90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

By | 20 Oktober 2018

A watercolor tattoo will make you fall in love at first sight. It is so visually appealing that you’ll want one instantly. What’s different about this style is the fact that there aren’t that many harsh lines and outlines as in traditional tattooing. However, since tattoo artists wondered if it will stand the test of time, they started merging blurs and shades with a structure made of lines. The latter is supposed to hold the color in place. Even so, you’ll also see designs created out of splatters of color only. They are mesmerizing without a doubt.

Basically combining the watercolor painting, made with the help of a water-soluble binder, with the art of tattooing, the watercolor technique has gained popularity and fans among regular people, not only art lovers. The most chosen designs include parts of nature, such as beautiful flowers, animal portraits, but also abstract drawings that have no beginning or end. Watercolors are slightly transparent, so the color fades away into skin like it does on canvas. Both small and large compositions are transferred on people’s body with more or less meaning.

Lacking of hard edges, a watercolor tattoo will last just as long as a regular tattoo. If inked properly, there shouldn’t be any problems with it. I’m saying this because you might read negative things about it online. The truth is they’re all assumptions. Ink will not just disappear into your blood stream because it features less black ink, which is denser indeed. It will lose its intensity only if you expose it to sun or don’t pay enough attention to the aftercare procedure.

1. Galaxy on the forearm

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Blue, baby blue and purple are popular choices in color when a galaxy is inked, especially without outlines.

2. Rose touched by paint brush

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The delicacy of a rose is hard to express with dense colors and harsh edges, so the watercolor technique is key.

3. Butterfly envisioned in two ways

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This is a combination between a watercolor tattoo and a black and white tattoo with a defined outline and details.

4. From branch to branch

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Located on the side of a woman’s body, this composition comprises a bird that stands on a branch, as well as a rosary with beads.

5. Colors of the fall

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Tattoos made using this technique usually spread on bodies rather than be concentrated in one place.

6. Nature is geometry

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Unlike some people’s opinion, watercolor tattoos aren’t abstract. They may take geometrical forms like they do in this example.

7. A cute baby elephant

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Pastels and light colors match perfectly with cute designs depicting baby animals, such as this baby elephant.

8. Enjoying the smell of flowers

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Smells and sounds can be translated into colors. This is a visual treat full of vibrant colors that are nothing but positive.

9. Dream catcher with watercolor background

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The watercolor background is an upgrade brought to a traditional black and white tattoo of a dream catcher.

10. Abstract profiles combined with color splashes

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Just like you’d take a long look at a painting, you should also analyze this tattoo. It features two human profiles and splashes of complementary colors.

11. Sharp-less rose tattoo next to armbands

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A watercolor tattoo is not characterized by sharpness. This is really great for soft flowers, such as this rose.

12. The rainbow tree on forearm

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This rainbow tree requires the same movements artists use when working with a paintbrush. For some artists, using the tattooing machine or the paintbrush in case of a watercolor tattoo is the same thing.

13. A layered bird on the side

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The trick in obtaining different color intensities is layering. The tattoo artist starts by inking a light layer of color and then he or she adds more depending on how the final result should look like.

14. An artistic elephant silhouette

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The silhouette of this elephant is partially outlined. The splashes of color are added in the ear area and on its feet. Those choices are artistic marks.

15. Free form skull on the arm

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A watercolor tattoo is characterized by free form. This means the shapes are not enclosed in thick outlines or precise contours. Take this awesome skull as example!

16. The crispy colors of a bird

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Crispness is a feature of any tattoo’s colors. At least at the beginning it is.

17. Monochrome vibrance of swans

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Well, when using the word monochrome, I am usually referring to the use of one single color, which in this case is red because black and white are considered non-colors.

18. Blue flower in its light form

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Watercolor tattoos are so light that they seem like floating. I mean, look at this superb design!

19. Artificial blue rose on skin

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Blue roses don’t actually exist in real life, unless they are artificially made so. The good news is that you can get one on skin too thanks to this wonderful painting-like technique.

20. Flower with a skull-shaped core

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The core of this flower is masterfully shaped like a skull. The shape isn’t precise, which is exactly what water coloring is all about.

21. An abstract composition for the leg

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Human head as light bulb means idea. The background looks like an explosion of ideas. Inspired composition I’d say!

