Mittwoch, 27. Dezember 2017

The Future of Dermal Tattoos

Dermal Tattoos

The Future of Dermal Tattoos

Right now, dermal tattoos look beautiful, boost our self-confidence, express our individuality, and represent something precious to us. But what if we could take our tattoos a step further? What if we could use them to save lives, inform others, or keep us safe in any environment? A collaboration of MIT and Harvard University researchers discovered one unique way to do this. The project, called DermalAbyss, takes tattoos to the next level. Although it only counts as a proof-of-concept, the researchers work even now to improve these tattoos. Today, let’s talk about the future of dermal tattoos and their applications in the medical world!


The Tattoo Dream

Lots of people need to use health monitors on a daily—or even hourly—basis to ensure they stay safe. In example, someone with diabetes checks their blood sugar throughout the day to keep their sugar level. Along with that, infants with diabetes need their sodium levels monitored to ensure they stay hydrated. Cardiovascular weakness, weight fluctuation, immune deficiency, and a dozen other causes affect the pH level of your blood. What if tattoos told you your blood levels, instead of an intrusive blood test? The only thing you need to do is look over and see the appearance of your tattoo. These researchers dreamed and studied to make this dream a reality.


Tattoo Wish Granted!

By using a special kind of ink that reacts to chemicals in your blood, DermalAbyss tattoos tell their owners all sorts of things. One ink tells the sugar level and another one helps with sodium. It even tracks two different kinds of pH levels! One ink looks invisible and only appears under UV light when it detects a certain blood sugar level. The others change from pink to teal, blue to brown, and even purple to pink! In other words, these beautiful pigments can complement regular black outlines to complement the design. They look like normal tattoos, but they function as life-saving devices!


Road to Progress

Of course, every project needs to overcome hurdles. For this one, the ink gradually wears away on the pigskin researchers test it on. On top of that, potential allergic reactions or health risks remain a mystery before further testing. The tattoo needs to work just as well as a blood test, so rigorous trials await the DermalAbyss researchers. However, the fact that this proof-of-concept works has diabetics lining up for clinical trials. With enough time, these color-changing tattoos can change both the medical and tattoo world!


The Future of Tattoos

Most of the time, researchers look down on tattoos and the potential risks they carry. Allergic reactions to ink, infections, tainted ink, unhygienic conditions, and more float through the heads of these conservative worry-warts (check our tattoo healing process to see how to handle all of that!). However, these researchers from MIT and Harvard threw away those falsities and found a way to mesh the field of medicine and tattoo art. This research allows tattoos to save lives and opens the door to new types of tattoos. Even without the medical application, color-changing tattoo ink sounds awesome! I eagerly look forward to the day these tattoos change the lives of people around the world!




All Image Credit Goes to MIT Labs. Source.

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Mittwoch, 20. Dezember 2017

Hush Anesthetic

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Hush Anesthetic Review 2018

Many of you expressed interest in an anesthetic for tattoo work. Although the site provides plenty of reviews for tattoo care and aftercare products, people find themselves wondering which one stands above them all. Any experienced artist will recommend you one product—Hush anesthetic. It possesses many benefits both for artists and clients, plus it lasts for a long time compared to other numbing creams and gels. Today, I want to talk about the effects of numbing gel and just what makes Hush tattoo numbing gel the best option on the market.


Numbing Gel for Your Skin

Hush tattoo numbing gel makes up just one of several numbing gels on the market. These gels all work in similar ways and contain the same active ingredient—Lidocaine. We go over the effects of Lidocaine in our Lidocaine cream article, but in short, Lidocaine affects your nerve endings directly. It prevents your nerves from communicating pain to your brain, ensuring you feel nothing during the procedure. By the time the tattoo gel wears off, the pain already faded! For people sensitive to pain, numbing gel provides an easy solution.


Numbing Spray for Your Skin

Of course, other options exist for over-the-counter anesthetics. Numbing spray allows you to quickly and easily apply a layer of anesthetic to your skin. This ease-of-use appeals to many artists and their clients, since some numbing sprays even work during the procedure. Of course, Hush anesthetic tattoo spray ranks best among them, but more on that later. For now, you only need to know that every moment spent applying cream is a moment longer for it to soak in—while a spray starts working immediately over a larger area!


