Today topic is color tattoos. My biggest piece of advice in color tattoos is if your artist is asking what colors to use, don’t trust this artist. Of course, if you want a specific color for an aspect of the tattoo, that’s fine, but if the artist is asking your opinion on every single color that should go to into the tattoo, they don’t know what they are doing as an artist.
1. Be really descriptive when you’re explaining the color
2. The colors incorporated in your tattoo should match your skin tone
3. How to keep your color tattoos looking really bright and crisp
4. Color tattoos vs black tattoos. Do color tattoos cost more?
5. Color tattoos do look a bit different, once they’ve healed
6. Clothes to wear with color tattoos
Be really descriptive when you’re explaining the color
If there is a specific color, you would like to incorporate into a tattoo, be really descriptive when you’re explaining the color. If you can, try and find a sample of the color to show the artist.
Say, for example, you want a peach-colored rose. What you call “peach”, I might call “apricot”. So, you are going to walk away with a different color to what you had in mind. So, either just explain it in basic colors, so, for example, once again peach. It’s a light pink-based orange.
The colors incorporated in your tattoo should match your skin tone
So, if you have really dark skin, you are going to get really dark colors. And if you have really light skin, you’re better off sticking to lighter tones. But you don’t have to stick with them, if you’re ghostly white. You’re kind of lucky because you can get any color tattoo. But the darker your skin is, the more restricted you are in colors you can have. If you are a person who tans particularly easy, it’s a good idea to mention that to your artist, so they can compensate the colors for when you are tanned. I do mention this in the tattoo aftercare article but I mention it here as well.
How to keep your color tattoos looking really bright and crisp
To keep your color tattoos looking really bright and crisp, you’ll want to moisturize them every day after they’ve healed or as often as possible. Keeping your skin really well-hydrated is going to keep the pigment really bright and it’s going to help the longevity of your tattoo.
Color tattoos vs black tattoos. Do color tattoos cost more?
It actually takes a lot longer to get a color tattoo than does black and grey. Because in black and grey tattoos there’s only shades that you have to worry about when you getting them or blended in and shaded and looking lovely, so it’s a bit quicker.
Color tattoos are more likely to need touch ups in the future as opposed to black and grey tattoos. That isn’t set in stone but it’s generally what happens. I’ve found that color tattoos fade and heal slightly differently to the way black and grey shadows do. Most artists I’ve been to say they’ll do touch-ups for free but obviously if you want to rework a whole piece, you’re going to have to pay them. As I always mention, each individual artist has their own pricing system, so you’re going to have to talk to them about how much they are going to charge something like that.
Color tattoos do look a bit different, once they’ve healed
When a tattoo heals a few new layers of skin actually grow over the top of your tattoo. Kind of in the way if you get a scrape or a scratch or something and you got a scab and then it heals and it’s a scar. Kind of the same thing. There pretty much is going to look a little bit duller and often have a sort of a yellowish tone to them getting tattooed.
Clothes to wear with color tattoos
A lot of people ask me, if I find it hard to wear colorful clothing because I worry if it’s going to match my ink or not. Honestly, the answer is no. I mainly just wear black, white and grey, so there is a much color in the mix anyway. But when I do color, it’s like the last thing on my mind if it matches my tattoos or not.
Whereas with color tattoos you’re not only trying to blend in shades but you’re also trying to blend in tines to make the whole thong look smooth and lovely. But trust me:
“It’s definitely worth it. It is completely up to you if you want all your tattoos to match. If you plan on getting multiple tattoos but you can’t pick a “color scheme”, just relax. Pretty much no one does that.”
Most heavily-tattooed people don’t really stick to a certain style or color. So, don’t stress it, of you worried about getting like a pink tattoo next to a green one. You are just going to look like a badass rainbow.