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

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

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

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“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!