ICYMI, Selena Gomez broke the internet when her go-to tattoo studio Bang Bang NYC finally revealed her new tattoo – a watercolor rose – on December 28. The dream design is the latest iteration of a major body art trend that has taken over your timelines and Pinterest boards: watercolor tattoos.
Pretty ink has grown in popularity in recent years for good reason. A watercolor tattoo can look like a museum-worthy painting, turning your body into a veritable canvas. “Watercolor is a popular technique because it’s just not the typical tattoo we’ve seen in decades,” NYC inked tattoo artist Koral Ladna says Bustle. “It’s quite new compared to other styles. Definitely the result of the evolution of tattoo technology. Tattoo artists love Baris Yesilbas and Amanda Wachob took the technique to the next level, creating jaw-dropping designs that helped ignite the tattoo trend.
But before you run to your tattoo artist and start planning your new watercolor ink, keep this in mind: you’ll need space to create that ethereal watercolor look. “Watercolor is about the rich textures of paint and transparent gradients,” says Ladna. “To create this illusion, we need space.” If you want a smaller, more delicate tattoo, talk to your tattoo artist about which design and colors would look best and last the longest.
Speaking of which, Ladna also shares that you should consider a design with a black outline. “This outline is the constant that will last 30-40 years from now, letting the color space change and evolve with your body.”
Now for the fun stuff. Read on for 10 dreamy watercolor tattoo ideas that will show off the beauty of the technique.