Sporting a white ink tattoo, celebrities including Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna made a bold statement, and since then every other teenager is going gaga over this super cool form of body art. Imagine how cool a bright colored mandala design outlined with white ink would look. The intricate patterns and exotic appearance is the reason why you see your Facebook feed filled with white tats. These tats are great for people who work in a professional set-up where body art is not allowed.
The white ink tattoo it`s long lasting?
We won’t be surprised if you have already made up your mind to get a white ink tattoo and can’t wait to rush to the tattoo parlor. But there is a famous saying “Not everything that shines is pure gold.” Did you know that white ink tends to fade and gets distorted easily? If, not there you might need to put your craving aside and look at the few facts before getting a white ink tattoo. However, we’ll like to clarify that the purpose of this article is not to change your mind but to make you understand ins and out of getting a white tattoo inked.
It’s not entirely white
The white tats are never going to look entirely white, not even the day when you first walk out of the studio. Usually, the artist mixes the color with orange, magenta, or even turquoise color. They do so to increase the pigmentation which makes the design to last longer. This combination of white ink with other colors enhances the overall design by giving it a lighter shade. Sometimes, your artist might even outline the tattoo with brighter colors so that a great blend of colors comes out upon application of the white ink.
The color fades away easily
A white tattoo is thick regarding consistency, but the color that comes out is very light. No matter how much you tattoo artist tries to increase the pigmentation, a white inked tattoo will never appear as radiant as a black inked design. That is why the white color fades away in a matter of few days, and it gets difficult to notice it since it adapts the color of your skin.
It doesn’t suit every skin tone
White ink tends to leave a red scar on light skin tones so unless you want something similar to scarification, think ten times before making a decision. White tats are ideal for dark skin tones, and here the ink even lasts longer and ages better.
The designs get distorted easily
White ink designs tend to increase the surface of your skin because the tattooing process is much more painful than getting a black tattoo. Your skin becomes bumpy, and over time the design will start looking like mosquito bites due to distortion.
Harder to get clean lines
As mentioned earlier, the consistency of a white ink tattoo is quite thick. Now, this makes it very difficult to get clean lines. Therefore, white ink is suitable for highlighting a design rather than outlining it.
The Bottom Line
The pictures you see of a white tattoo can be deceptive. We are not saying, these tats don’t look good, in fact, they are one of most beautiful designs that you’ll ever see. However, white ink only seems excellent only in the beginning as it tends to face away quickly. A lot also depends on your skin tone and the time your skin takes to heal. You can still go for a white ink tattoo if you want to experiment, but we’d suggest you keep this idea on stand-by especially if it’s your first time so that you can understand the reaction of your body to inks and needles.
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