Amazing Watercolor Tattoos

If you walk into a design studio, you are sure to find two things designers love: Toys and tattoos. I’m no different, sporting a dozen or so different pictures on my body with more to be added. If you have one, you know they are addictive and you can hardly wait to get your next inking.

I’ve always drawn my own tattoo designs, then I get a few friends to hold me down while a tattoo artists inks me. When I see great inspiration, I get excited about my next tat and these watercolor tattoos (not the inks, just the style and look) are high art but I’m not a watercolor artist, so I doubt I’ll be doing one of these for myself. Still, seeing some of these makes me think of what I could do for something along this line. Take a look at these (see more on Buzzfeed) and I’m sure you’ll be seeing your favorite tattoo artists very, very soon.

A close-up view of a forearm with the technique to make tattoo ink appear to be a watercolor.

Paper and skin. Two different drawing surfaces and two different mediums.

Yes, it’s beautiful work, unlike some examples of the worst tattoos that appear on the web. Be careful who you pick to place that permanent mark on your body and when you find that talented artist, hold onto him or her because a great tattoo artist isn’t so easy to find.

 

Speider Schneider

Speider Schneider is a former member of The Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine and has designed products for Disney/Pixar, Warner Bros., Harley-Davidson, ESPN, Mattel, DC and Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon among other notable companies. Speider is a former member of the board for the Graphic Artists Guild, co-chair of the GAG Professional Practices Committee and a former board member of the Society of Illustrators. Follow him on Twitter @speider

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  1. [...] My next question was, ‘If it looks like it was painted on, how long is it going to last?’ Again, my online research has claimed watercolor tattoos have a chance of fading faster than regular tattoos as watercolor tattoos generally use lighter colors and shading as opposed to traditional tattoos that use black ink and solid coloring. But when I say outlast, watercolor tattoos are still claiming to go 25-30 years without needing a touch up. That sounds like a good amount of time to me. [...]

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