We all know that filler tattoos usually need to serve a purpose. They’re used to fill gaps, distract, and draw the eye away from imperfections. Don’t shy away from classics to cover small defects or fading.
Leaves, flowers, scrolling, or lettering in small doses can go a long way in covering up those little mistakes.
But sometimes, your filler ink is even more important than the main piece. They don’t have to be bland or go unnoticed. Fillers can serve to enhance the choice ink you already have, make it pop on your skin, or make it blend easier into other pieces.
If you have a bold, dark tattoo, such as the outlines of stars or a cross, choose a filler in a smoother, lighter grey. It will make the dark ink look a little less harsh against the natural color of your skin, but it will also ensure the main piece is seen first. Contrast is a bold move for fillers, too. It doesn’t just have to be about softening the space.
If you’ve just gotten a sleeve of bright artwork, such as flowers or animals, you may feel the need to balance it out with something a little darker. A shark, spider, or skull won’t damage the ink you’ve already got. It will only serve as a contrast to show people your personality.