Numbing Spray vs. Numbing Cream

When you choose which one to go with, you need to consider a few things. First of all, what does your budget look like? Spray usually costs a little more than creams or gel, but makes up for it with ease of application. How far from your house is the tattoo shop? If you plan on a long drive, you may as well apply some tattoo numbing gel just before you go and enjoy its peak efficacy the moment you arrive. If your artist recommends one or the other, follow their instructions. Most artists prefer gel and slowly remove the wrap as they work on your tattoo. To learn more about numbing creams, read about the pros and cons on our tattoo numbing creams page. Similarly, we offer a peek at the advantages of numbing spray!


Hush Tattoo Numbing Reviews

In order to buy prescription numbing cream, you need a recommendation from a doctor at the very least. Prescription numbing cream also boasts a few downsides. First of all, they can contain addictive ingredients. Many states prohibit the use of such numbing products due to this, and acquiring a prescription proves very difficult. Other types of creams use hormones to increase the numbing effect, but hormones pose all kinds of health risks depending on your health background. That’s why checking reviews, ingredients, and status with the FDA saves you a bunch of hassle. Hush anesthetic numbing gel and spray both follow FDA standards. I go into more detail about their ingredients after the reviews.


HUSH anesthetic – Tattoo Numbing Gel

First, let’s talk about the numbing gel. It lasts quite a while at over two hours. Unlike many other numbing creams or gels, Hush anesthetic works during the tattoo process. On top of that, it works in many other situations. Use it during waxing, permanent makeup, small skin surgeries, and even laser removal procedures. It uses no artificial scents, so it smells neutral or like medical supplies at worst. Other numbing creams tend to wear off suddenly, but Hush gradually wears off and the area sensations feel dull long after the numbing stops. In other words, Hush tattoo numbing gel works perfectly for long tattoo sessions!

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HUSH anesthetic – Tattoo Numbing Spray

Despite the reputation of spray working for less time or delivering with less potency, the opposite proves true for Hush anesthetic. It lasts for a whopping four hours—twice as long as their gel—and also provides some much-needed convenience. It quickly sprays on before, during, and after the tattoo, ensuring quick application. That leaves your artist with more time to work and you with more time to enjoy the benefit of tattoo numbing spray! It takes about ten minutes to take effect. You do need to reapply it fairly often, though.

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Hush Numbing Gel Ingredients

Since the internet drastically expanded the buying power of the consumer, companies have popped up to meet even the smallest demands. Hush numbing gel appeals to many niches and certainly holds itself to modern standards. In example, it uses only vegan ingredients! It also skips animal testing. If you sneeze at flower pollen, spot test the cream before using it. You should do that with all creams, anyways. Below, I highlighted the natural leaf and flower ingredients which may irritate the allergies of sensitive individuals. Compared to other numbing creams, Hush tattoo numbing cream and spray contains very few of those!

Ingredients: 4% Lidocaine, Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40B, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Menthol, Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) Root Extract, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone


How to Apply Hush Numbing Gel

To best utilize Hush Numbing Gel, make sure you buy some plastic wrap as well. The plastic wrap helps prolong the effect. First, slather on a layer of gel wherever you planned your tattoo. Cover it with plastic wrap so that none of it evaporates or smears to unnecessary areas. Leave it there for about an hour so your skin absorbs the gel.

Your artist determines when to remove the Hush numbing gel. For most artists, they gradually remove the plastic wrap as they tattoo. Others prefer to remove the plastic wrap all at once and rinse off the numbing gel completely. In either case, the gel works fine! It simply lasts a little bit longer if you gradually remove the plastic wrap.


Other Options

Of course, a balanced reviewer and smart consumer always compare all the options. For this reason, I want to point you to some of our other product reviews. We cover aftercare products in general, tattoo lotion, tattoo sunscreen, and provide a complete aftercare guide. However, if you want to save yourself some trouble, skip all of that and just go with Hush. I highly recommend it because of its organic and healthy ingredients. For a full run down on numbing creams, check out our Numbing Cream article. Similarly, we compare and contrast different Numbing Sprays. You’ll notice that Hush anesthetic comes with the highest recommendations on both pages.


