While solid black tattoos are gaining popularity in some circles, others seem to prefer getting their skin etched with white ink. The new trend involves the use of only white ink, without any black outlines or additional color. So a white ink tattoo is pretty much just an outline – it could look amazing if done well, but there’s a high chance of it turning into a disaster as well.
There’s a lot of mixed information about white ink tattoos on the internet – while some sources think they’re brilliant, others believe that no professional tattoo artist would ever recommend them, mainly because they’re too faint and can end up looking like scars, or worse still, a skin disease. To make matters worse, the white ink have a tendency to fade much faster than regular ones, taking on a yellowish tinge that looks absolutely horrible, especially when low quality paints are used.
nk Done Right, a website dedicated to the world of tattoos, is all for white ink tattoos, can end up looking absolutely stunning (especially under UV light) but they are also very difficult to pull off. “White ink doesn’t show up well on skin of any color, so the design itself will always be subdued,” the website states. “This also means that the skin that was torn up during the healing process will be evident in the form of a raised outline that outshines the ink itself. This can be good or bad, depending on your take of it.”
But when done correctly, the website guarantees that they could look amazing, especially under UV light. “Small outlines of white ink can accent the tattoo more than black ink would, and it’s a good way to tattoo something that you imagine to be glowing. The white ink can be mixed with other inks to give a gleaming sheen, and it can also be toned down to show barely perceivable lines on the skin. Since white ink is less saturated and very light, it’s easier to see how the skin raises from a tattoo. This can be used to your advantage – 3D shadows will make it pop more than a regular tattoo.”