Do You Really Want a UV Tattoo?
I've been curious about UV tattoos for a while. A tattoo that one can't see except under a UV light sounds neat, as well as getting a normal tattoo highlighted with UV ink. Although I am not often near or under UV lights, but this may be interesting and desired by ravers and those who attend a lot of underground parties. Nonetheless, the idea is very intriguing which is why I felt the need to research this topic.
Here are a few things to consider before getting a UV tattoo:
- They still fade, just like normal ink ones. They also can turn a yellowish/brownish color after being exposed to the sun for a long time.
- Colored UV inks have been known to just end up appearing as a normal tattoo permanently.
- They have to use a specific type of ink, which has been linked to some allergic reactions from the ingredients. This can range from being just itchy all the way to dermatitis. Some of the ingredients aren't 100% safe, because there have been numerous cases of skin rashes, blisters, and infection. There is also some concern that they may contribute to cancer.
- The risks have also been linked to the phosphorus in the ink. Phosphorus is a chemical that's known to cause severe blistering, pain, a burning sensation, and skin rashes. Tattooists have said that they've removed the phosphorus from the ink to make it safer, but others claim that phosphorus isn't the only issue.
- Here's something I read that shocked me: advertisements "suggesting" that UV ink has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In actuality, it hasn't been approved for human use but is approved for agriculture and fishing industries. That disturbed me, especially because there are people out there with UV tattoos. I just hope they were aware of the risks, otherwise, they were basically lied to.
- If you are still deciding, here is something else to keep in mind: If you want any highlighting or anything to do with a regular tattoo, get the regular tattoo first. Then, allow it to heal completely, and then go in and get your UV tattoo highlights or add-on. Regular tattoo ink on top of UV ink can dull the UV ink, which makes it duller under a black light. However if you get it after your regular tattoo, it will be nice and vivid. Also, for the UV work, any outline or whatnot that the artist uses can become permanent if they are not careful.
After researching, I have concluded that I do not think that they’re for me. I think I will stick to my regular tattoos and just get more of those. At least I can see them. ;)