Hush: The Best Tattoo Anesthetic

So, where can I buy numbing cream for Tattoos? Artists sometimes stock Hush tattoo numbing spray, but for the most part, Amazon is the most reliable place to find it online. Brick and mortar stores in the middle of downtown metro areas sometimes stock them as well. Since Hush anesthetic uses ethical manufacturing processes, creates an amazing product, and specifically tailors it to suit the need of tattoo recipients, I recommend this as the best tattoo anesthetic cream! Try out both forms of Hush anesthetic for your next tattoo—I promise you’ll thank me later!



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Mittwoch, 13. Dezember 2017

Lidocaine Cream

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What Is A Lidocaine Cream Good For?

Lidocaine cream offers essential comfort to people who can’t stand pain. Lots of modern beauty and surgical procedures involve pain, so Lidocaine helps assuage the fears of many. Although the saying goes, ‘No pain, no gain,’ there’s no reason to go through extra pain when you don’t have to. Like all chemical compounds, Lidocaine cream causes several side-effects and reacts differently depending on the situation. As the internet gradually expands to meet the needs of everyone, Lidocaine cream proves more available by the day. Naturally, lots of people need it! Today, I talk all about how to correctly use Lidocaine cream for all sorts of situations.

To start with, it works for any skin-based pain. Permanent makeup and tattoos both penetrate the skin, making Lidocaine effective and relieving. Laser hair removal and waxing sting the nerves long after the procedure, but Lidocaine lessens the effects. Furthermore, tattoo removal and aftercare both benefit from the use of a numbing cream. Even without a penchant for skin care or body art, Lidocaine cream takes away the bite of burns, scratches, scrapes, and cuts you receive from everyday life. Well, if you’re as clumsy as me, anyways.

Don’t have time for the whole article and only in need of a product recommendation? We got you covered; here is our best product pick for lidocaine creams!


What is Lidocaine?

Topical Lidocaine cream contains a concentrated amount of Lidocaine along with ‘carrier’ ingredients. The carrier ingredients usually consist of petroleum jelly, natural oils, and any vitamins unique to the formula. The Lidocaine cream targets your nerves and dulls sensations on your skin. At most, you feel slight pressure in the area. Among all the over-the-counter pain relievers, Lidocaine offers the best option for non-regular use. It also contains no epinephrine or addictive compounds that encourage repeated use—which is the main reason you can just order it off the net!

Certain methods exist to prolong the duration of its effects, which I talk about at length later on. The stuff is completely safe when you follow the directions provided, although you should use caution when using it for the first time, just like all beauty products. To ensure its efficacy and avoid allergic reactions, test it on a small patch of skin ahead of time. Some anesthetic creams only work once your skin is broken, so consider using a dermaroller or needle to emulate this, or it feels the same as any other time. If you prefer sprays over creams, pain relief options still exist for you!


How Does Lidocaine Work?

On its own, Lidocaine blocks the nerves of your skin from the rest of your body. In other words, the nerves go radio silent—and your brain has no idea whether the area experiences pain or not! This effect occurs because it alters the signal carried by neurons. The voltage-gated Na+ channels normally send out all the necessary signals, but with enough Lidocaine, it will not translate the Na+ into a recognizable depolarized neuron. As such, the message never gets sent, nor does your skin save it for later. Since nerves send the brain a constant status update, any sensations they translate happen in real-time, creating an effective way to temporarily blot out pain without any permanent effects.

Combined with other chemicals and pain relievers, Lidocaine only becomes more potent. Adding a bit of adrenaline helps circulate Lidocaine through the body, and doctors can even inject certain types of lidocaine intravenously to treat some heart conditions. However, I only talk about the safer versions of Lidocaine that deserve a place in your medicine cabinet alongside your cold medicine. On top of that, I only recommend topical Lidocaine in any situation, simply because it keeps the effect contained exactly where you want it. Sprays use more permeable ingredients since they need to take effect immediately. You can read more about that here.

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Lidocaine and Tattoos

So, is Lidocaine cream good for tattoo ink? Does it influence the tattoo at all? Of course! I would never recommend using it if it affected the tattoo in any way. Of course, certain precautions should be used to make sure that your tattoo is in pristine condition for your artist. When you use a Lidocaine cream, wait until your skin absorbs the cream. After that, rinse it off, and all of its effects stay in place. Since Lidocaine cream targets the nerves—and nothing else—any potential effects on your tattoo washes away along with the cream! The same applies to Lidocaine spray. We go into much more detail in our numbing cream page, plus we compare and contrast creams and sprays!

