Watercolor Style Tattoo Ideas and Inspiration

From the outside, the tattoo culture looks to be one close knit community.  They have to, right?  Through the years they have been the victim of fear mongering and the stigma that tattoos are for convicted felons only.  The smaller world that we are living in today though has given plenty of people a good glimpse at how the community is really like.  They too can be divided by something like a new style of tattooing.

This is happening right now with the whole watercolor tattoo style which is basically emulating the look of watercolor art.  The style is picking up a lot of attention because it does look great, especially when done right. So if it looks great, how come there are artists and collectors who are so vehemently against it?

The reasoning why the style should not fly is that it will not hold up well.  It is important to understand that the ink in your skin will not stay that way forever.  It will gradually blot which is why a lot of people are claiming that watercolor style tattoos with their undefined borders will look like a blob of colors somewhere down the road.

Since this style is barely new, there is still insufficient data how these tattoos would look like a decade or so after being done.  So for people on the fence, it is a matter of wait and see.

And then there are also those who reason out that all tattoos would eventually fade with time so if that's the reason holding you back from getting a watercolor style of tattoo, then you might not as well get inked in the first place.

With all that said, here are some watercolor tattoo style ideas that could tickle your fancy in case you decide that the risk of getting a tat in this style is worth taking.

Watercolor Style Tattoo
Inspired by Alice's conversation with the Caterpillar. Inked by Steve Oker at Hart and Huntington Tattoo in Orlando, Florida

Watercolor Spirit Fox Tattoo
Watercolor Spirit Fox by Rodrigo Tas, São Paulo Brazil

Watercolor Frog Tattoo
Watercolor Frog by KC Lange in Bellingham WA

Watercolor Lioness Tattoo
Watercolor Lioness by Aura at Steel Ink in Heartland MI

Watercolor Owl Tattoo
Watercolor Owl by Russell Van Schaick at Hart and Huntington in Orlando, Florida

Watercolor Swallow Tattoo
Watercolor Swallow by Justin at Seattle Ink and Oil

Purple Watercolor Rose Tattoo
Purple Watercolor Rose tattoo by Keith Cromie of Side Show Studios Sacramento, CA

Watercolor Ox Tattoo
Watercolor Ox by Logan Bramlett, Wanderlust Tattoo Society, Akron Ohio

Watercolor Fox Tattoo
Watercolor Fox by Ray at Blu Gorilla in Charleston SC

Watercolor Hummingbird Tattoo
Watercolor Hummingbird by Amy Zager at Tattoo Factory in Chicago

Watercolor Koi Fish Tattoo
Watercolor Koi Fish by Russell from Hart and Huntington Orlando, Florida

Watercolor Lion Tattoo
Watercolor Lion by James Hurley at Eclectic Tattoo Lansing, Michigan

Watercolor Mandalorian Star Wars Tattoo
Watercolor Mando by William (Bill) Volz, Immortal Images, Charlotte

Watercolor Mermaids Tattoo
Watercolor Mermaids by Mikey Ruck of Catalyst Arts Collective in Independence, Missouri

Watercolor Octopus Tattoo
Watercolor Octopus by Andrew of Neon Dragon Tattoo, Cedar Rapids IA

Watercolor Owl Tattoo
Watercolor Owl by JohnnyJinx of the Broken Clover Social Club, Tucson, AZ

Watercolor Phoenix Tattoo
Watercolor Phoenix by Victor Octaviano at Puros Cabrones Tattoo, Santo André, Brazil

Watercolor Poppies Tattoo
Watercolor Poppies by Jon at Studio XIII in Cocoa Beach, FL

Watercolor Poppy Tattoo
Another Watercolor Poppy by Ben Reiter, at Broken Clover Tattoo, Tucson, AZ

Watercolor Tree Tattoo
Watercolor Tree by Amanda Pepper at Thunderdome in St. Louis

The style is really something huh?  Keep in mind though that not all tattoo artists can pull this style off.  So if you really want something like the tattoos above, do some research.  Find the artist in your locality who has done this style and has pulled it off.  You can always ask for a picture of their work before you confirm with them.  There's also the alternative of going to a nearby city, or state even just to get one of these lovely inks.