Inside: Tattoo Background Shading Ideas + Info.

Are you looking to add a little flair to your sleeve tattoo? Or add an extra bit of depth to a unique design? Shading is the perfect filler to complete that complex sleeve or take your beautiful ink to the next level.

By just adding this effect to your tattoo, you will have a one-of-a-kind finished piece.

Tattoo background shading comes in all types of styles and colors, check out a few of our favorites.

Tattoo Background Shading

What is tattoo shading?

Black shading is the next step in the tattoo process after outlining. All the black work must be done before any color can be put in. The tattooing spectrum goes from dark to light. That is black first, then the next darkest color, etc., and the lightest colors for last.

Can you add a background to a tattoo?

You can stick with the original colors or you can incorporate new ones and change the style of the tattoo. You can also add color for a background that will make your tattoo complete and really pop on your skin. … With some fresh color and some new elements or details, your old, dull tattoo art can come back to life.

Does shading fade?

Black shade can lighten by up to a 1/3 after healing. It depends on the depth of the pigment and the type of pigment used. Post up when healed itching to see it. The only difference between a person with tattoos and a person without is this.

What kind of needle do you use for tattoo shading?

Flat Shader Needles. Larger flat needles can be used for color fills and shading as they deliver more ink quickly with just one pass. Flat needles are good for intricate shadings such as in geometric patterns and some mandala work. Flat shader needles are also common in semi-permanent makeup.

Tattoo Background Shading Ideas

1. Flowery Shading 

2. Sunbeam Tattoo Shading

3. Cloudy Background Filler Shading

4. Tattoo Sleeve Background Shading

5. Dark Shading Idea

Tattoo Background Shading

6.  Colorful Shading 

7. Sunset Background Shading 

8. Blue Shading Sleeve

9. Pink Swirl Background Shading

10. Watercolor Shading Idea

Shading Ideas for tattoos with color

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