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Tattoo color

Skin color

Essential thing for tattoo color is the tone and color of the skin. Yes, the skin is not paper. The pigment color of our skin (melanin) is brown-yellow. The more we tan, the more melanin we have in the skin, and the more the original tattoo color is distorted to yellow-brown. When the tan disappears, the shade returns to the original.

  • Dark skin - black stays black, colors (especially light) won't be much visible. Overall, simple black tattoos such as lettering, tribal, ornaments, polynesia are suitable for dark skin.

  • Red skin - black will be blue, blue will be distorted to green, red will be as it should be. For this type of skin we recommend color tattoos without large black areas.

  • White skin - black becomes dark gray, colors are saturated and accurate. Any tattoo is suitable for this type of skin.

  • Others - most people are not "pure" type, but mixed. The color changes of the pigment are not as pronounced as in the pure types.

Ink Overlap

For tattoos it works like this: black color always overlaps any other color. It does not matter if we do black over any other color or over any black color (even healed) - it will be black after healing. This is the main reason why tattoo overlays are always more complex than fresh skin tattoos. The image must be selected so that the black of the overlay hits the black of the original tattoo.


Purpose and use of colors

If the tattoo has contours, with 90 % it is black. Reason one, they look good and make a good contrast with color and skin. Reason two, the black outlines, unlike others, appear even after healing without light and dark spots. Black tattoos are shaded either by black color mixed with water or by mixing black and white. The color is either uniformly put over black shadows or by mixing colors with white and black to achieve the desired shade.

Basic black

Most often you will see black in tattooing. This is because black gives the best contrast to skin color, can be simply shaded and heals well. It's also true that black tattoos are less conspicuous and in many cases look more decent. Once you decide to remove the tattoo, black color is better than any other color. It is much better being removed by laser. Of the shortcomings of black, one can only mention that it is getting grey and can also have a blue tint depending on the skin tone. But this problem with today's professional ink has almost disappeared.


Complementary red

The second by popularity color is red. This color looks great on the body! Red color change its tint the least of all the colors after healing.Today you can find interesting ideas such as tattoos made only in red, but we do not recommend them in terms of quality and durability. And beware, red shades cause allergic reactions more often than other colors.


Blue with surprise

Although the blue color on the body looks absolutely amazing, this color has two disadvantages: it is getting green after tan (green color theory) and just as green color, is badly removed by laser.


White and light shades

Although many people are attracted by the idea of white tattoos, today's reality puts these ideas into our dreams. Fresh white tattoo looks absolutely amazing. But, immediately after healing, the appearance of scars remains on the skin, which in turn white into yellow over time. Everything we see today on the Internet is fresh work or one in a thousand individuals with very little pigment in their skin. Likewise, it is with attempts to paint larger areas with white paint. And with larger areas we mean everything that is over 5 × 5 mm. When attempting to color the white areas, lumps are created and the white color turns yellow. You ask, so what's the white color even good for? We use white to highlight light reflections and smaller details such as teeth and eyes in portraits.

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