Every tattoo artist has a range of tattoo ink that they call on to create the perfect palette that will work for each different session ahead of them. When designing a piece of permanent artwork, an artist will use their experience to put together the colours of tattoo ink that they know will bring their work to life. Where some pieces will be better suited to shades on the greyscale, others will want a bright and vibrant palette to showcase the true intentions of the design. It’s not just the artist that will have a say on the hues and shades of tattoo ink that they will use for a piece though, let’s not forget that the client in the chair might also have a vision of the colours that they would like to see in their permanent expression of their personality. After all, it is the client that will be the one to see their tattoo every day so using a tattoo ink palette that is aesthetically pleasing to them is a must for them to enjoy their artwork for the years to come.
In more recent years, tattoo ink brands have upped their game when it comes to producing the inks that will work well for artists session after session. It’s not only the quality of tattoo ink that has seriously improved either, there’s a huge array for colours, tones, shades, and hues available for artists to play with that go way beyond the limited selection that was previously available. Despite this abundance of inks, a handful of reasons remain as to why an artist might want to mix their own bespoke tattoo ink palette. Let’s take a look at some of these reasons and how an artist can go about creating the colours that they are aiming for.
The Motives For Mixing Tattoo Ink
Although there are more inks available off the shelf than ever before, it’s not unusual for an artist to feel restricted when they have a particular palette in mind that they want to achieve. It’s true that tattooing is an art, so the last thing an artist will enjoy is for their creativity to be kept in check. This is where mixing tattoo ink colours comes in to open up a whole new world of creative possibility for artists to explore.
By carefully combining inks, an artist can reach the level of creativity that they’re craving. This sounds like a selfish motive to begin mixing tattoo inks, but by being free to create the palette that they’re really after, an artist is able to produce their work to the best of their abilities and give their client a piece to be proud of.
As we’ve already mentioned, a client will often have a vision of the kinds of colours that they will want to see making an appearance in their piece. Mixing tattoo ink allows an artist to produce a one of a kind and entirely bespoke palette for each specific piece. This means that an artist isn’t just able to add greater dimension and flare to a piece through colour mixing, they’re also able to make it all the more unique for their client.
Creating A Custom Colour Palette
So, we’ve explored the reasons why an artist might want to mix their inks but this is just part of the puzzle, let’s look at how to mix one tattoo ink with another and what results can be achieved by having a go at creating a custom palette. Tattoo ink can be mixed to be made lighter, darker, or a different colour hue entirely. Mixing tattoo ink sounds simple enough, but there are a few things to be careful of when putting together a new and unique palette. Having the right tattoo supplies can make the mixing process much easier. Take mixing solutions for example, by loosening thicker, higher pigment inks, mixing solutions help to make sure that an artist can join together two types of tattoo ink without any hitches to create a smooth consistency that will work into the skin nicely. Alongside having the right tools, mixing tattoo ink successfully is all about having the right technique. A golden rule is to add a little of each tattoo ink at a time, remember, it’s easy to add more ink but it can’t be taken away. This sensible tip makes sure that an artist never goes past the optimum colour that they are aiming for whilst avoiding wasting tattoo ink.
Once an artist is happy with the colour that they have created, they should make sure that it has been thoroughly mixed. This part isn’t worth missing as skipping this step runs the risk of the tattoo ink looking uneven in colour once it is applied to the skin. Given just how much time it can take to make a tailored tattoo ink, it’s a good idea for an artist to use their experience to make the right amount for the piece they are working on. Whilst remembering the ratios of the inks used can give an artist a fighting chance of replicating their custom colour, it’s a tricky task, so mixing plenty will prevent any disappointment caused by running out mid-session.
Aside from how a tattoo ink looks once it has been mixed, there is the matter of keeping it clean and hygienic during the mixing process to think about. Just like any other part of the tattooing process, mixing tattoo ink requires certain safety measures to make sure that the end result is safe to use. To get this part right, an artist will need to look at every step of the process from the pot that the tattoo ink is mixed in to the stirrer that is used. Once an artist has all of the based covered, they can look forward to starting their work with a custom tattoo ink that has been cleared on the safety front to keep their clients free from concern.
Mixing tattoo ink to create a custom palette allows an artist to achieve true depth and detail in their artwork whilst adding a bespoke appeal to each piece for their clients to enjoy. We stock a large range of high-quality tattoo ink in an array of colours and shades for you to use when putting together the palette for your next piece of work. Visit us at our Mansfield store to place your order or order from our online store: https://www.premiertattoosupplies.com/