Watercolour Tattoos

Watercolour tattoos and watercolour style ink is still relatively new in the tattoo industry but has quickly become popular due to the unique look. They usually have characteristics similar to watercolour paintings (hence the name!) and look completely different to traditional tattoos. Some tattoo artists however, merge traditional tattoo styles with watercolour concepts. 

Even though watercolour tattoos are created using the same tools and inks as regular colour tattoos, the styles and techniques of shading and colouring differ. Watercolour tattoos tend to have no solid outlines and have gradual colouring rather than areas of solid colour. They also require exact precision and strong artistic ability to produce a tattoo design that is full of colour with less black lines than your usual body art. The watercolour designs are much more fragile and elegant compared to contemporary tattoo art. 

Almost any image can be turned into a watercolour tattoo but flowers and animals are extremely popular when it comes to watercolour art, with many designs being sentimental. Watercolour designs stand out from usual tattoo ideas as they have splashes of vibrant colour that look similar to paint splatters mixed in with the light tones. More abstract concepts look like brushstrokes of paint or pastel on areas of skin. These techniques are what makes the watercolour style so easily identifiable. 

How well do they last?

All tattoos naturally fade over time, and sometimes need adding to. However, there is a lot of debate with how quickly watercolour tattoos fade. Some artists argue that they are not robust enough to stand the test of time compared to traditional tattoos with predominantly black ink due to their soft colours. So, tattoo artists have come up with a good solution to make them stay eye-catching by starting with a black base layer to create depth in contrast. This means even if the watercolour tattoos fade, there is still a skeleton underneath that keeps the watercolour designs distinctive. 

Due to this style of tattoo not being around for that long, it is hard to have a lot of knowledge about how well they age yet.

Getting a watercolour tattoo 

We’d advise finding a tattoo artist who specialises in watercolour art and has lots of experience. Look through their past work, see if they are used to linework instead of shading, and how well they blend colours together. 

If you are determined about getting a watercolour tattoo, but worried about it fading, research how to look after your tattoo. For example, avoid direct sunlight and wear SPF to protect your works of art.

Using TKTX Before a Watercolour Tattoo 

Although there are differences with watercolour tattoos and they use less ink than traditional tattoos, the pain of getting tattooed remains the same! Official TKTX numbing cream is here to take the pain away. As long as you apply the cream correctly, it should completely numb the area of skin.

Our selection of Official TKTX numbing creams range in strength and depth to suit you depending on your skin type, length of your session and pain tolerance. For tattoos, the Official TKTX yellow numbing cream is the best option as it is our strongest deep numb cream. 

Whatever tattoo you are getting, we recommend you should always tell your tattoo artist if you are using numbing cream before getting a new tattoo.