Watercolor tattoos have been taking the Internet by storm. Designed to look like abstract art or a watercolor painting, these tattoos have been a rising trend for the last five years. Watercolor tattooing is a specialized skill and one that many tattoo artists are not equipped to do. When done correctly, watercolor tattoos look incredible, but there are some things to think about before jumping on the watercolor tattoo bandwagon.
Lack of black ink
More often than not, watercolor tattoos lack the black ink outlines that traditional tattoos contain. Black ink contains carbon and, as the tattoo settles into the skin, this acts as a barrier to hold in the colored ink. Without the black ink barrier, there is a concern that watercolor tattoos will “bleed” and the once vibrant tattoo will become blurred.
The lack of black ink may mean that the tattoo will fade faster with time. Tattoos naturally fade a little bit over time. If you look at a picture of a tattoo that has aged over a long period of time, you will notice that the black lines appear more smudged. This is due to aging. Most of the colors in watercolor tattoos are light wash colors and there is concern among tattoo artists that fading may occur faster with a watercolor tattoo. Some watercolor tattoo artists suggest utilizing black lines within watercolor tattoos to combat increased fading and color bleeding.
What does this mean for laser tattoo removal?
As laser tattoo removal experts, we always caution against getting a tattoo because it is trendy. With any tattoo trend comes copycats and with copycats runs the risk of bad tattoos. We want you to love your tattoo and so we recommend putting a lot of thought into the design you plan to get.
It is hard to say if watercolor tattoos will be easier to remove than traditional tattoos. The lack of black ink may mean that a watercolor tattoo fades faster. The black outline is usually the last to disappear because of the ink density. Watercolor tattoos may have a high ink density throughout the tattoo and may take more treatments to remove.
Are you ready to make the step to begin your laser tattoo removal journey? If so, contact us for your free consultation today.