If you’ve ever gotten tattooed, you’ll know that most artist begin with a black outline. But this isn’t the case at Aro Tattoo, the Korean tattoo parlour that employs tattooist_silo. Silo uses soft colours devoid of black outlines to give the impression of a watercolour painting.


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“I use watermark or very light ink (mixed with water). I do very rough sketch with it first than go into detail” Silo explained Bored Panda. Silo describes his styles as “stories”. “There are lots of stories around these tattoos. People tell me what and why they want and I turn their stories into designs. I put my heart even into the smallest tattoos” he told us.

Interested in more watercolour tattoos? We recently feature Ondrash, who specializes in this style, and even compiled a list of similar tattoos here!

More info: arotattoo.com | Instagram (h/t: mymodernmet)

“The flower tattoo on feet symbolises something new and fresh here, in Korea” Silo told Bored Panda

“This girl had a rough life, so I designed these flowers wishing her new and happy start”

“Tattoo culture is a little different in Korea”

“There were times when it was illegal, so I went to Australia and Thailand to learn about tattoo art”

“Once back I wanted to learn more by myself”

“I think that learning never actually stops and even now, 10 ears after, I still learn something new every day”

“Most challenging part about being a tattooist is the battle with myself”

“I wasn’t born an artist, I became one”

“It’s 1% talent and 99% work”

“If I ever get lazy, my life as a tattooist is over”

“But for now, I turn peoples’ stories into designs and put my heart into their tattoos”

Thank you, Silo, for answering our questions!