22. Shaped and shapeless butterfly

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The butterfly is a popular choice among women. It can be painted with the help of watercolors or shaped around with the same types of colors.

23. Half man, half animal

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A new age tattoo, this one consists of two faces split in half. One belongs to a woman and the other one to an animal.

24. A Tim Burton type of tree

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The imaginary worlds created by Tim Burton are fascinating. This tattoo looks like it belongs in one of those worlds thanks to the swirls and colors too.

25. Watercolors creating a half back piece

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The outline wasn’t totally left out of this tattoo design. Even so, the coloring is done using the aforementioned technique.

26. A nature-themed composition for the back

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The explosion of colors from this composition is more than you can ask from a watercolor tattoo. It is nature-themed and looks amazing!

27. Sea creatures directly on your arm

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Children’s books contain paintings that look similar to this tattoo. It’s like having a sea creature on your arm taken directly from the sea world for kids.

28. A special kind of dream catcher

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Every bead and feather attached to a classic dream catcher has a separate meaning. The watercolor’s purpose in this watercolor tattoo is to accentuate certain areas.

29. Never give up

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This is an amazing tattoo of a dragon-fly accompanied by lettering. It does not feature any harsh lines, but only splashes of color.

30. The purple and baby blue combination

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

You’ve already seen this combination of colors in multiple other tattoos that weren’t depicting flowers. This is because purple and baby blue are perfect matches.

31. Bird out of trees

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Although not a tattoo with a defined black outline, this tattoo does have a precise outline made of colors. Its inside shows a sort of forest.

32. I am everything I wanted to be

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Sometimes it’s best to keep reminding yourself positive things about you. Place that message on an explosion of colors and you’ll have an awesome watercolor tattoo.

33. Origami birds colored with watercolors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The origami bird itself is not perfect, so why would the coloring be?

34. Abstract tattoo with watery background

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Those colors that look splashy are usually combined with water. Did you know that you can also combine tattoo ink with water in order to obtain less dense colors?

35. Incredible realism on skin

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This tattoo is realistic in the way that it looks taken from a painting and placed on skin. Amazing, isn’t it?

36. A tree of all colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Some trees change colors every season, so this design isn’t surreal.

37. Lion’s face surrounded by space

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The lion is the sort of creature that has divine support, so the background around it makes total sense.

38. Bird stained with pretty colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Sometimes watercolor splashes are so abstract that they look like inspired stains.

39. Alchemy sign that looks like bad logo

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This could be either a combination of alchemy signs or a band logo. You can decide depending on your passions.

40. The cute storm trooper in action

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Star Wars tattoo aren’t something new. This little storm trooper is looking cute!

41. The fascination for purple and baby blue

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This is another design that was perfect for the usage of the most popular colors in watercolor tattoos category.

42. A contemporary portrait

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The most talented tattoo artists are experimenting with techniques, shapes, colors and styles too.

43. Composition for the thigh

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A tattoo that comprises more than three elements can safely be called a composition. This one includes happy colors, a parrot, clock and rose besides other ornamental elements.

44. Streaks of black ink

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Probably some sort of Asian symbol, this one is made of thick streaks of black ink.

45. Earth and beyond Earth

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A small back piece for women, this design has deeper meaning than a few lines and watercolors.

46. A owl of cold and warm colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Using cold and warm colors the right way is an art and must be taught.

47. Being trendy with a feather

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Feather designs are really trendy right now, especially those filled with watercolors.

48. Perfection without harsh lines

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A tattoo that completely lacks harsh lines is the perfect example of a watercolor tattoo.

49. The dream catcher and roses combination

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Dream catchers look great on thighs and backs. They look greater when combined with roses and shadings that give them a 3D effect.

50. Simplistic lion face made of watercolors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Sometimes you don’t need more than a couple of contouring lines to come up with the perfect animal portrait.

51. Polar bear caressed by night

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Both geometric and watercolor tattoo, this one is an invention of the modern artist.

52. Fairy wings for pink-haired girl

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This pair of fairy wings is genius! It is most certainly characteristic to this girl since she has pink hair.

53. Dotwork and watercolors in the same place

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

It goes without saying that any tattooing technique can be combined with another.

54. A perfect rose behind the ear

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Watercolor tattoos may be tiny and placed in hidden body parts like behind the ear. Large examples are just more spectacular.

