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Color tattoos have become increasingly popular in tattoo culture. The vibrant color that can be to a tattoo can make it pop so much more. Where the actual first color tattoo is hard to pinpoint, experts believe it was sometime during the ancient period of Rome, as they have found artefacts and trinkets to do so and had colored ink at their disposal.
Initially, in the 17th Century, the Japanese were given credit to the popularization of colored tattoos. Creating vibrant colorful tattoos that are still seen in the style today for the most part. The colorful tattoos would make their way to America in the 1950’s, although limited by not a full arrange of colors that are present now-a-days. You can now get a huge range of colors of tattoo ink and every shade of that color you might have a use for.
Technique of Color Tattoos
Similar to a canvas painter, doing a color tattoo has a lot of planning and takes a very creative mind. The artist uses different colors to pull the eye to where they want on the tattoo and use darker and lighter shades of the same color to create deeper layers to end up with a vibrant and rich look. Color tattoos use these colors as to fulfill a shading method similar to the black and grey style of shading.
What style of Tattoos use color?
Any type of tattoo can use color into it. It’s very traditional in styles such as Japanese, Traditional American, Neo-Traditional and Realism. Even if your tattoo is just an outline drawing you can fill in the tattoo with color to create a more vibrant and greater looking product. It’s important to note that while any tattoo can be filled in, it’s better to plan for the color of your tattoo ahead of time to ensure proper time is given to complete the shading and the color you want is available.
What to consider when getting a color tattoo?
Here are the two biggest questions that may help you determine if your tattoo should be colorful, black and grey, or black.
- Do I have the right skin tone for color tattoos?
- Do I spend a lot of time in the sun?
The biggest difference between black and grey vs. color is your skin. The best color artist in the world can only do so much as colors go on a value scale of 1-10. 10 being the darkest. If your skin tone rests at a 5 then most colors with a value 4 or lighter will not be very vibrant.