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Here's *Everything* You Must Know Before Getting A Watercolor Tattoo, According To An Expert

Plus, tips on how you can keep them from fading.
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If you're looking for a striking design for your next (or first) ink, why not get one that's ~*colorful*~? We suggest checking out watercolor tattoos, which have been gaining popularity over the years. On Instagram, clicking the hashtag #watercolortattoo will show you over 1.4 million posts featuring these colored tatts in various designs. It's easy to see why people love them: They're vibrant and beautiful, and they're literally works of art. Keep on reading to learn more about this tattoo style! 

What are watercolor tattoos? 

As its name suggests, a watercolor tattoo tends to mimic the textures of a watercolor painting. To achieve that, a tattoo artist makes use of different techniques like shading, blurring, and fading, etc.

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Do watercolor tattoos fade easily? How long do they last? 

"If well taken care of, all tattoos won’t fade easily," Don Sheldon Asuncion, tattoo artist and founder of PintaDon Tattoo Studio told Cosmopolitan Philippines. He also explained that the longevity of your ink will depend on the "placement of the tattoo and the activities of the client."

Eventually, though, all tattoos will somehow fade over time. But don't worry—you can always get a touch-up if you want to keep your colored tattoo looking vibrant.

Does it hurt to get a watercolor tattoo?  

Getting any kind of tattoo will hurt a bit, TBH. However, Don notes that pain varies for every person. It will vary depending on a lot of factors, including your pain tolerance, the placement of your ink, and the design of your tattoo. "The amount of time it takes to finish the tattoo is a big factor. The longer the session will be, the more painful it gets because our pain tolerance lowers down in the process," he explained. 

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How do you take care of watercolor tattoos? 

According to Don, caring for your watercolor tatt is crucial, especially during its healing stage, which is "within a month after the session." 

To keep it from fading easily, applying sunscreen is a must, especially if your ink is placed on your shoulder, hands, legs, and other areas that are exposed to sunlight. Here are a few things to avoid, according to the tattoo artist: 

  • As much as possible, avoid direct sun exposure
  • Avoid engaging in strenuous activities that will cause you to sweat a lot
  • Avoid using whitening products
  • Avoid scratching at tattoo scabs
  • Avoid swimming for at least a few weeks after you've gotten your new tattoo 

How much does it cost to get a watercolor tattoo? 

The price of a tattoo depends on the artist, the size of your tattoo, and the complexity of the design. According to Don, the cost of getting a "minimalist watercolor tattoo" at his tattoo studio starts at P3,500.  

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12 *Super Cute* Watercolor Tattoo Ideas For Your Next Ink

Need more convincing? Keep scrolling to see some of the prettiest watercolor tatt ideas we spotted online! 

  1. Watercolor butterfly tattoo

    Butterfly tattoos just look so much more *realistic* when they're colored. 

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  2. Watercolor moon tattoo

    Check out the intricate details of these moon tattoos! 

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  3. Watercolor flower tattoo

    Flower tattoos are simply stunning, especially when they're rendered in the prettiest watercolor hues. 

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  4. Watercolor bracelet tattoo

    If you want something different for your next ink, why not try getting a bracelet tattoo? A dainty floral design like this one, for example, can be "wrapped" around your wrist, leaving you with a permanent arm candy. ;) 

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  5. Watercolor galaxy tattoo

    We love how this mini galaxy tattoo is bursting with color. 

  6. Watercolor leaf tattoo

    If you're tired of flower tattoos, a plant-inspired ink may tickle your fancy.

     

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  7. Watercolor wings tattoo

    Why not add some subtle touches of color to your minimalist ink?

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  8. Watercolor heart tattoo

    We're loving the unique paint-like design of this purple heart tattoo. 

  9. Watercolor wave tattoo

    Keep it simple with this abstract-looking wave tatt.  

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  10. Watercolor animal tattoo

    Why not dedicate your next ink to your fur bb? The inner arm is a great spot to get inked on since it's not exposed to sunlight. 

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  11. Watercolor bird tattoo

    This colored bird tattoo is seriously like a work of art. 

    The touches of blue make this minimalist bird tatt look so dreamy! 

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  12. Watercolor name tattoo

    Watercolor can serve as a cute backdrop to a meaningful word tattoo! 

PintaDon Tattoo Studio is located at 78 East Capitol Drive Bo. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. For more information, visit their Instagram and Facebook pages. 

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