If you search the internet you will find many people debating, sometimes arguing realistic or realism tattoos vs. traditional tattoos. You will probably find many older, veteran tattoo artists voting for traditional and younger going for realism. Well, with over 7 billion people in the world, I think there is plenty of room for both!
Like the title of this page says, realistic tattoo ideas are endless. That is because realistic tattooing is about making the image on your skin look as close to real life as possible. Literally, anything you can think of could be tattooed, any picture or any object.
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One thing to think about is the size. The more detailed your image the bigger the tattoo will need to be. Your artist will definitely give you his or her opinion as to what they think they are capable of.
Realistic tattoos can be done in black in white only or color as well. They most likely will not have the bold outlines found in traditional styles of tattoos. Many artists will use shading and color contrasts to create the detail in the image.
The Big Debate
The biggest question with realistic tattoos is, with the lack of the bold outlines, how will the tattoo look 10, 15, 20 years from now? Well obviously most tattoos aren’t going to look as good 20 years from now but how quickly will these start to fade?
Tattoos can fade or distort over time for a number of reasons. Ink placed too deep in the skin can move outside of the intended areas as cells move. Some skin cells die taking the ink with it making the tattoo lighter.
This sets up smaller tattoos with a lot of detail for distortion down the road. Since the artist will have to use fine lines, they can become easily blurred with time. Larger tattoos may have a better chance of success.
Also, since tattoos only hold about 60% of the original ink put in it, this is another reason why they can fade over time. If the tattoo took a long time to heal and held less than 60%, it may fade faster. Lighter, pastel colors tend to fade quicker than black as well.One way to help your tattoo last longer might be to go over it again with a second session.
So, those are just a few things to think about when deciding on an image for your realistic tattoo. The only thing that really matters is that you like it!
It might look good for 5 years or it might look good for 10 years. But as long as you are happy then it’s worth it!