Of course, some Lidocaine creams work great during the actual tattoo process. They keep your tattoo ink untouched by only using ink-safe ingredients. Certain things like petroleum jelly or alcohol negatively affect tattoo healing and tattoo ink. On the other hand, lots of natural and organic ingredients contain essential vitamins that actually help the skin heal. On top of that, they provide a smooth glide for tattoo artists. Continuing to use Lidocaine creams like this throughout your healing process certainly eases the discomfort and itching of a healing tattoo. I advise using it no more than necessary, though.


Lidocaine Cream and You

Let’s talk about how to use Lidocaine cream for your tattoos! To ensure your safety, go ahead and spot test the Lidocaine cream. Like all other topical products—and especially like beauty products—it may contain an ingredient that disagrees with your skin. While it’s incredibly unlikely that your skin reacts negatively to Lidocaine itself, ingredients like aloe vera or pine oil extract could trigger more common allergies. Not all Lidocaine creams contain those ingredients, but they make for good examples. Once you establish that the Lidocaine cream works well on your skin, move on to the next step.

Before you go in for your tattoo appointment, apply a thin layer of Lidocaine cream to the area you plan on numbing. Since each cream works on a different timeframe, use the directions on the package to determine the best time to apply. Usually, thirty minutes before the appointment works well. Some people choose to keep the cream on for even longer, but remember that the cream loses its effect over time if not replenished.  Along with unique times for each cream, some creams only work on open skin. This means that your skin already needs small puncture wounds that help your body absorb the cream. A dermaroller easily solves this problem.

Once you apply the cream, use plastic wrap to seal the area. If your artist allows anesthetic cream during the session, let your artist remove the plastic wrap as they go along. The wrap helps seal in the cream and makes it more effective. In turn, this prolongs the effect of the cream. For tattoo artists who dislike anesthetic cream, rinse it off using warm water and a washcloth. Dry it off as thoroughly as possible, and voila! You enjoy a pain-free tattoo session or skin procedure!


Lidocaine Cream and Your Artist

It’s important to think about the perspective of your artist, doctor, surgeon, or beautician before you use Lidocaine cream. Most of these professions require perfect precision in order to perform their job, so anesthetic cream naturally hinders them when it touches their fingers. However, the cream holds other benefits that make the risk well worth it, and many methods exist to mitigate the risk of numbness in the first place! If your artist or beautician still insists on abstaining from numbing cream, wash it off before the procedure. If your surgeon or doctor recommends otherwise, then listen to them. We also talk about the full benefits of numbing cream for clients and artists on this page.

To start with, your artist needs to use surgical gloves. They probably do already—touching someone’s blood creates a huge health hazard, and everyone avoids it as best as they can. Surgical gloves prevent both blood and numbing product from permeating through, leaving their fingers nice and safe. In effect, artists easily negate the one disadvantage of numbing cream by following proper procedures. As mentioned before, plenty of other beneficial effects make numbing cream attractive to artists. It works as a glide for tattoo artists and beauticians, ensuring their work looks smooth. Furthermore, it prevents you from flinching during your procedure and gives them more confidence in their movement.

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Pain Relief Revolution

Lidocaine cream only entered the tattoo scene recently. Before the internet, obtaining some proved difficult without a doctor’s prescription. Although over-the-counter products have existed for over a decade, few stores stocked them. Large companies might stock them in one or two stores, while they were virtually absent in rural areas. Now, anything you want sits at your fingertips. While finding Lidocaine cream once proved impossible, buying it now takes just a few clicks and a few days of waiting.

Of course, its newfound popularity means that the tattoo scene still needs to adjust to the concept of pain relief and anesthetic creams. When they invented the tattoo gun, the tattoo scene exploded with artists and clients quickly followed suit. Inversely, Lidocaine cream increases the number of clients for artists. It opens up a whole new world to people with low pain tolerance that always dreamed about modifying their bodies. Like all new things—and just like the tattoo gun—the waves of the pain relief revolution still rock the scene. With time, artists, beauticians, surgeons, doctors, and clients alike learn the huge benefits of Lidocaine cream.


