Watercolor Tattoo Artists
Watercolor tattoo artists can do anything a watercolor artist can do in ink form.
They can even make ink look thinned out by the water, or make ink look like it is thick paint on a canvas.
The artists below will show you the many different ways that watercolor artists can design and tattoo their works.
- Amanda Wachob, Los Angeles
Amanda Wachob’s best work lies in the abstract.
Her abstract work involves pieces that look like a more simple composition of plant matter as well as colorful swirls that are striking.
She also has a knack for body placement, tattooing flowers on the body’s curves in unusual but pleasing formations.
Her watercolor work can go from delicate flowers to bold swirls of color, showing that she is a dynamic artist.
- Renato Vivoli, Germany
Renato plays with complementary colors, often orange and blue, and uses the watercolor style.
His watercolor phoenix tattoos show long orange feathers that transform into blue and sometimes are paired with a blue face of a woman.
He often creates what looks like large strokes of paint with objects on the surface and isn’t afraid to use dark subject matter.
- June Jung, Los Angeles
June Jung uses a lot of flowers in her work, but they are not all delicate pastels.
Some use bold colors that seem to come from a mystical land or even paradise.
Her watercolor bird tattoos accent the bird with flowers and stems.
Her watercolor sunflower tattoos along with many of her flower tattoos look very natural and could fit in well sketched into an old-fashioned storybook.
- Baris Yesilbas, NYC
Mixing black ink designs with watercolor enchantments, Baris uses a combination of styles to create masterpieces.
For example, he has used black ink to gently sketch out half of a cat’s face which is surrounded by punches of watercolor billowing out from the subject.
He does this with many animals, images of space, and other images.
- Georgia Grey, NYC
Georgia’s watercolor works mix black lines with light strokes of color to create delicate pieces.
Her subject matter includes flowers, donuts, even words with an explosion of color behind them.
The way she tattoos objects truly looks as though they were painted and are composed of such detailed shading that the client is like a real-life canvas.
- Yeliz Ozcan, Turkey
Yeliz Ozcan makes tattoos that on the surface seem delicate but tend to carry something about them that is bold and hard to keep your eyes off of.
She often designs animals and flowers which are executed completely in the watercolor style.
Other times, she uses black lines to create large figures such as Frida Kahlo and fills in the body and decorations with strokes of color.
- Simona Blanar, Czech Republic
Simona Blanar is known for her large works such as sleeves and thigh pieces.
In these large tattoos, color takes the lead.
The composition is well-balanced and light color, like a fog in the sky, is used to separate figures and objects.
The tattoos often feel magical and wondrous.
- Ewa Sroka, Poland
Ewa Sroka’s tattoos are bold and vibrant, appearing perhaps to be inspired by graffiti.
Sroka uses thick black lines in highly saturated colors reminiscent of large murals seen on the walls of buildings.
Their subjects include rabbits, sunflowers, pugs, and tropical scenes.
Sroka’s work is so rich in color that it has the power to attract a lot of attention.
- Koray Karagozler, Germany
Koray may just be one of the most skilled watercolor artists out there.
Karagozler, however, does not just use the watercolor style.
She uses seems as if to use oil paint in her work!
That’s because her tattoo work looks so real and thick almost like oil paint.
The rest of her work is true to the watercolor style, existing among geometric forms.
- Jules Boho, Austria
Jules Boho likes to pair black inked objects and animals with fantastic displays of watercolor style color.
Not only is her use of color on the mark, but her composition holds each work together even when a lot is going on in the subject matter.
She has the ability to transform a flower into a geometric shape and make famous paintings into tattoos.
- Julia Rehme, Germany
Julia Rehme’s work is full of interesting abstractions.
She tattoos formations of curved watercolor style lines, some appearing like rock striations or a thin piece of a galaxy far away.
Also designing tattoos of flower abstractions, she makes messy lines look beautiful.
These watercolor flower tattoos are done in black with a loose and natural composition.
- Marco Pepe, Italy
Marco Pepe is clearly inspired by graffiti in what he calls a hard-painting watercolor style.
He transforms faces and animals by incorporating a pop of color that sometimes goes outside the lines.
He even experiments with abstractions, creating compositions to be in awe of or even ones that make you think.
- Pablo Ortiz, Spain
Pablo can tattoo landscapes on someone’s arm and make it look like he was actually using watercolor paint.
He also does abstractions, animals, and mythological creatures.
Many of his tattoos appear magical, but most of them just look like they were truly painted on a canvas.
- Adrian Bascur, NYC
The work of Adrian Bascur is very delicate yet complex.
He puts a lot of detail into his tattoos with hard lines but almost always incorporates some watercolor style ink in his work.
His subjects in the tattoos are commonly animals and birds, especially watercolor hummingbird tattoos.
He also has done watercolor butterfly tattoos, such as a dandelion surrounded by two butterflies with a painterly blue and pink background.
