People have been tattooing dark skin for thousands of years and it can be done tastefully and with great detail. Yet, tattooing dark skin can be sort of a taboo in western countries, where tattoo artists are often only accustomed to working on fair skin. Even so, black people shouldn’t let this stop us from getting beautiful tattoos, if we so please. There are many scientific health benefits to tattoos, such as higher confidence and improved self-esteem and an improved immune system.
Tattoos—although controversial to some—can be beautiful, tasteful and feminine if done right and taken care of properly. They are quickly becoming a culture norm and signal of creativity and art, and for companies looking for young, creative workers, they can even help you land a job. Here are some tips for tattoos to get on dark skin as well as some beautiful tattoo images you can consider:
Start With Something Small
Being tattooed can be really intimidating, especially if you’re afraid of pain and nervous about eventually regretting the tattoo. If you’re still unsure about whether getting inked up is right for you, try starting with something small first like a rose, an astrological sign, a map of Africa, an infinity symbol, or whatever else you may want to stamp your body with. If you end up hating it, you can take comfort in the fact that it’s small and will probably be easier and thus, cheaper to remove.
Likewise, as black women in professional working environments, we have to be especially careful about how we come across, as we’re prone to harsher judgement and critic than our white counterparts. A smaller tattoo may be easier to cover up before going to work or hide, in situations where conforming to the norm is beneficial for us.
Here are some cute tattoos on other black women that you can draw some inspiration from: