Questionable Tattoo Inks

All art forms that make it into the mainstream end up going through many changes and evolution. Tattoos are no exception to this rule. There are some tattoo artists that have pushed the creative boundary past conventional inks in color. There are now some artists using glow-in-the-dark and UV inks that are only visible under the perfect lighting.

While glow-in-the-dark and UV tattoos may not sound like different art forms, they are actually revealed under different conditions. As their name suggests, glow-in-the-dark tattoos don’t require any light to be seen. In fact, they are most visible when there is no light. On the other hand, UV tattoos are visible under black-light.

If you’re considering getting one of these unique tattoos, there are some important things to know. These tattoos have a greater level of permanence than traditional ink tattoos. The laser technology that is effective in eliminating standard tattoos hasn’t been shown to be as successful with these other inks.

Questionable Ingredients

In addition to the permanency of UV and glow-in-the-dark tattoos, many people have also raised questions regarding the efficacy of the ingredients within these inks.

There are animals and plants in nature that can glow in the dark. Many of these creatures live in the depths of the ocean where their phosphorescent glow is the only way they can see. There are also some experiments that have used genetic engineering to give animals a glow by using genes from jellyfish.

Although there are some creatures in nature that have glow-in-the-dark features, injecting this phenomenon into a person’s skin isn’t natural at all. Sure, you may be the coolest, trendiest person at a party. However, you may want to think of a different method for impressing others.

Tattoos that glow-in-the-dark require ink that is phosphorescent. Many people believe that this type of ink is a carcinogen and that it contains radioactive material. Black-light tattoos are probably safer, but it’s still important to remain cautious. Some recipients have reported negative reactions from black-light ink. Rashes and blisters are some of the reported side-effects.

Despite some black-light inks being marketed with FDA approval, this organization hasn’t ever approved any form of ink to be injected into human skin.

When you receive a tattoo with “invisible” ink, the black-light tattoo is going to blend in perfectly with your natural skin color. It won’t be noticeable during the daytime. Many people opt for these tattoos in order to keep their employers from becoming agitated.

Black-light tattoos allow you to dress well for work while also being flashy at the many New York club’s. It can also a great conversation starter at the bar.

Many tattoo shops don’t offer black-light tattoos due to the inherent safety concerns. If you find an artist willing to give you this form of tattoo, you’ll most likely be paying a good amount of money. The procedure is more complicated, and the ink is more expensive.

Black-light inks are more difficult to work with due to their thin makeup. Additionally, tattoo artists have to constantly check the progress of their work with a black-light.

Tattoos With a Risk

It’s critical to note that both UV and glow-in-the-dark tattoos aren’t easy to remove. In extreme cases, surgery is the only way to get them off completely.

If you end up getting tired of this tattoo, you’ll be glad to know that they tend to fade quicker than traditional inks. Here at Rochester Tattoo, we recommend waiting to get a black-light or glow-in-the-dark tattoo until more is known about these unique inks.

Rochester Tattoo offers some of the best techniques for removing tattoos with incredible results. If you are considering removing a tattoo, of any kind of ink, contact us for a free consultation today.