Here are two important tips to know before getting that tattoo if you have dark skin or darker skin tones.

There is a misconception that people get tattoos removed because they no longer like what the tattoo represents as much as they did when they were younger, or it is a result of a bad ending to a romantic relationship. However, the truth is that tattoos look and age differently depending on color of ink and the person’s skin tone. Tattoo removal is common among people with darker skin tones because most of the tattoo advice available today is geared toward lighter complexions, leaving others with faded tattoos. Vamoose has special expertise with darker skin tone tattoo removal.

Tip #1:  Work with your tattoo artist on your color options

Tattoo artists recommend that tattoos on dark skin stick to black and grey ink, but your tattoo artist should be able to guide you to colors that will work with your complexion if you have your heart set on a colorful tattoo. In addition to being a flattering shade, the artist can tell you if the color will show up at all. For example, purple does not contrast well with dark skin tones and yellow may actually disappear after some time. How fast the color fades also depends on how dark the tone is.

Tip #2:  Know your body and your tattoo artist before getting your tattoo

Black skin may keloid faster, which is the overgrowth of scar tissue that develops around a wound. If you know already that you are prone to keloids, then let your tattoo artist know in advance. Ask your tattoo artist if he or she has experience with dark skin tattoos and ask to see pictures of their work. He or she may be able to adjust the way they tattoo for your session – perhaps reducing power or not scratching over the same spot too much.

Tattoos and tattoo removals are for everyone, regardless of skin type or tone. However, the way we approach getting these things should be individualized, as there is no one right way for everyone.

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