Black and Grey or Color

One of the hardest decisions to make when selecting a tattoo is the choice of color: do you choose a tattoo with a rainbow of pigment? Or do you go straightforward in black and gray? There are benefits and downfalls to each choice, so today we’ll examine both types of tattoos. And by the way thanks Irish Jay(Selden) for the color tat and Mike(Huntington) for the black and grey. You guys are the bomb!


Black and Gray Tattoos

Black and gray is the original – the oldest form of tattoos. Performed by the proper artist, a regular black and gray tattoo can produce stunning results. The work is described as “black and gray” because the highlights of the tattoo are natural flesh that is not tattooed, and occasionally, some white is added to the tattoo for a more dramatic effect.


Some of the ingredients in black tattoo ink can be found in common India art ink. All of the ingredients found in black tattoo ink as well as color ink are 100 percent non-toxic and safe. At least at Tattoo Lou’s they are! (can’t speak for other shops) There is a real cool company called Technical Tattoo Supply that know all about tattoo ink manufacturing…google it. They make all sorts of tattoo supplies and equipment. Everybody says they are the best around.


Black and gray tattoos are the most resilient to damage from the sun. If you find yourself outside a great deal and refuse to wear sunblock (which, come on – you should!), a black and gray tattoo is a better choice for you.



Full-Color Tattoos

Generally speaking full color tattoos can open up another world for you and your artist. Color can give your tattoo dimension and life….. or death if you don’t go to Tattoo Lou’s.


Basically, do you prefer black and white photos or do you prefer color photos? Most people will tell you, “I love both.” If your one of those people then your most likely not gonna just get one tattoo. One thing to keep in mind is that lighter skin tones show off color tattoo ink better than darker skin tones. Tattoos are not any different than drawing on a dark brown piece of paper or drawing on a white piece of paper. Obviously the white paper will make the color look more vivid and brighter.


In order for color tattoos to retain their color, you must keep them out of the sun. The UVA and UVB rays from the sun can break down inks in a matter of years, so much so that even a single bad sunburn could cause your tattoo to lose some of its original luster.



Which is More Painful: Color or Black and Gray?

Black and gray tattoos don’t hurt as much as color tattoos(in theory). The main reason for this is that with a color tattoo, you must apply pigment to every square inch of the skin. With black and gray, shading is achieved using less pigment than a color tattoo would require, so it is less painful. HOWEVER. Both will hurt so good you will not seem to give a damn!

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