+$Watercolour tattoo art has been a red hot trend for the last few years, and its popularity shows no sign of slowing down. Tattoo art in general has become more mainstream recently, gaining more credence and being respected as an art form, with tattoo artists pushing the boundaries of what can be done. Watercolour tattoos are an awesome example of this.
+$It takes an enormous amount of skill to create a convincing replica of the distinctive colour washes and paint splashes of watercolour painting, and we are amazed by what's being achieved. So we've put together this list of the finest examples of watercolour tattoo art around at the moment.
+$For our pick of the best of the best tattoo art in all styles, check out our post on the most inspirational纹身艺术。
+$01. Find Your Smile
+$Russell Van Schaick runs找到你的笑容+$, a tattoo parlour in Orlando, Florida. He specialises in colourful watercolour tattoos depicting subjects from popular culture, sci-fi and gaming worlds. His Instagram page features beautiful inked versions of everyone from Disney characters to Pokémon.
+$02. Skinny Chabo
瘦瘦的Chabo+$works at Blitzstich Tattoo in Frankfurt, Germany. His striking designs often combine watercolour effects with stronger outlines, or balanced against geometric designs.
+$03. June Jung
六月荣格+$was one of the early adopters of the watercolour tattoo art trend, and has gone on to gain a worldwide reputation for her work. She starts out with realistic-looking designs and adds watercolour effects around them. June appeared in an episode of The Art of Ink, talking about her inspirations and approach. Watch it below.
+$04. Miriam Frank
+$Miriam Frank+$'s breathtaking watercolour bodysuit may be only half finished, but it's one of the most unusual designs we've seen so we had to include it. It's a masterpiece in style mixing, with watercolour effects intertwining with geometric patterns. The line work is on point, and the splashes and drips contrast beautifully. It's clever how so much black is used to create such a vibrant effect. We can't wait to see it when it's finished.
+$05. Mario Gregor
+$Mario Gregor+$is a tattoo artist from New Zealand who's at the top of his game. Known for his stunning interpretations of NZ wildlife, Gregor's watercolour designs are really special. The picture above shows art that was tattooed on four different arms (attached to four different people), and from these four examples you get a great overall feeling for his work – it's all about vibrant colour and insane detail.
+$06. Joanne Baker
+$08. Candelaria Carballo
+$Carballo+$has her fingers in many pies; from make-up artistry and tattooing to painting and illustrating. There really is nothing creative she can't master. The Argentinian artist has a penchant for whimsical, pastel coloured watercolour skin art, and we adore the "rough around the edges" sketchy line-work, which is reminiscent of mid-century fashion illustrations.
+$09. Rodrigo Tas
+$Tattooist and graphic artist+$Tas+$draws on any surface he's presented with. He's tried his hand at everything, including teaching, and is a qualified graphic designer – but since he discovered the pull of the tattoo machine he's never looked back.
+$10. Filipe Rodriguez
+$A tattoo artist from Brazil,+$Felipe Rodrigues+$has an array of bold-yet-intricate watercolour designs on his Instagram feed. His work varies from dark and brooding, to the retro fun of this Mario tattoo. We love everything about it, from the way Mario is morphing from a black and white imprint to bold colour, to the inclusion of the star and flower on the plant pot. With beautiful watercolour splashes, this tattoo is one to covet.
+$11. Alejandra Idarraga
+$12. Lianne Moule
Lianne Moule+$is a versatile artist who works across a variety of media, but her speciality is watercolour tattoos imbued with breathtakingly realistic sunlight effects.
+$13. Victor Octaviano
+$Hailing from Brazil, tattoo artist and self-taught illustratorVictor Octaviano+$has been exploring the possibilities of creating a watercolour look in tattoo form for a while now. He loves the challenge of conveying the look and texture of watercolour paintings in his tattoo work, mixing up sharp, energetic brush strokes with gloriously liquid washes, splatters and stains.
+$14. Ivana Tattoo Art
+$Currently living and working in Los Angeles,+$Ivana+$is a multi award-winning tattoo artist who's in demand at tattoo conventions worldwide. She describes her work as innovative, sophisticated, and eclectic; a mixture of multiple genres combining funky, bright colours and abstract elements with street style and high art. We love the expressive splashes of colour in this playful image of a Japanese doll.
+$15. Dêner Silva
+$If you've wondered about the sort of work that goes into creating a watercolor tattoo, this video from Brazilian tattoo artistDênerSilva+$should cast a little light on the process. It shows him creating a distinctive Cheshire Cat tattoo, starting from a reference work that he turns into a line art transfer, and then painstakingly inking the design. Impressive job!
+$It's not easy to get an appointment withOndrash+$. A versatile artist and tattoo artist with a background in fashion design and conceptual art, he likes to give every client his full attention and so only takes one booking a day at his studio in Znojmo in the Czech Republic, taking time to understand what his client is after and create a reference painting. Only then does he go to work with the needle to create a tattoo as individual as each customer.