Elize Nazelie has started doing watercolor tattoos! If you guys have followed critink for a while you know she’s my artist (and her other stuff is out of control good) and I’m stoked she’s started doing this! I’m seriously just posting this because I’ve gotten soooo many questions about finding an artist who does this lately!
[Elize] tattoos at [Brilliance Tattoo], Boston, MA.
BOOM. Also, I would book soon because she’s currently one of two artists in the US that’s doing this kind of style now and since most of us can’t afford the plane ticket to Europe, I’m pretty sure she’s going to start filling up her schedule with these…
So I’ve probably had a dozen asks about watercolor type tattoos (and they just keep coming) that I’ve put off answering because I’m not really sure.
Basically, what I can tell you is this:
- All tattoos will fade, hard outline or not. The pigments in inks and our understanding of tattooing is constantly improving—the tattoos we get today won’t fade like the tattoos our grandparents got!
- Outlines create contrast. Even when your tattoo fades, dark black line swill help others’ eyes make sense of what’s on your arm. If you look at the semi-shaded outlines on this piece I’ve posted, you’ll see slight, barely-there outlines look great in watercolor tattoos and will help the tattoo age.
- Not having a black line will have your tattoo become fuzzier faster, because of the contrast question.
- You can always get it touched up. And no matter what tattoo you want, you’ll probably have to. With watercolor tattoos, however, you’ll probably just want to get them touched up sooner.
I would like a critique on my tattoo. Not really sure what I want it to be critiqued on, just would like your opinion on it. It’s a Marion Bolognesi watercolor piece… It was done by Mike Bolerjack in Metairie, Louisiana.
Sorry I keep cutting off everyone’s long stories, but I wanna talk aesthetics here.
I’ve seen this watercolor series before and I love it. Your artist did a really good job translating it onto skin! If you look at how water color naturally pools, it ends up with a thicker line around the edges. Your artist not only picked up on that, but the use of it will help your tattoo age better and keep it’s original form.
So great job! Good example of how something can translate well between mediums if done right.