Need a hot destination for red tattoos?
Bali, Indonesia might be your answer. This tropical island should be a bright red beacon for anyone with a wild heart and an attraction to body art. In the balmy beach towns of south and west Bali, showing off some skin is a given and the more #inkedup the better. There are hundreds of tattoo artists in Bali to choose from. For many visitors, the allure of getting a Bali souvenir tattoo is an ever-present and easily-satisfied temptation.
There’s always plenty of fresh ink to see around here and a variety of tattoo art keeps heads turning, but you’ll also notice popular Balinese tattoo designs and trends too – trendy tatts can be tattoos of a certain thing, Bali volcano tattoos have erupted for example, or a specific tattoo placement like ‘sternum’ tattoos which you very suddenly notice again and again. And again.
The Red Tattoo Trend
Trends are funny because they start out as something unusual, so attractive that you might think ‘OMFG I NEED THAT.’ Like does everyone reading this want a lipstick smooch ass tattoo, or is it just the ladies at TATTLAS?
Careful. Because when a trend becomes too popular, it loses its magnetic magic power. Examples. Remember when it was common to get a little red devil tattoo? Or the Playboy Bunny logo? Hell yes? Well, zero requests these days. If you actually HAVE a naughty lil’ demon stamp and are less than 50 years old, we’d love to hear from you because we’re intrigued to say the least. Chances of that one actually making a comeback are higher than ever before because, guess what. There’s a tattoo trend you’re guaranteed to see everywhere from Kuta to Karangasem that wasn’t there before. … Red hearts. Red mandalas. And more red tattoos.
RED TATTOO GALLERY
Curated collections of recent and rediscovered red Bali tattoos.
There’s nothing we l<3ve more than red ink right now, except possibly the versatility of this tattoo trend. So jump on board with the new wave – it’s easier than riding the swell at Echo Beach. For anyone pursuing a red tattoo in paradise, this blog post is a haute resource. TATTLAS Bali Tattoo Guide has done lots of research! We hope you’ll be glad you “red” this…
Here, Even TATTOOS Get Red Tattoos
American traditional tattoos with red ink made by Gunz – Hundred Brothers Social Club
This artist is pretty much on fire for everything old school.
More tattoos with their own red tattoos – from Fandem Fay at Bali Famous Ink
This guy has ‘RED’ tattooed on his back. No seriously, he does.
Small Red Tattoos
Small but spicy.
Lipstick Print Tattoos
What is the meaning of a lipstick print on your butt?
Our answer: I don’t care what you think.
In other words: Kiss my ass, bitch.
So that’s why he’s so hard to find.
This image needs a very dark vignette. Or maybe we’ll just delete it very soon.
Sorry, the ring means she’s taken.
and Rolling Stones Logo Tattoos
OK so this red tattoo (a cover-up) has a black outline, but rock n’ roll tells us to break the rules.
Adweek.com explains the story behind The Rolling Stones’ logo like this:
When 24-year old John Pasche was offered £50 to make a design, Mick Jagger’s mouth inspired him to create “Hot Lips.” It debuted on the 1971 LP Sticky Fingers and later became one of the biggest rock n’ roll icons of all time.
Hell, let’s break the rules again. It’s for The Stones, man.
Red Heart Tattoos
If I tap this, will it become a solid red heart?
When love gets messy.
Aww, that’s cute. I 🍷Bali.
Exactly what both my eyes look like when I see this. What a gem.
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Red Flower Tattoos
Is that from ClipArt? No Mate, it’s from Bali.
Smallest rose we’ve ever seen. See more: Rose tattoos from Bali
This red tree tattoo on the heel reminds us of something we read at SensationalColor.com. Red is the color of the Root Chakra, Muladhara. It’s located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to universal energies.
How did she make it SO pretty? We’ll let you in on the secret: there’s white ink in action here too.
A big red piece by someone who almost never does color tattoos. Red is SO special.
Romance with red shading right here.
Red Lettering Tattoos
A little reminder never hurts (oh right, unless it’s a tattoo).
Think they meant “Mirella’s Foot.”
Red Travel Tattoos
Make mine say 3018 pleaseandthankyou.
This leg had an epic 2017.
The extinct Bali tiger returns.
Red Geometric Tattoos
His dotwork hits the spot.
Something different from the decorated blackwork and geometric tattoo experts of Altar Altar Altar.
Special thanks to:
those Bali shrooms.
Black and Red Tattoos
Tattoos of a Balinese om symbol (ongkara) promise balance and protection.
Not too sure, but I think the red thing above this Buddha is the international symbol for “I’ve been to Asia.”
