White Ink tattoos are rising in popularity in the global tattoo community, highlighted by celebrity endorsements and a change from the norm. White ink tattoos (not to be confused with UV ink or blacklight tattoos) are growing because of their discrete nature, often hard to see and providing a tasteful, classy alternative to traditional, dark, bold, and highly visual color (or black and grey) tattoos.
Some people might choose to get white ink tattoos because because of the unfortunate stigma that is still prevalent in many workplaces. Distinct, subtle, and often delicate, white ink can be a nice alternative to somebody that wants to get tattooed without running the risk of compromising careers. That is to say, white ink in not invisible, but its resemblance to intricate scarring may keep it hidden, if the wearer so desires.
Many people avoid getting tattooed with certain ink colors; red, for example, is very hard to remove. White, on the other hand, is probably the easiest to remove or cover up, as it almost blends with the skin as it is. Not everything about white ink tattoos is a positive.
Some tattoo artists will refuse an all white ink tattoo design, because of it’s unpredictable healing process and longevity. White ink is usually used as a highlight on black and grey or color tattoos to create a dynamic visual effect, but an all white ink tattoo might fade very quickly. The health and strength of a white ink tattoo is result of a perfect combination or ink, tattoo artist and placement that does not get much exposure to sun.
Depending on skin tone and complexion, white ink can heal in a variety of ways. If a person is freckled or has very sensitive skin, white ink may discolor or look like an unfortunate medical condition. An inexperienced tattoo artist might use blue stencil ink (which is fairly standard for most tattoos) for a white ink tattoo, but this may result in the blue to mix with the white, resulting in a permanent discoloration; there is a stencil technique known as “bloodline” that can avoid this problem.
As with all tattoos, it is important to research tattoo artists, tattoo shops and weigh out all of the pros and cons of white ink. If done correctly, white ink tattoos can be incredibly graceful and classy, but if botched, you’ll end up with a bad case of tattoo regret.