Driving the kids to school in the wee hours of the morning, I look up at the somber sky. The sun tries to make an appearance, but the clouds are fighting the light of the dawn. The result reminds me of a color I don’t use nearly as much as I like to; SMOKE.
Eternal Inks SMOKE delivers soft nuances of purple among undertones of gray with a hint of a muted periwinkle. It’s a genius color and great to add or substitute for a basic true grey, which can appear flat in certain circumstances. If you want to add a little bit of a cooler tone to your gray; a drop, or two of smoke will do the trick. A drop or to cap of white makes for enchanted, cool toned, highlights and when used often makes it difficult for people to peg down exactly what color you’re using.
This extremely versatile color is best used in work that has soft blended tones. When I think of SMOKE, I instantly relate it to the work of Kelly Doty. I can’t say for sure if this is a color she frequently uses or not, but as a fan of her work I see this as a strong possibility. If perhaps you’ve been living in a cave and aren’t familiar with Kelly’s work, then you need to check out www.kellydoty.com. For all those avid Instagram fans out there Kellylovesoup will take you on a visual treat. If you’re looking to add a bit of softness to your style, I highly recommend Eternal Inks SMOKE.
TATTOOS BY KELLY DOTY