Skin tones and ink colour schemes
Deciding on your tattoo you generally consider what design you want and the reasons why, and then where you want the tattoo to be placed, the size, ect, but one of the things which many people tend to overlook is the colouring of your tattoo and the skin tones that you have.
You need to consider the colour of the tattoo inks according to your skin colour and shade, it is advised that you take an expert's opinion from your tattoo artist on the potential issues when you come to the colour scheme you want on your tattoo, since they know exactly which colour and pattern will look good for your tattoo.
By using the right colours in a tattoo they can enhance its impact and beauty allowing your tattoo to stand out more so, but if the wrong combination of colours are picked, the tattoo could look distorted, smudged and even faded.
Here at the Tattoo Shop we have provided you with a rough guide for those who are interested in learning about the various ink colours suitable for different skin tone.
While choosing a colour scheme for your design, you can consult with your tattoo artist, as he is in a better place to make a judgement of which colours and patterns complement each other, the depth of the colour, the level of shading and fading.
While selecting colours and your tattoo, colours alone can be symbolic in providing subtle meanings and can convey its own message. Reds and blacks are known to symbolize depression, where as yellows conveys happiness.
However not all tattoo’s are determined by the choice of colour such as heart tattoos as traditionally these are symbolic to use red inks, rather than say greens, Colours and tattoo design go hand in hand, so there may be some designs that do not look good with certain colours, so you may need to change your chosen design or pattern.
Always look for the ingredients or enquire with your artist about the type of the coloured ink they use, many colours may contain certain chemicals that may not be suitable for your skin, or you may be allergic to certain ingredients in them, this would be something you need to point out to your artist before your session begins.
Tattoo colours for different skin tone
Tattoo ink is applied under the surface of the skin and remains in the layer called dermis, it basically means that your skin tone and pigments will be on top of the tattoo ink.
For Pale Skin
There has been a growing trend over the recent years of people wanting white based tattoos, instead of using black ink or any other colours. White tattoos can be very subtle and delicate, people choose white ink or skin coloured pastel colours when they really don't want to exhibit their thoughts or personal message to the public, but only to their loved ones.
White ink tattoos looks stunning on pale skin tones, in fact the paler the skin, the design stands out even more. They can look impressively delicate and beautiful. But there can be some major drawbacks, which is white can fade faster than darker inks especially when exposed to UV light rays, so you may need to be aware of this and maybe take some precaution in your decision if your tattoo is more of a white dominant based tattoo, it has also been known for white ink to slightly change into a yellow over a period of time.
Tattoo for Fair Skin
Fairer skin tone will generally be more compatible to all the colour scales except for yellows, which won't be as visible on your skin, but you can use this colour to fill in minor details of the pattern or design such as you can with white inks that are used for highlighting elements of your design.
Colours like reds, oranges, greens, blues, purples, and black would look more pronounced on fair and pale skin, however the only possible drawback is with the colour orange within tattoos if you are going for tattoo removal, the colour may not come off that easily.
So, choose your colours wisely. But saying that, if you have taken the time to consider the tattoo you want and the reasons why, your tattoo will be with you for life and it won’t be a decision that you would regret, therefore not needing your tattoo to be removed.
This is why we ask you to take your time in deciding on having a tattoo and more importantly where you want your tattoo to be on your body and the design of your new artwork.
Tattoo for brown skin
This skin tone can be more beneficial for darker colours of inks such as blues, reds, purples, and, black. Orange, yellows would be hard to see through your skin pigment, as they are bright colours to begin with, and this skin tone falls in between the pale skin tone and dark skin tone, so it may not be wise to go for these colours as a main theme of colours for your tattoo, However, you can choose these colours for highlighting purpose, or maybe, for inking fine details to highlight sections of your design.
Even shades of whites and greens would make your tattoo look more defined and would definitely show up on the skin tone.
Tattoo for Dark skin
People that have darker skin tones bright colours may not be suitable for your design and should keep in mind that the outline of your tattoo should be bolder and have a thicker outlining, this will help make the tattoo more prominent. Black and red ink would be more suitable rather than lighter shades of ink.
When in doubt about the skin tone you have, you should play safe and get a black ink tattoo, as a dominant palette for your design as this could saves you money plus the hassle of finding out which coloured inks maybe compatible to your shade of skin pigment.
Coloured tattoos provide a more noticeable design and can be fun to look at and to show off, but their maintenance cost can also be high depending how obsessed you are over your art and showing it off, you may need to visit your tattoo artist periodically to fill in the colours and for a bit of a future touch up.
Having said that, if you can carry it off and maintain it well from the start, then go ahead and colour your skin, and choose the best colour that won't fade and would last longer.
With the development of inks over the years the art form of tattooing has become a lot more professional in the tools used and the artists applying your tattoos, you first port of call for any questions and advice will be your tattoo artist.
For your tattoo artist it’s not just a job for them, it’s their passion.