Watercolour Tattoos

If you’re on the market for a tattoo, you don’t have to go with a traditional style with thick black lines and solid blocks of colour. There are so many styles out there for you to choose from. If you want something a bit trendy and artistic, watercolour tattoos are the way to go.



With this beautiful watercolour tattoo, even the black lines have a splatter effect.



While you’ll usually see women sporting a watercolour tattoo, this guy rocks a watercolour lion like nobody’s business.


Watercolour Watch

Since watches are mostly obsolete, save for smart watches, you can just use a watercolour watch tattoo instead.



This colourful blast of a tattoo says “I am everything I wanted to be.”


Ink Splatters

The splatters of watercolour paint actually make sense for this tattoo of spilled ink pots


Paper Cranes

This tattoo pairs the harsh lines of origami paper cranes with the soft color of watercolor backgrounds. It helps that the colours go outside the lines.


Watercolour Lily

Why get a stereotypical flower on your shoulder? This lady changed it up by getting it as a watercolour tattoo.



This is one of the coolest tattoos on the list. The watercolours flow underneath the umbrella.



The simplistic design feels like a kid could have finger-painted this tattoo…but in a good way.



This design feels like a Japanese traditional tattoo design, but uses the modern watercolour




This snail design, which looks like something out of a really well-illustrated children’s book, is a unique tattoo you wouldn’t see on anyone else.




The Art of Watercolour Tattoos


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Have you ever seen a watercolour tattoo in person? You’d certainly known if you had. Watercolor tattoos stand apart from their traditional counterparts in a variety ways, from their vibrant color schemes to the special techniques artists employ to create them.

While the term watercolors may cause you to think of the Crayola trays parents give children to paint with in an attempt to limit post painting destruction, they’ve actually been used for centuries to capture the colorful essence of nature. The art style was utilized during the Italian Renaissance by many famous painters and was often used to depict wildlife and landscapes.

The art style uses paint in which pigments are suspended within a water-based solution, hence the name. While it can be supported on a wide variety of different materials, it’s most commonly applied to paper that’s either partially or entirely made of cotton in order to reduce the painting’s distortion when wet.

Watercolor tattoo artists obtain the same sort of visual effect by lessening the overall ink saturation through subtle shading. They often achieve the brushstroke-esque design by forgoing the typical black outline seen in more traditional tattoos.

If you do a bit of research into watercolor tattoos you’ll find a lot of people calling into question the art style’s longevity due to the lack of outline and lessened amounts of ink saturation. It’s true that watercolor tattoos don’t last quite as long as their traditional counterparts and tend to require more touch-ups to maintain, but the difference is practically negligible in nature. Watercolor tattoos keep their vibrant color and design for decades and all tattoos require touch-ups to keep their design and color from fading over time. They may require one or two more touch-ups over the decades, but that’s hardly a heavy price to pay for the strikingly bright beauty these tattoos offer.

Following the art style they’re derived from, watercolor tattoos are typically used to colorfully encapsulate nature as many of the example in the gallery below depict beautifully. Although the art style can be used creatively to complement unnatural items as well, like the watch tattoo created by Flor.

Think about watercolors for your next tattoo. It’s a unique art form any tattoo lover can appreciate, and one who’s vibrant beauty is sure to be appreciated by onlookers everywhere for decades.

One of the most popular and recognizable artists in the genre is Russia’s Sasha Unisex. Her breakthrough style is influencing a generation, and her skills are unmatched!