Other Ways to Use Lidocaine Ointment

I already mentioned a few other ways to use Lidocaine in passing, but this list helps reiterate why you need some in your medicine cabinet. I find that it works best for cuts and scrapes in sensitive areas. In example, I dab just a little bit on top of a papercut when I need to draw or type. That lets me use my fingers without that stinging sensation everytime I touch a key or adjust my tablet pen! Burns, scrapes, blisters, and cuts also benefit from Lidocaine cream.

For some people, daily uses of Lidocaine cream includes treating eczema, insect bites, itching, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and certain types of swelling. As for major applications—things that make you stock it in the first place—look no further than the body modification industry. When people think ‘body modification,’ they imagine forked tongues, chiseled teeth, and crazy piercings. While all of that counts, the realm of body modification also includes tattoos, permanent makeup, mole removal, cyst removal, waxing, hair removal, normal piercings, and all sorts of skin care.

At the same time, all of these procedures represent at least thirty minutes of pain. Lidocaine cream serves to relieve that pain in all of these situations and serves as an alternative to more expensive anesthetics. Simply keeping it around saves you a ton of trouble in the future!


Recommended Lidocaine Products

Now that you know all about Lidocaine cream, I want to recommend two types of Lidocaine product that work best. The same company makes both of them, so it’s no wonder they both work spectacularly. Without further ado, let’s go over the recommendations!


Recommended Lidocaine Cream: HUSH anesthetic – Tattoo Numbing Gel

Hush Anesthetic Cream uses Lidocaine as its active ingredient. I recommend it because it works great even during and after procedures. It also uses an FDA compliant formula, ensuring the best standards for your skin. Since you can apply it during the tattoo process, it also provides a few extra benefits. You relax more and your artist stretches your skin out more easily. The numbness lasts for two hours and then gradually wears away. It usually takes six hours for your feeling to completely return—and by then, you already sport a wonderful tattoo or body piercing! As with all numbing creams, this works best if covered up until the moment you use it.

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Recommended Lidocaine Spray: HUSH anesthetic – Tattoo Numbing Spray

Similar to their Tattoo Numbing Gel, Hush Anesthetic Tattoo Numbing Spray works during the tattoo process. Unlike the gel, it applies quickly and easily. In exchange for a little less efficacy, you gain a lot of convenience. Since you can apply as needed, you easily avoid the one downside. The moment you feel a tingle, just ask your artist to spray a little more on! For artists who dislike the texture of a liquid surface and spend a lot of time wiping up blood, the thin layer of spray prevents distraction.

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Take the Leap—Try Lidocaine Cream for Pain Relief

In the end, I’m not a doctor. But I am certain that these over-the-counter, FDA-compliant pain relief creams and sprays works. But don’t take my word for it—ask your artist and doctor about it! They will recognize InkDoneRight’s recommended Lidocaine cream and spray and likely recommend it themselves. Rather than sit on the fence, wondering whether or not this tattoo or that piercing is worth the pain, simply give Lidocaine a try. In all honestly, it opens up a world of body modification and will help you conquer your fear of pain. Use this opportunity to truly own your body and everything in it. Shape it how you like and show the world the inner beauty you contained this whole time!



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Mittwoch, 22. November 2017

Tattoo Convention Brussels Belgium 2017

The International Brussels Tattoo Convention 2017

Kamila Burzymowska once again collected some amazing photos of the International Brussels Tattoo Convention 2017 for us! This convention represents one of the largest in Europe and—despite its nearly nonexistent marketing team—artists from around the world know about it and flock to its stalls. This year marked record attendance, with many artists even turning away clients due to high demand! Naturally, this meant some amazing tattoos came out of the convention.



Brussels Tattoo Convention 2017

The people also brought some amazing designs with them to the convention. Wearing amazing costumes and beautiful hair colors, many ladies showed off their spectacular tats wherever they walked! Men wore tank tops or short sleeves to match—and those that forgot to dress appropriately even cut off their sleeves! As with every tattoo convention, the people make up half the show, and tattoo watching at Brussels was amazing.


With amazing stage performances, a huge amount of professional artists, and aisles packed with people, the tattoo convention did have one downside. The bathroom! Singular. At least they kept it clean! Many people also disliked the amount of people crowding the convention. Other than that claustrophobia, the journey left an amazing impression on everyone who visited. The con also provided larger aisles than usual, but the sheer amount of people swamped the place.

