Although white tattoos (tattoos applied using white ink) have recently started to gain recognition, they are still quite rare. One of the reasons for this is that it is often difficult to find a tattoo artist who is willing to ink solid white tattoos. Often times a personís skin may not hold the color well or even reject the white ink completelyóleaving no tattoo at all. Since it is practically impossible to tell if a personís skin will properly hold white ink or not, many tattoo artists are not willing to take the chance of having a completely unsatisfied customer.
It does not seem to matter whether a person has fair skin or dark skin tones; both types have reportedly had beautiful results as well as some very undesirable outcomes. Itís a risk one must be willing to accept if a solid white tattoo is desired. For individuals who do hold white ink well and properly take care of their white tattoo, the results can lead to an amazingly unique and intriguing piece of body art. For example, a white tattoo on very fair skin can often look like scar tissue or brandingóboth desired effects. Darker skin tones often end up with a very smooth and even piece that has a ghostly appearance.
White tattoos are extremely subtle and, therefore, very easily concealed. This is a very attractive trait for anyone seeking to get a tattoo that may need to keep it hidden from others such as employers or family members. White ink tattoos are also a nice way to get a personal and private tattoo that isnít intended for everyone to see but only a select few.
White Tattoo Ideas
There are many designs that can be applied in white ink. However, it is highly suggested to seek out small and simple designs and steer clear of more complicated designs to avoid blurry outcomes. Some popular white tattoo designs include small hearts, stars, basic shapes, tribal designs and small Celtic patterns. Angels, birds, butterflies, vines and flowers can also make extremely interesting and beautiful designs but should be kept on a simple scale to minimize details. Other common designs include names, initials, quotes and personal affirmations. White tattoos are commonly placed on the wrist, chest and underside of the arm. Most people chose such body placements so that the tattoo will not be easily exposed to sunlight, avoiding potential fading and discoloration.
Common White Tattoo Complications
Unfortunately, this very interesting style of tattoo comes with the risk of some complications. White tattoos are usually not done with an outline like most traditional tattoos, and with good reason. The ink that is used to create a stencil outline for the artist to follow can easily mix with the white ink, creating a dull or grey appearance. Also, since white tattoos are so light, it may be difficult for the artist to see where the ink is being injected, in turn creating a blurry and uneven tattoo design. White tattoos need extreme care when it comes to sunlight. These tattoos fade very easily when subjected to even minimal amounts of sunlight. This means that a person who often exposes a white ink tattoo to sunlight may end up with an invisible tattoo or they can expect to spend additional time and money in the tattoo parlor getting numerous touch ups.
It is suggested that those looking to get white tattoos do some research on different tattoo artists to find one that has had prior experience with tattooing in solid white ink. The artist must be well aware that regular white ink, which is typically used for mixing with other colors, is not suitable for a successful white tattoo. Instead, there is a high quality, thick white ink that is specially made to stand out by itself that must be used when applying solid white tattoos.
Celebrities with White Tattoos
LINDSAY LOHAN/Actress: has a tattoo of the word Breathe on the inside of her wrist. It is said that she got this tattoo after a severe asthma attack.
KATE MOSS/Model: has little white hearts tattooed along one side of her body.
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