The most challenging part of the process of selecting your own custom tattoo design is to choose an appropriate color theme. Simple but effective black and white tattoos can look as stunning as colored ones, but if you still can’t decide which one works best for you, read on for some useful advice.

Why people love black and white tattoos: When people first sported tattoos, they were created in black ink. This was done to heighten the skin tone of the wearer. Black ink is sourced from logwood, bone black, powdered jet, magnetite crystals and Wüstite. However, the most popular choice is natural black ink used to create henna tattoos. For better effect, some designs also take on lighter shades such as grey or white.

The most significant aspect of black and white tattoos is their supple nature. For one, they don’t wear off as easily or often as colored tattoos, nor do they get damaged by harsh sunlight. True, the intricate details of the tattoos may fade in time, but their overall appeal remains. Because of this, people usually consider black tattoos to be permanent - a trait unique to them.

Another important aspect of these tattoos is their pricing. These custom designs are usually cheaper than their colored counterparts since only one ink is used. If you’re looking for a superb design at an economical price, go in for a black and white tattoo.

Tattoo freaks love colored custom tattoo designs: People who love being tattooed usually go in for a colored tattoo which can have either three colors or several. It’s also possible to have the entire color spectrum in your tattoo design. There are a number of techniques which artists use to recreate the entire color wheel. In fact, you open up several opportunities if you choose the entire spectrum of colors.

When compared with black and white tattoos, brightly colored tattoos are certainly more eye-catching. You can get any number of brilliant custom tattoo designs that look bold and realistic, too. You can easily apply these onto any body part with the help of all the easily available high-tech equipment specially designed for this purpose. By using different techniques and styles, you can get a fantastic overall effect.

No all-color tattoos are faultless, despite having the best aesthetics. As a matter of fact, some tattoo freaks avoid colored tattoos since they can cause allergies due to the wide range of compounds present in the ink, sometimes numbering as many as twenty! These are specially included to create brilliant colors. Since different chemicals are blended together, there is a definite risk of developing a skin reaction.

If you have a many-hued tattoo, you can expect it to fade in time due to cleaning it often, using chemicals and over-exposure to sunlight. You should generally visit your tattooist from time to time to retouch your tattoo and restore its original colors. Tattooists usually instruct their clients on how to care for their creations. It is in the client’s interests to follow the tattooist’s instructions to ensure the tattoo looks like new for as long as possible.

By knowing the major differences between these two kinds of tattoo designs, you can choose the one that’s best suited to you.

Author's Bio: 

Kristen Dunn is a tattoo enthusiast and professional tattoo designer who has created thousands of thought provoking, elegant, and funky tattoos for her clients. She has a vast collection of custom designs to her credit. Winner of several awards and accolades, Kristen is now a founding member of the world's largest custom tattoo design community at CreateMyTattoo. View her tattoo collection or read more on her blog here.