For the stage performance, several women in some exquisite leather costumes arrived with flaming scythes. Combined with flaming crosses, pipes of flame, and an excellent sense of movement, these ladies awed with their pyrotechnics. Of course, many artists spent too much time filling out orders at their booth to experience the show, but visitors enjoyed the spectacle!


Convention Artists

As for contest winners, Rich Harris, Sergio Enekas, and Emilie B won the best in show of each convention day. Chris Papadakis brought the best American old school style, Paulo Altomare detailed the most amazing Asian style tattoos, Jurgis Mikalauskas painted the best large color, and Tsoie dominated the large black and gray scene. Other winners include Karan Sarin with best blackwork, Jay freestyle with best graphic design, Roberta da Silva with best small black and gray, and Oash Rodriguez with best small color. Overall, Jay Freestyle won best in show with his intricate and amazing tattoos. Each one showed off his amazing talent and understanding of our unique art medium.

The next convention takes place on November 11th, 2018, and I highly recommend attending! Bring your best clothes—ones without sleeves, of course—and save a space on your skin for something new and spectacular.  This convention blows everything out of the water and I put this at the top of the can’t-miss list of tattoo conventions!

In the end, this con brought a whole new generation of people together to appreciate the wonderful Inked World of tattoo art. We can’t thank photographer Kamila Burzymowska enough for snapping these pictures and sharing her wonderful experience at the convention! Check out her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or official website for more awesome pictures of the tattoo scene.

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Mittwoch, 15. November 2017

Watercolor Tattoos

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Watercolor Tattoos

Watercolor tattoos look spectacular, although not all artists know how to create them. It takes a special skill set to create realistic watercolor designs that also look clear and age well. For fans of watercolor tattoos, the lack of artists proves a problem when seeking out these beautiful tattoos. I included some special tattooing tips and tricks for those artists in this watercolor tattoo gallery so that, hopefully, that problem disappears with time!

As a huge fan of watercolor tattoos myself, I know all the ins and outs of this style. It certainly has its weaknesses, but the pros outweigh the cons here. Check out these beautiful watercolor tattoos and learn about the technique behind them! Perhaps you will also fall in love with this beautiful inking style!


Watercolor Tattoo Technique

Want to learn how to make watercolor tattoos look spectacular? Looking to see the color tattoo techniques that bring them to life? Thankfully, any artist aware of basic tattoo shading techniques can quickly graduate to the watercolor style.

Before you begin making watercolor tattoos, practice using your pigments on mixed media paper to create basic watercolor images and designs. Pay close attention to how the colors blend, since this represents the most appealing aspect of watercolor tattoos. Once you understand how your pigments react to each other, downgrade to regular watercolors to save some money. Any brand works. This practice helps you learn how to make crisp outlines where necessary and master the colors along with the texture.

Moving on to tattoos, go ahead and water down your pigments before application. Make sure the water is perfectly sterile, of course. Apply the ink in layers, starting with very light doses of color and adding more pigment where necessary. Build up your ink into a realistic watercolor design, using all of your normal tattoo shading techniques to pull it all together.

In order to make the tattoo resilient against time, pay close attention to the brightness and contrast of your tattoos. Where the colors must remain distinguished, use different amounts of thin black ink to create a tiny amount of contrast. Though hard to see, the small amount of black ink remains visible as the tattoo ages. This makes any touchups easier and more spaced out! Plus, extra contrast in designs look pleasing to the human eye. Experiment with it!


Are Watercolor Tattoos Permanent?

To be honest, watercolor tattoos fade. Just like every other colored tattoo, colored ink fades quickly and an aged watercolor tattoo’s pattern may disappear entirely. This, of course, is the hallmark of a bad watercolor tattoo. In the previous section, I mentioned that brightness and contrast determine how long your tattoo lasts—and all of that plays a part in the fading process. With different amounts of ink to absorb light, separate blocks of color fade at different speeds. With sharply contrasting colors, even an area with no black ink still looks distinguished as it fades.

Thinking about getting a tattoo? You can ease the pain by using a special numbing cream or spray for tattoo sessions. Below is our favorite tattoo numbing product. Read our full reviews here!

Hush Anesthetic Tattoo Numbing Gel

The most popular Tattoo Numbing product out there and for good reason. Well established brand, thousand of reviews on Amazon and for sure the best product we have found.