55. Wings create a halo

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

The magic of the wings create a colorful color splash and a halo.

56. Baby lion on a woman’s thigh

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Baby animals are cuter than their adult version.

57. Watercolor giving life to kitty

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A few color splashes here and there and a kitty is born!

58. An innovative flower design

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Although the shape is right and the colors too, this design is still innovative thanks to the color streaks.

59. Colors leaking off of an owl

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Watery leaks of color are characteristic to the watercolor technique and may be applied in case of any design.

60. Outlined butterfly shoots colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This outlined butterfly is so amazing that it shoots colors around it!

61. Bird leaving colors behind

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Airplanes leave marks on the sky when they fly across it, so why wouldn’t birds leave color traces when they fly?

62. Feather rests on fluffy watercolors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Watercolors may look fluffy! Yes, you’ve heard this right! Fluffy!

63. Cold colors vs. warm colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

This Leo has an authentically colored face which creates contrast with the cold blue strokes.

64. Paya in gradient colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Chromatic choices are crucial for this tattoo category.

65. Gradient colors and color splashes on flower

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Flowers aren’t preferred for ankles, but it turns out they have a lot of potential!

66. Personal message on watercolor background

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Unfortunately I can’t tell what language is this, but the idea behind this tattoo is simple and effective.

67. Merging physical and metaphysical with colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

If you look closely, you’ll notice a few symbols that are beyond common flower types.

68. A sketchy watercolor design

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Watercolors look good on sketches too because they contribute to volume aspects.

69. Delicate feather soaked in ink

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Tens of years ago people used feather to write on paper. This feather made me think of those times because it looks like it was entirely soaked in ink and now it’s dripping.

70. Baby pink and baby blue feather

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

In addition to the purple and baby blue color association, here’s a shade of baby pink that blends in just right!

71. A flower bud on wrist

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Tiny flowers as tiny tattoos might be for you if you are into this style!

72. A puzzle of dreams

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Black and white plus watercolors equals masterpiece! This little girl is gazing at a gate to the universe, making plans.

73. Hummingbird on the side

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Considered a design for women, the hummingbird can fly in any direction and it used to be considered a vessel for the reincarnated dead warriors by the Aztecs.

74. Infinite love for one pet

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Watercolors may only serve as background for multiple tattoos.

75. An erotic use of colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Although not featuring a defined shape, these colors together with the girl’s portrait and mimics are highly erotic.

76. Only for you to understand

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A watercolor tat may give you the freedom to create something that only you will understand.

77. The wind blows in colors too

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

It’s said that everything created on paper or skin is already found in nature under different instances.

78. Same idea, more colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Dry blowing in watercolors mixed with water and you’ll obtain the exact same effect.

79. Feeling more or less

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Pieces of our heart can love intensely while others are asleep. All this with watercolors.

80. Not everything is black and white

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

A consecrated design, this is the proof it looks great in colors too.

81. Geometry tattoos and color splashes

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Geometry tattoos don’t lack seriousness if they are splashed with colors.

82. No lies in abstract

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Inspiring and hard to figure out, this is definitely a design that will pass the test of time.

83. Friendly-faced dog or wolf

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Colors contribute to one’s seemingly friendly or not so friendly face.

84. Girl coloring herself

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Would you ink yourself if you were talented? Many tattoo artists have at least one tattoo on their skin inked by them. Some practice on their own skin.

85. A very fluffy tree

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Is it just me or these colors have a very fluffy appearance? I bet clouds look genius in watercolors.

86. Time and a vortex of colors

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Time, colors and others are concepts created by man and explained by man too. A vortex of colors will not solve our existential problems, but it will solve the visual aspect.

87. Four leaf clover and a heart

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Take a four leaf clover, replace one leaf with a heart, and there you have it! An original tattoo design!

88. The snake that stole the dream catcher

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

As far as I know, there isn’t any legend regarding a snake and a dream catcher.

89. Simplistic wings in turquoise

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Disproportional and not outlined enough, these wings are simplistic and partially turquoise.

90. Doggy becomes an astronaut

90 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas That Turn Skin Into Canvas

Flawlessly drawn, inked and really cute, this tat isn’t accurate or makes too much sense. However, it is based on the watercolor technique and it is not something that you see very often like feathers, birds and other common designs. I hope no one is sending doggies in space!

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