Consider this: If you were painting with watercolor, each color you used would appear differently depending on the shade of the canvas behind it. Tattoos work on a similar logic — different skin tones and complexions the canvas take colored ink differently. Getting the scheme wrong could leave your tattoo with little impact, looking dull and faded from the start. Considering the basics of color tattoos before walking into the shop will help you and your tattoo artist find the right scheme and combination for your skin. More melanin is produced when your skin is exposed to the sun, so it causes skin to darken, or tan, when exposed to the sun. People with fairer skin have little melanin, and they also will produce less under sunlight.
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For Black and Brown people, deciding to get a tattoo often requires some in-depth research prior to going under the needle. When I got my first tattoo last year, I sifted through Google and looked through Instagram to find a well-reviewed tattoo artist who knew how to properly ink my melanated skin and showcased their work on diverse skin tones. Because the unsettling reality is, not every tattoo artist does. Even though people of color are deeply connected to tattoo history , the industry has long been shaped by racism and colorism, with many artists failing to train themselves on darker skin, omitting tattoos on melanin-rich skin from their portfolio, or turning away clients of color completely.
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The internet is full of tattoo artists to follow , styles to bookmark, and travel dates to keep up with for clients looking for the perfect artist to execute their piece. While anyone looking to get a new tattoo can log on and search through countless pages of inspiration via apps like Instagram and Pinterest, there can be a lack of examples of tattoos on dark skin, often leaving clients of color feeling confused as to which options are available for them. There are a number of pervasive myths floating around when it comes to tattooing darker skin , and what people see online often seems to confirm those misconceptions.
But for people with dark skin tones, this prep work can raise some pretty serious questions. If you take a quick scroll through any tattoo inspo page, it might be a while before you see a design on someone with dark skin—and you might not see anyone at all. And it's no secret that this lack of representation can make people question if the tattoo they want—or any tattoo at all—is even possible for their skin tone. To help set the record straight, I reached out to dermatologist Joyce I. A post shared by Brittany humblebeetattoo.