Today, getting inked is fashionable again, be it to express oneself, to beautify the body or simply for the love of tattooing. However, before getting inked, you should always be careful about selecting the appropriate tattoo color for your skin tone, and we are here to help you make your choice. Stick around to find out which tattoo color will suit your skin tone.
Did You Know
Lucky Diamond Rich, born as Gregory Paul Mclaren, has offered his whole body as a canvas for tattoo artists and is known for being 100 tattooed. And by whole body, we mean his entire body including the insides of his ears, and gaps between the toes are inked. Not satisfied with having been inked all over, he decided to cover these tattoos with black ink, and now, is being tattooed with white and colored designs on his black tattoos.
People express themselves in different ways, through poetry, acting, singing, blogging, while some get a tattoo on their body. There is certainly no harm in getting one, but you should always keep one thing in mind, a tattoo is gonna be permanently there on your body, unless you decide to remove it. So, lovebirds, think twice before writing the name of you love anywhere on your body, you never know when things may head south, and you may regret that decision.
Now, that you have decided to get a tattoo, obviously you know what design you want, where you want it, how big or small the design should be. But the one thing which many people tend to overlook is the color of the tattoo. You need to decide on the color of the tattoo according to your skin color and hue, of course, it is advised that you take an expert’s opinion―a tattoo artist’s―on this issue, since they know exactly which color and pattern will look good on your skin.
The right colors in a tattoo can enhance its beauty and make it stand out, but if the wrong combination of colors are picked, the tattoo could look really ugly, smudgy, and faded. We, at Buzzle, have provided a rough guide for those who are interested to learn about the various tattoo colors suitable for different skin tone, be it dusky, pale, dark, or even a hint of olive.
Tips to Remember
► While choosing a color, always consult your tattoo artist, as he/she is a better judge of which color and patterns complement each other.
► You can try getting a temporary tattoo, just to get an idea on how the tattoo would actually look like; this also allows you to make changes if desired.
► Be careful while selecting colors, as colors also are symbolic and convey a message. Red and black are known to symbolize depression, while yellow conveys happiness. So choose wisely.
► Colors and tattoo design go hand in hand, so there may be some designs that do not look good with certain colors, so you may need to change your chosen design or pattern.
► Always look for the ingredients of the colored ink, many colors may contain certain chemicals that may not be suitable for your skin, or you may be allergic to them.
Tattoo colors for different skin tone
Tattoo ink is deposited under the skin and remains in the layer called dermis, which lies under the layer of the skin you can see. It basically means that your skin tone and pigments will be on top of the tattoo ink, and the ink actually goes inside your body and leaves an imprint on the outer portion.
For Pale Skin
►There has been a growing trend of getting white tattoos, where instead of black or any other color, tattoo artists use white color. White tattoos are very subtle and delicate, and people opt for them when they really don’t wanna exhibit their thoughts or personal message to the public, but only to their loved ones.
White ink tattoos looks amazing on pale skin; in fact, paler the skin, the design stands out even more. They look really delicate and beautiful, just like lacework on a white piece of cloth. But it has major drawbacks, because it fades really fast, especially when exposed to UV rays, so you may need to take some precaution there. White ink tattoos are sported by Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss.
► Fair skin tone generally supports all the colors, except yellow, which won’t be visible on your body, it will look more like a weird scar, but you can use this color to fill in minor details of the pattern or design.
► Colors like red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black would look beautiful on fair and pale skin; however, the only drawback is with orange color tattoos, if you are going for tattoo removal, the color may not come off that easily. So, choose your colors wisely.
For Brown Skin
► This skin tone can really pull off darker colors like blue, red, purple, and, black. Orange, and, yellow would be hard to see, as they are bright colors, and this skin tone falls in between the pale skin tone and dark skin tone, so it would not be wise to go for these colors.
► However, you can choose these colors for highlighting purpose, or maybe, for inking small details.
► Even shades of white and green would look beautiful and would definitely show up on the skin, even if you decide to get a tan.
For Dark Skin
► Individuals with dark skin should not opt for bright or glittery color and should keep in mind that the border or the outline of the tattoo should be bold and not thin, this will help make the tattoo more prominent.
► Opt for black and red, as any lighter shade would give your tattoo a weird, ugly look, also the colors won’t be visible.
► When in doubt about the skin tone, you should play safe and get a black ink tattoo, saves you money plus the hassle.
Colored tattoos are cool and fun to look at, but their maintenance cost is also high; you may need to visit your tattoo artist periodically to fill in the colors, or for a re-touch. Having said that, if you can carry it off and maintain it, then go ahead and color your skin, and choose the best color that won’t fade and would last longer.