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Watercolor tattoos receive a bad rap because they fade noticeably within a decade. People often see that and believe that the style of tattoo is at fault, rather than their artist, activity, or simply the passage of time. All tattoos fade—even plain black outlines—but many steps delay the process. Our tattoo aftercare articles go over the details of that!


Watercolor Tattoos Pros and Cons

Still on the edge about watercolor tattoos? Admittedly, the new trend of watercolor tattoos leaves much to the imagination—especially concerning how well they age. Maybe this list of pros and cons helps form a decision for you!


  • They Look Spectacular
  • Emulates Watercolor Art
  • Easy to Cover Up or Touch Up
  • Ages Well


  • Variable Price
  • Requires Specialized Artist
  • Frequent Touch-ups
  • Fast Tattoo Aging

“But wait!” you might say. “It says ‘ages well’ in the pros, but ‘fast tattoo aging’ in the cons! Which is it?!” Strange as it might sound, some types of aging work well for tattoo art. Ink naturally migrates around your skin, resulting in a blurry look over time. But for some tattoos, including watercolor tattoos, that blurry look is exactly what you want.

Watercolor tattoos naturally blend colors on day one—a little bit of blend later on barely registers! With tiny touchups, your tattoo looks spectacular. However, the blurry lines of a black ink tattoo don’t add to its design. So, in a way, you trade the typical ‘blurry’ look of old tattoos for a ‘faded’ look—but touch ups fix one of these better than the other!


Watercolor Tattoo Designs

A watercolor tattoo flower emulates the beautiful pigments of the real thing. Combined with a black outline, the flower looks spectacular and lasts for decades. As more and more artists learn to work with the watercolor tattoo style, the watercolor tattoo design scene explodes. I prefer watercolor tattoos that utilize negative space—in other words, the areas without ink—in their design. However, abstract swatches of paint, combined with black lines to tie the piece together, also look spectacular. Watercolor tattoos push the boundaries of the medium, but they also pay homage to the wide spectrum of watercolor art. Accordingly, watercolor tattoo designs show incredible diversity!


Watercolor Tattoo F.A.Q.

Since many questions surround the new trend of watercolor tattoos, I answer the most commonly asked questions here! If this article still leaves your question unanswered, go ahead and ask your question in the comments section, and we will quickly add a section for it.

Are watercolor tattoos more expensive?

Before we think about water color tattoo prices, let’s consider another question: how much do small tattoos cost, anyways? The price varies depending on location, cost of living, and style. All of the same rules apply for watercolor tattoos. Some artists may offer fairly inexpensive watercolor tattoos—that is to say, comparable prices to traditionally colored tattoos. On the other hand, some artists charge a fortune. A lot of work goes into making these tattoos look great, so not every artist enjoys making them. On top of that, since watercolor tattoos quickly fade, some artists charge a high entry price to ensure you can spare the cash for touch ups later down the line. Weird, I know. But that’s economics.

Do watercolor tattoos hurt more?

Thankfully, watercolor tattoos hurt no more than regular tattoos. However, since a watercolor tattoo takes more time, you will need to endure the pain for a little longer. The location of your tattoo drastically affects the pain you experience, so look up which locations hurt the least if you worry about pain. Or, you can consider applying a topical anesthetic beforehand.

Do watercolor tattoos take longer?

Yes! While some artists finish watercolor tattoos with lightning speed precision, high quality watercolor tattoos usually take many layers of color and a large amount of time. Think of it this way: a solid ink color takes 100% of the ink, with no dilution. Artists usually start with 10% ink concentrations and work their way up from there. They ink each layer carefully to create a cohesive picture, occasionally adding different inks to increase the contrast. Of course, the wait is worth it!


Watercolor Tattoos: Art from Pigment

In the end, lasting watercolor tattoos fall down to two things: artist knowledge and client knowledge. An artist masterfully creates a tattoo resilient to age, while a client wears sunscreen frequently and receives touchups when necessary. As long as both people know what to do, a watercolor tattoo lasts for ages longer than a regular black and white design. On top of that, watercolor tattoos look spectacular, and allow for many complex colors and ideas to flow together in a single design. I highly recommend receiving at least one of this wonderful type of tattoo. Watercolor tattoos cement the relationship between body art and high art, showing the world just what kind of style you live your life in!

Related: Full Tattoo Aftercare Guide

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