Conservationists unite! Come on, we can do it ForEARTH.
The mix of lines and color blocking with negative space make this a dynamic eye-catching piece. Designs with elements like this are a smart choice for people who want a bold tattoo which does not cover a lot of skin.
We call this an anatomical heart and not a realistic heart tattoo because it’s super artsy, complete with primary red Trash Polka dots. They kinda look like drops of blood in this context.
There are three things we love about this. One. We’re drawn to red and black tattoos which also include brown, especially light brown or ‘rawhide’ colored ink. Nice earthy palette. Two. It honors heritage and cultural significance. Three. We love seeing a happy customer – he’s obviously satisfied because there’s fresh ink on his other arm too.
The geometric pattern in red looks like a variation of the traditional Japanese stitching pattern called shippo. Some people refer to this stuff as sacred geometry.
A red bandana: the perfect accessory, flashy AND functional.
He’s one of our go-to guys for ornamental tattoos.
Warning: don’t click this portfolio link unless you’re prepared to spend hours drooling over artistic sketchy tattoo art.
And the winner is… ?!
Red on top.
More red tatts to come? Hope so.
The Meaning of the Color Red
Think before you ink.
- Increases enthusiasm
- Stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate
- Encourages action and confidence
- Provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety
- Red is the highest arc of the rainbow
- Red is the first color you lose sight of at twilight
- The longest wavelength of light is red
- Feng shui recommends painting the front door of a home red to invite prosperity to the residents
- Bees can’t see the color red, but they can see all other bright colors, so red flowers are usually pollinated by birds, butterflies, bats and wind rather than bees
Red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element.
The above is quoted directly from Digital Synopsis. Anger, passion, love and life are a few more ideas from Team TATTLAS.
Connotations of Red in Indonesia
It seems to be the country’s favorite color…
The Indonesian flag is two colors; red on top and white on the bottom. What does it mean? To keep things simple and authentic, we’re satisfied by these two responses from our Indonesian staff.
“Indonesian flag has philosophical meaning. RED means courage, WHITE means purity. Red symbolizes human body. White symbolizes the human soul. Creating and perfecting human body and soul to build Indonesia. I know the Indonesian flag meaning from school.”
“Red means blood and white means bone.”
- Red represents Brahma the Creator, originality and bravery
- Black revers Dewa Wisnu the Preserver, power and protection
- White is for Dewa Siwa the Destroyer, and symbolizes spirituality and goodness
Balinese also associate colors with directions and other significance.
How do you say “red” in Indonesian? Merah. Pink: Merah mudah. Not pink: Bukan merah mudah. Angry: Marah. Disaster: Mara.
That’s just for fun. In Bali, there’s a very good chance that your tattoo artist and/or the studio staff speak English very well. This is super important, no matter where in the world you decide to get tattoos: make sure your tattoo artist understands what you want.
Now what color would you like your red tattoo to be?
Shades of Red
Sorry, we’re not going to translate these.
It may not have crossed your mind that you should be specific about this. Lucky for you, the creatives at DigitalSynopsis.com made a handy chart of red color names for reference.
How does this translate to tattoo lingo? Um… the name of the red color best for you depends on which tattoo ink brands your artist uses. If they offer color tattoos, then they’ll have plenty more than two shades of red (at least a primary “candy” red and dark red) and they should know exactly what each of their reds looks like after healing.
Red Tattoo Ink
Is it dangerous?
“In 26 years of me tattooing I’ve never experienced any problems with red. The only problem with red pigment is that it’s fading faster than the other colors… that I can confirm for sure.” – @Bodhi_Tattoo_Supplies
We can’t show you pictures of red tattoos without telling you there’s gossip about them (our mission at TATTLAS is to improve, empower and promote tattoo tourism in Bali). It doesn’t matter where you are – red ink is rumored to contain toxic metals and other ingredients which are health hazards. So, is that true? Don’t ask Google because going down that wormhole is a scary waste of time. We’ve done all the research for you!
Q: Are red tattoos safe? Does red tattoo ink cause cancer or allergic reactions?
A: There is never a 100% safety guarantee when getting tattoos. Today, major tattoo ink manufacturers DO NOT use dangerous amounts of ingredients like mercury and lead as permanent red colorants, and their inks are tested for heavy metal content and other safety standards like sterility. Red tattoo inks are much safer than they were in the past. However, the risk of allergic reactions to red tattoo ink is higher than the chance of skin irritation from other colors.
SAFEST RED INKS – New post coming soon!
Want to know more about Bali tattoo safety? Check out this post: GETTING TATTOOS IN BALI
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Last update: 12 September 2018.