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Much like paper is used to create some of the most famous watercolor paintings, so can your body be used as a canvas to create some of the most stunning watercolor tattoos. As the name suggests, watercolor tattoos are inspired by a watercolor technique that only emerged as a separate painting genre during the Renaissance period.

The primary difference between traditional and watercolor tattooing techniques is that the ink is applied gradually and subtly. And although there may be exceptions depending on the subject, using colored ink for your watercolor tattoo is key. There's "color" in "watercolor" for a reason. Because how else will you depict all the beautiful colors of your watercolor flower tattoo? Also, a fun fact: while some of these colorful tattoos are fully saturated, others employ several shades of the same hue to create a gradient effect. Some tattoo artists achieve this effect by diluting their inks with water. Just like with watercolor paints!

If these cute tattoos are something you feel yourself gravitating towards, then the watercolor tattoo ideas we've compiled below will certainly give you some inkspiration. Make sure to upvote your favorite watercolor tattoo designs and leave a comment sharing your thoughts and hopes regarding your next tattoo. Of course, if you are planning on getting one. If not, reconsider!

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Fun Little Watercolor Feather Tattoo

Fun Little Watercolor Feather Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Dog Tattoo

Watercolor Dog Tattoo

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Amanda
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the almost real dog face and then the baby clam from I think Disney's animated "Alice in wonderland "

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Watercolor Octopus By Stephanie Johnson At The Original Golden Spike Tattoo In Ogden, UT

Watercolor Octopus By Stephanie Johnson At The Original Golden Spike Tattoo In Ogden, UT

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Watercolor Tattoo Of Two Cats

Watercolor Tattoo Of Two Cats

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Mya Gegen
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would love to get one of my two cats to remember them forever

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Gina Mangin
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very cool😍love how it's not your average flower..it's interesting 💋

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Watercolor Phoenix Tattoo

Watercolor Phoenix Tattoo

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My First Tattoo - Watercolor Space Cat From Chris Hedlund At Art Realm Tattoo in Austin, TX

My First Tattoo - Watercolor Space Cat From Chris Hedlund At Art Realm Tattoo in Austin, TX

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Amanda
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful. And that's big n bold for first tat. I went that way too my first was a half back piece done in one night.

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Baby Elephant Tattoo

Baby Elephant Tattoo

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Watercolor My Little Pony Tattoo

Watercolor My Little Pony Tattoo

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Watercolor Bee Tattoo

Watercolor Bee Tattoo

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Watercolor Skull By Ali At White Rabbit Tattoo In NYC

Watercolor Skull By Ali At White Rabbit Tattoo In NYC

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Happy With My Watercolor Raccoon. Nathan Fisher, Black 13, Nashville

Happy With My Watercolor Raccoon. Nathan Fisher, Black 13, Nashville

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Birth Flower Tattoo

Birth Flower Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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My Watercolor Owl By Russell Van Schaick At Hart And Huntington In Orlando, Florida

My Watercolor Owl By Russell Van Schaick At Hart And Huntington In Orlando, Florida

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Watercolor Bee Tattoo

Watercolor Bee Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Deathly Hallows Watercolor. Designed By Myself & Tattooed By Jeanine In Portland, OR

Deathly Hallows Watercolor. Designed By Myself & Tattooed By Jeanine In Portland, OR

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Cool Watercolor Map And Compass

Cool Watercolor Map And Compass

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo

Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo

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Watercolor Phoenix Done By Brookelle At Idle Hands Tattoo Emporium In Glen Burnie, MD

Watercolor Phoenix Done By Brookelle At Idle Hands Tattoo Emporium In Glen Burnie, MD

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Fun Watercolor Baby Raptor

Fun Watercolor Baby Raptor

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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The Little Mermaid Inspired Watercolor Tattoo

The Little Mermaid Inspired Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Roses Tattoo

Watercolor Roses Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Cat Tattoo

Watercolor Cat Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Tropical Heart Tattoo

Tropical Heart Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo Inspired By Mulan

Watercolor Tattoo Inspired By Mulan

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Watercolor Swan Tattoo

Watercolor Swan Tattoo

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Watercolor Orchids Tattoo

Watercolor Orchids Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Blue Heron Watercolor By Shelly Deangio At Equinox Tattoo Collective In Gresham, OR

Blue Heron Watercolor By Shelly Deangio At Equinox Tattoo Collective In Gresham, OR

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Fun Watercolor Flower

Fun Watercolor Flower

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Colorful Disney Tattoo

Colorful Disney Tattoo

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Watercolor Alice In Wonderland Tattoo

Watercolor Alice In Wonderland Tattoo

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Watercolor Jasminum Sambac Flower Tattoo

Watercolor Jasminum Sambac Flower Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Tattoo For A Lover Of Reading

Tattoo For A Lover Of Reading

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Watercolor Cupcake Tattoo

Watercolor Cupcake Tattoo

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Poppy & Gold Button

Poppy & Gold Button

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Pineapple Tattoo

Watercolor Pineapple Tattoo

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Watercolor Lotus Tattoo

Watercolor Lotus Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor With Fine Line Crab Tattoo

Watercolor With Fine Line Crab Tattoo

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Watercolor Elephant By Renata Henriques At Skink Tattoo In São Paulo, Brazil

Watercolor Elephant By Renata Henriques At Skink Tattoo In São Paulo, Brazil

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Unalome Symbol Tattoo

Watercolor Unalome Symbol Tattoo

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Watercolor Fox By Cynthia Finch At Dark Mark Tattoo. Keene, Nh

Watercolor Fox By Cynthia Finch At Dark Mark Tattoo. Keene, Nh

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Memorial Tattoo

Watercolor Memorial Tattoo

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Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor Tattoo

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Watercolor Flamingo Tattoo

Watercolor Flamingo Tattoo

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