White ink tattoos are growing in popularity. Many body art aficionados find them subtle and striking. However, the ink in white tattoos has several disadvantages.
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What is a white tattoo?
White tattoos are tattoos applied to the body using only white ink. Because white ink may blend with other inks under the skin’s surface, it is best not to apply it very close to existing coloured tattoos. The ink in a white tattoo is thicker than traditional tattoo ink, and the resulting design may appear raised on the skin’s surface.
Suitability to skin types
White tattoo ink tends to show up best on fair skin. White ink may appear more translucent than opaque on darker skin, and may look spotty or blemished on freckled skin.
White tattoo ink tends to fade quickly in sunlight. Unlike fading black tattoos which turn grey, fading white tattoos appear to vanish. Some people require repeated applications of ink to keep their white tattoos looking bright.
Finding a white-ink artist
Because white tattoo ink tends to fade or even disappear, some tattoo artists are reluctant to use it. People desiring white tattoos should seek out experienced artists who use only pure white inks, and who understand how different brands of ink react on different skin types.
White ink tattoos are more difficult to remove than coloured tattoos. Their tendency to resemble scars or brands may cause people to regret them more quickly than they would traditional tattoos.
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