- Diana López Coello, Spain
Diana’s watercolor tattoos can be of practically any subject.
Usually, she tattoos detailed black-lined subjects filled in with watercolor-like strokes with a colorful background that adds also to the tattoo’s composition.
She is especially adept at watercolor rose tattoos, in which she has many variations.
One example uses only the color red and shows a full rose with its stem, seeming as though the water from the paint has started to bleed in some areas.
- Andrea Kroki, Italy
Much like Jackson Pollock, Andrea Kroki makes the backgrounds of his tattoos appear as if the paint was splashed on them.
This traveling tattoo artist based in Sicily also is not afraid to use bold colors.
He also specializes in abstraction, watercolor floral tattoos, and large back pieces.
Sometimes in these tattoos, the element of abstraction is just as important in the work as the object itself.
- Jamaica Corridori, Italy
Jamaica Corridori is a self-named kawaii and Disney fanatic– and it shows.
Apart from flower tattoos, her tattoos tend to feature a character.
To each character, she adds a spray paint looking background that appears to stretch outward like a thin fog.
She succeeds in filling in the characters with light ink that in fact appears like it was watercolor.
Her work is exuberant, fun, and playful.
- Maggie Paletta, Germany
Maggie Paletta does large back pieces and sleeves with some gorgeous watercolor tattoos.
She is famous for her bouquets: she composes arrangements of flowers painted in the watercolor style and with excellent composition.
Paletta tattoos these flowers, as well as other scenes, in a realistic way.
However, she does offer her own style of abstraction, which involves almost sketched black ink and light and airy color overlaid.
- Kirian, Germany
Kirian uses the watercolor style to lightly tattoo in color flowers, people, and other objects, along with abstract backgrounds.
His tattoos tend to stretch vertically with the background of strokes or color or what is meant to appear as dots of paint following suit.
- Chen Jie, Beijing
Chen Jie‘s tattoo style is unusual in the fact that she uses black and grey mostly as her watercolor color palette.
This technique is extremely successful, especially when a little bit of red is added to add even more intrigue.
Her tattoos are clearly inspired by ancient Chinese paintings– and they look like them, too.
- Jay Freestyle, Amsterdam
Typically doing large works, Jay is known for large faces, typically of women, adorned with flowers or abstract decorations.
His watercolor works border on being watercolor pinups (a very modern form).
But that’s not all he does.
He has tattooed skulls, leopards, and cougars, all elaborately adorned with decorations and seeming to have been ‘painted’.
- Ondrash, Czech Republic
Ondrash is obsessed with the abstract.
As if he has paint on the tip of his machine gun, he devises new and interesting ways to make colors move together around the body.
His colors are highly saturated and often blend into each other.
When he tattoos objects or animals, he always makes sure there’s an element of colors moving together like a magical wind.
- Paulo Victor Skaz, Brazil
Paula Victor Skaz is a painter himself and seems to often use painting to further develop his tattoo style.
His faces look like they melting as if the paint is dripping down, and his abstract work is as though many brush strokes were layered together.
Many of his tattoos appear as if loosely sketched together with highly unique compositions.
- Mukyeon, South Korea
Mukyeon is famous for flowers with black stems and large blue or red petals.
The stems are so light they can look almost transparent as if they used watercolor paint mixed with a lot of water.
Sometimes, the stems and leaves move in all different directions creating an abstract flower.
He’s also tattooing completely abstract works that look like combined brush strokes in asymmetrical compositions.
- Diane, Moscow
Each flower is dramatic and elaborate appearing as if she used painterly strokes.
The flower arrangements are large and placed on the thigh or arm.
Her watercolor rose tattoos are made in a similar fashion: they have wide petals and decorative arrangements of buds and stemmed flowers.
- Dara Morgan, Moscow
Dara often uses dark colors like black, teal, mauve, and the various colors one would see on deadfall leaves.
Her watercolor floral tattoos are light and airy, accented with large rosebuds.
In fact, much of her work is inspired by nature tattoo designs.
There is a sort of tropical essence to her work, yet it is moody and at times dark.
- Marta Pari, Italy
Marta uses many characters from popular culture.
She also likes to tattoo flowers that are bold and colorful.
She uses dabs of color as a light background to the followers, which are filled in completely with color which often splashes over the lines.
- Tim Mueller, Los Angeles
Tim Mueller is known for his extreme abstraction, combining imagery of brush strokes in scribbles and lines with shading.
His other work of subjects such as animals and city landscapes are also abstract in the way that they are simply outlined with black ink or only parts such as the dogs’ ears in black.
The images are then filled in loosly with what looks like choppy strokes of color.
It may be time to develop more subgenres of the art of watercolor tattoos, or perhaps a new style completely.
So many of these artists have a new perspective, compared to what watercolor meant to people in the past.
One thing they do all have in common is they make ink on skin look like paint on a canvas, and they do this incredibly.
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