Patrickkinder

To shade or not to shade? And inside or outside?

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I'm working on the next pieces for my sleeve (first two pictures are my arm with the elephant piece). But was looking for some opinions on my filigree. Should I wait to get more pieces and then shade around/outside the filigree, or should I go ahead and get the filigree shaded darker? I want a darker sleeve in the end and have seen examples of both (2nd two pictures, one shaded inside, one shaded around). Thoughts?

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Apologies, just realized I probably should have put this under the Tattoo Advice forum. Forgive the noob move.

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Obviously it's down to what you prefer, but personally I'm not into shading "around" a tattoo in general. I think it ends up looking like a blob on the skin. A crisp, clean line is attractive and looks better from far away. So I'd get it touched up darker but leave the edges alone. My 2¢

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