How To Tell A Good Tattoo From A Bad Tattoo

For individuals beyond the tattoo industry, it may be hard to tell if a tattoo is bad. Think it or not, however, lots of people out there don’t understand that their tattoo is poorly done. However, for those of you that wish to guarantee that you go to an artistically and technically qualified artist, listed below you will find some essential elements to search for in a tattoo.

A great tattoo should have fully saturated black, color and shading. When it recovers, there should not be gaps or shapes in the tattoo that show it wasn’t completed properly. The lines of a tattoo must be crisp, straight, and constant throughout the tattoo. Wonky lines are a big indicator of an unskilled artist. How a tattoo heals is a huge sign of a good tattoo vs a bad tattoo. If a tattoo scars, blows out or straight up falls out of the skin, it’s a bad tattoo.


It doesn’t take a specialist to inform if a tattoo is crooked, but lots of people outside of the industry may not acknowledge the guidelines surrounding placement. To begin with, if a tattoo is an admitted it must in general be dealing with in towards the body vs away. Second, the text should appear upside down to the user. Third, you ought to never put a tiny tattoo in the middle of a large canvas. A tattoo requires a variety of tones in order for it to appear multidimensional and that it’s leaping off the skin. If the tattoo has bad contrast, it will appear flat and washed out. Faces and body parts can be very challenging, due to the fact that one incorrect move can mess up a perfectly good illustration. It takes years of practice to develop a reasonable portrait, so enlist the best of the best for this task.



Details can take a typical tattoo to an amazing tattoo really quickly. You want to seem like you can run your fingers over a tattoo and feel each and every single detail, whether it be the texture of the hair or the consistency of the eyes. You must be able to take a look at your tattoo and understand precisely what it is or what it states. If you look at a tattoo and say to yourself, “what is that?” then its probably not an excellent tattoo.




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Asia, pronounced like Asha rather than like the continent, is the head artist and proud co-Owner of Toronto’s Painted People Tattoos Salon.

Asia has been tattooing for over 15 years. Her rich resume, apart from owning a tattoo studio, includes roles such as painter, volunteer, designer, music dabbler, and more. Finding her calling at the age of 16, she studied tattooing, first independently, and then as an apprentice to a number of celebrated artists before becoming one herself.

Tattooing is a passion for Asia. She loves creating livable, permanent art through that passion. When she’s not creating, Asia enjoys carrying for her pets, spending time with her family, watching movies, playing old video games, sucking at soccer (or football if we’re being all European) and unloading cat sounds with her husband Nick for general amusement of herself and others.


As the name indicates, watercolor tattoos essentially represent using the human canvas and drawing on them with tattoo ink making them look like watercolors.

Watercolor tattoos require the same expertise and initial process that other tattoo techniques require (you may or may not do a stencil and mix shades of color), but where they really separate themselves from other tattoo techniques is the final outcome. A fresh watercolor tattoo can often appear as splashes of watercolor paint on your body.

Created with a lot more gradual coloring (unlike, for example, traditional tattooing where solid colors are merged together), the subtle gradients help create the characteristics and design of a classic watercolor painting. The other differentiating factor is outlining. Watercolor tattoos pride themselves on often not having a solid outline which is then colored in. The free flowing colors are meant to represent a painting – which they most definitely do.

Asia, while doing every style from black and grey, traditional, tribal, realism, neo-traditional, new school, etc, has really specialized in watercolor tattooing recently. Outside of loving the look and feel of them and genuinely enjoying creating unique watercolor designs, she is quickly becoming known Canada wide for her passion of watercolor tattoos.

One of the common misconceptions around watercolor tattoos is that they fade very quickly. Putting it simply, all tattoos fade overtime. In the hands of a professional tattoo artist (such as Asia), watercolor tattoos are safe from fading for years. How many years heavily depends on various factors such as maintenance of the tattoo / skin care along with placement of tattoo as not placing it on an area where there may be constant rubbing will make it last longer. Watercolor tattoos can fade just slightly quicker due to use of lighter colors, so if one of our tattoos does start to fade you can come back after a few years for a quick touch-up to get it looking vibrant again.

For tips on how to maintain your watercolor or any other tattoos, check out our healing instructions page here