White Tattoos Ideas, Considerations, and Photos
How About a White Tattoo?
You know that you definitely want to get a tattoo—that's half the battle over with. Now which type do you get? There are so many different types of tattoo ink, let alone designs, to choose from.
How about choosing a white tattoo?
Lindsay Lohan is said to have a white tattoo of the word Breathe on the inside of her wrist, and Kate Moss reportedly has little white hearts that go up one side of her body. You may already have regular tattoos and fancy something a bit different, or maybe it's your first time and you want something discreet and/or personal. I think there's something quite mysterious about them.
If you are very fair skinned like me, then some words of warning: I was advised against having a white tattoo, as the finished result can end up looking like scar tissue. I didn't feel like taking that risk, but of course, it's up to the individual.
White Tattoo Considerations
If you've decided on getting a white tattoo here are some things to consider:
- Has your tattoo artist done them before? Talk with them and ask to see examples. A really high-quality, thick white ink must be used, so make sure that your artist knows what they are talking about and using. Regular white ink that is used to mix with other colours is not suitable.
- Because there is no outline to hold the colour in, white tattoos can be prone to blurring. It's best to keep to a small, simple design somewhere that won't be exposed to sun.
- Remember that a white tattoo is subtle. Wait until it's fully healed before you decide that it isn't visible enough or doesn't look right.
- From what I understand, it varies from person to person as to who can hold white ink on their body. I've heard reports of it working well on both fair-skinned and olive-skinned people, but both types can reject it too. Unfortunately, it seems to be trial and error. If the body does reject the ink the tattoo will become invisible during the healing process.
- White tattoos aren't recommended for sun worshippers, as the sun makes the white ink fade rapidly.
- It's possible that over time the tattoo will need to be re-done due to natural fading.
- As mentioned earlier, white tattoos can look like scar tissue on very fair skin.