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The Case for Watercolor Tattoos

The Case for Watercolor Tattoos

Tattoo Ideas3 min Read

Old timers hate them, suburban moms love them. We make the case for appreciating watercolor tattoos, despite their flaws.

If you are the type of person that thrives on heated arguments might I suggest doing the following: walk into an old school tattoo shop and bring up the subject of watercolor tattoos. Many tattooers, especially the old guard, have very strong opinions about this popular trend. And by “strong opinions” we mean that they hate them with the burning intensity of 10,000 suns. Yet, people seem to love the style. Just think about how many watercolor tattoos you see out in the world, and check out the enormous followings some of the top artists in the style have. We have to be able to find some middle ground between the two camps here, right?

There is no refuting the idea that watercolor tattoos are going to look completely different as they age… but what if that’s not a bad thing? The Statue of Liberty wasn’t the beautiful shade of green she is today back when she went up in 1886. No, she was the shiny color of copper, it was only the years of aging that turned her into what she is now. So who is to say that if done properly watercolor tattoos won’t age into something different but still aesthetically pleasing?

The other question that I think needs to be asked concerns the idea of the tattoo lasting in the first place. There is something to be said for someone who wants an amazing piece of body art right now, the longevity of it be damned. There is no denying that there are watercolor tattoos that are jaw-droppingly gorgeous immediately upon their completion, and there is something to living in the right now. As long as the client understands that their art is going to morph over the years, more power to them as they take a chance on something fleeting.

Let’s find a way to enjoy these watercolor tattoos for what they are — a grand artistic experiment that shakes up the game a bit, whose end results are still relatively unknown.

Charlie Connell
Written byCharlie Connell

Likes: writing, baseball, dumplings, American Traditional tattoos, punk rock. Dislikes: kale, things that look like kale and words that rhyme with kale. Managing Editor @tattoodo

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