity of watercolor tattoos, I’ve always heard that they never last, and will turn into an indiscernible blob of colors. However, different techniques can be used in order to achieve a longer lasting watercolor piece.
The reason why everyone insists on black outlines for longevity is due to the chemical makeup of the ink. Black ink is carbon based, while colors are pigment based. Carbon-based black ink, when applied as an outline, acts as a dam, preventing the color from spreading out and thinning. Whereas color pigment is more easily broken down by your skin cells, and some lighter colors fade faster. That’s why tattoos with outlines are able to keep their vibrancy for years to come.
However, if you’re still insistent on getting that watercolor look, make sure to be open to ideas and suggestions from your artist, and using some black as a base, to act as a skeleton for your piece. Also be open to the size and placement of your tattoo, so that you have enough room in order for the artist to achieve the blends for the watercolor effect.
Also keep in mind that how you protect and care for your tattoo is one of the biggest factors in the health of your artwork- it’s not just up to the artist, but also the client.
Personally, I think you should get whatever style you want, just be knowledgeable of the pros and cons that come with these trends, so you can make an informed decision.
Thank you for reading!