I have spoken to a number of tattoo artists about this, and the consensus is that it depends on how dark or light you are, and what colors you want. If you are on the darker side, shades like orange, pink, and yellow will not show up well on you. If you are lighter, then it will probably be fine, but it would be wise to avoid a tattoo that is predominantly pink, orange, yellow, or white. Colors that work on nearly everyone: black (of course), blue, red, and green. This still leaves a lot of color options available for most of us, you just have to be realistic about what will look good and what won't. You don't want your tattoo to look like a skin disorder. I wanted to get pink cherry blossoms on my tattoo, but I opted to get red after much discussion with my tattoo artist. I'm kind of a medium brown hue. Hope this helps!!
I'm fairly dark... an almondy shade, if you will. I can't fux with the blue or green. They would look like mud on my skin.
Black, black + more black, yellow, orange, pinks and reds are precisely what works on me. Those are the colors I stick with. Maybe it's because of all the red in my skin, but they tend to come out in a way I'm satisfied with once they heal and mello. Especially for the type of tattoos I favor, which are old-school/traditional types of designs w/ bold black lines + blocks of color. I stay away from fine detail and too much shading. Two colors max. And I don't expect any of the colors to stay bright which is why I don't make them the feature, just the accent.
I'm constantly on the hunt for pix of brown folks with sleeves. It's a wrap for my right arm. She doesn't even know yet. I got plans... but it's nice to see how certain colors look on certain tones and plot. Think about what will work. You just gotta find what works and when you get it, roll with it.
And I cosign on the Urban Ink. That magazine was much needed.
my complexion is very dark i tend to stick with bold just straight black in color. it looks alot better as for color i dont favor i have seen alot of color on dark skin individuals once that top layer skin has heal it tends loose its visibility. well lets just say im speak bout those with the same complexion as mines
started tattooing bout 2 years ago still in the process below is my first tat