130+ Spectacular Watercolor Tattoo Designs & Meanings – For Unique People (2017)
We all know that tattoo is a great way to express yourself. There are plenty of ideas for tattoos which have a certain meaning and those which have not. It could be anything, but when you decide on the theme, you must identify the artistic style you want it to be done.
Nowadays tattoos become more abstract and it is a growing trend. Just have a look on the tattoos imitating watercolor. It is a new trend started in 2012. It became increasingly popular for their high level of originality. They are just like snowflakes no two watercolor pieces are the same.
Like with any permanent edition to your body the best way to start is to make a research, of course.
Watercolor usually refers to the mixing of water-soluble pigments with binders and then applying them to the paper. Today artists can create these drawings on human bodies, which make the tattoo unique and impressive.
When did it all started?
Once upon a time a girl lived in New York City and she did very unusual tattoos very well. Her name is Amanda Wachob. As well as the name of this girl, it is difficult to label her artworks to any of the known styles; however, they look really impressive.
Everything started quite innocent. “One day I woke up in morning and found out that all of the inner part of my left arm was covered with strange abstract symbols. I could not find a rational explanation for its appearance, so I experienced the mixed feelings of the excitement, confusion and curiosity.
In the end, the marks have disappeared from my skin, while leaving an indelible mark on my soul.”
On her personal website Amanda explains her interest in the art of tattooing. Because her works are the real pictures on the body, sometimes conceptual, sometimes spectacular, sometimes both at the same time.
“That is my longing to expand the boundaries of the art of tattooing. The tattoo was considered only as a hobby or business before that. I’m considering these tattoos as an example of true art which is an infinite mark on your body.
We all use the brush to paint the walls of the house or to do paintings; I announce – a tattoo machine is also a perfect tool that can create art.”
Her works are reminiscent of watercolors, sometimes exemplary, sometimes abstract. This amazing technique is achieved, as Amanda says, by a full imitation of brush strokes, which make her work alive.
She was the first to use this technique. But she doesn’t do the pictures of flowers and butterflies. Her art is abstract and unique. It looks like adorable children’ play with watercolors.
Amanda is an artist with an education, Bachelor of Arts (BFA). She works in the Dare Devil Tattoo salon in New York. The hour of her work is costs $ 350 and despite an impressive price to get it done you need to stand in a queue more than six months.
In addition to the watercolor tattoos Amanda also makes conceptual, the so-called “bloodline” (Bloody line) tattoos. The bloodline technique does not require ink as the water is used instead.
As a result you’ll have a temporary tattoo of the light red color notable only because of the inflammation caused by a needle which fades during the healing process.
After the close examining of Amanda’s work we ask ourselves a single question: “Is it a tattoo?”. The unique style and quality of tattoo realization made Amanda famous.
Tattoos are known to remain on the body forever and a lot of people around the world are ready to button up their purses to become an owner of the art object. And it’s definitely worth it! Believe me.
Klaim is another professional tattoo artist who works in the studio STREET TATTOO in Franconville, France.
Along with his partner Niko Inko, Klaim creates artistic and creative watercolor tattoos that are the organic blend of the natural form of the client’s body and accentuating or hiding the physical characteristics at the same time.
As a result this work combines the symbolic idea, aesthetic design, body art and form of a body.
This talented French artist creates a tattoo in different styles. But the saturated colors are present in every of his work. It allows tattoos to remain in its original form. The artist uses line in perspective and other different kinds of lines.
This method draws the viewer’s attention to specific and important parts of the picture.
While some of the tattoos made by KLAIM are pretty chaotic at first glance this method allows the viewer to understand quickly the structure of the tattoo and to indicate the symbolism. The colors of those are fantastic and remind the magic dust from the tip of the wand with all those swirls and twists.
Marcus Lund is also very famous artist that creates tattoos of this style. But his works are not so abstract. He does colorful birds (Japanese kanji), trees (cherry blossom branches) and flowers in his unique way. Marcus also performs special tinted x-ray technique.
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The outstanding characteristics of watercolor style
Consider the time that goes into crafting a beautiful painting on canvas. Then consider doing it all over again, this time with an electric rotary on the elastic and unpredictable surface that is the human body. No mistakes allowed, isn’t it?
Do you remember a picture of those lion full of colors wearing sunglasses? It was made by Hungarian artist Robert Farkas and it is well known example of a rainbow watercolor technique.
In general the name is deceptive as the tattoo process remains the same. The same techniques and tools are used but the main thing is to achieve that watercolor effect. This style is created by splatters, blurs and shades. There are no defined shapes and no thick outlines.
It allows the artist to try on a different approach to the “traditional” tattoo.
People are always concerned about this type of tattoos as they think that the ink of the tattoo will last, as there is no thick layer of the ink and no defined lines.
The tattoo artists say that it definitely depends on the concrete work, colors and shades, design balance, the picture which was chosen and proper anatomy.
And is true that a traditional tattoo will last longer than a watercolor one. As you know even the traditional tattoo needs touch ups as well from time to time. No matter what kind of tattoo you want, you’ll probably have to get it “touched up”.
With watercolor tattoos, however, you’ll probably just need to get them touched up sooner and on the regular basis.
The reason is obvious. A traditional tattoo could preserve the darker colors and more saturated with ink/pigment and some of the lighter colors of the watercolor technique tend to fade quicker.
But you have to agree that these tattoos look very sophisticated. It is nice to ask the artist to compose (and personalize) the matching tattoos. For example you and your girlfriend could share one design of watercolor whales or hummingbirds.
The animal designs within this technique are very popular: foxes, lions, owls, giraffes, monkeys and even PUGS.
The style is appropriate also for the “space theme” with all those bright-yellow stars and darker universe that looks a little blurred.
In my humble opinion the best pictures to do are the flowers. It is the field where the artist could use all his creativity and show how the colors can mix and cooperate. It can be a rainbow-colored flower bouquet or perfectly made red poppies, vials, roses and almost translucent lotus.
The meanings of tattoos in the modern world are different – some people associate them with criminals and jails, others with symbolic meaning personal to everyone, and yet others with physical beauty of a human body. Whatever they may be for you, the available tattoo technology progressed so much that today’s people have far more colors and designs to choose from than ancient people did.
Bright, bold and abstract – definitely not for the traditionalists or the “old school” lovers; they even may say that it is just a childish tattoo. The style of watercolor ink is modeled after the style watercolor painting where water is the linking part for the pigment rather than oil.
Watercolor tattoos are luscious and splattering, screaming for attention.
You can draw anything using watercolors: from the rose blossom to the sarcastic smirk of Joker – everything will look great unless, of course, you choose a master wisely.
This trend is so popular that artists have to learn the new method quickly. Watercolor tattoo technique completely dispels the myth that the all tattoos ruin the body perfection given by nature.
Watercolor painting on the body, as well as the usual painting on the canvas makes you feel the variety of emotions. And that is a true purpose of art.