A new tattoo style has become increasingly popular these days, being heavily promoted online: watercolor tattoos, a combination between watercolor painting and tattooing. Basically, a watercolor tattoo is just a simulation of watercolor artwork and the style is the only thing different from a “classic” tattoo. The tattoo process remains the same, same techniques and tools are used but the focus is on simulating the watercolor effect. The watercolor style is created using splatters, blurs, shades. There are no defined shapes and no outlines, watercolor tattoos allowing the artist to take on a different approach to the “traditional” tattoo.

A real concern about watercolor tattoos is whether the ink of the tattoo will last, considering that there is no real pattern to the ink, no defined lines.  The answers coming from the tattoo artists say that it depends on line work, color saturation, design balance, proper anatomy. And is true that a traditional tattoo will outlast a watercolor one, but eventually even the traditional tattoo will need a touch up as well. No matter what tattoo you want, you’ll probably have to get it “touched up”. With watercolor tattoos, however, you’ll probably just want to get them touched up sooner.

With pros and cons, watercolor tattoos are  beautiful, unique and permanent pieces of body art. If this is the tattoo style you want, it`s important to choose your artist very carefully. Check out the gallery bellow, you can see a few examples of well-done, cool looking watercolor tattoos:

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