White Ink Tattoos completely turn the process of tattooing on its head. It’s not just about swapping black ink for white; a white ink tattoo is on a different level and different considerations than with conventional, traditional black ink tattoos.
What are white ink tattoos?
These are white ink tattoo designs as opposed to traditional tattoos that use black ink and colors with lines and shading techniques to create a piece of body art.
Shading is not often done on white ink tattoos because the ink is already so pale and subtle and the shading could make everything go away.
Why are white ink tattoos so popular?
There’s no denying it: white ink tattoos are sure to be eye-catching.
With a lighter color pigment, you might feel like your tattoo isn’t that noticeable, so you might be forced to get bigger with your design. But even if they are subtle, that doesn’t mean they have no effect.
Also, a cool party trick is that white ink tattoos can glow under UV light (you need to add UV ink to the white ink, however).
Ways Of consolidating White Ink Into Your Tattoo
A white ink tattoo can be done on its own, or you can incorporate white ink into the design of a grayscale tattoo instead of shading it.
When you look at a white tattoo next to a blackwork tattoo, it looks like the white tattoo is more on the skin. All tattoos lift the skin slightly due to the scar tissue that forms during the healing process. This is only more pronounced with white ink tattoos due to the light color.
This can add a 3D effect to your tattoo which can be an advantage or a disadvantage of this tattoo style depending on your preferences.
White ink is a different composition than black ink
White ink is thicker than traditional black tattoo ink, so it is important that you find a tattoo artist who is knowledgeable about creating tattoos with white ink.
Also, white ink can be harder to see when applied, making the tattoo experience a lot more difficult for the artist. Another reason to make sure your chosen tattoo artist is familiar with white tattoos.
Your skin tone also has a huge impact on how a white ink tattoo will turn out. The paler you are, the more subtle the tattoo will be and the white ink will be able to adapt to your skin tone.
However, for people with dark skin tones, there are ways to get a white tattoo that will last.
Do white tattoos fade faster than traditional black tattoos?
The short answer is yes. This more extended answer is that lighter ink colors will generally vanish from the skin quicker than dark and other hazier tones.
If you love the idea of a white ink tattoo but are concerned about paying for something that isn’t guaranteed to stand the test of time, you can go the henna route. A white henna design can last up to a month (as long as you take care of it).
How to Care for a White Ink Tattoo
Since white ink fades much faster than darker tones, it is very important to follow the care instructions.
Keep in mind that your tattoo is essentially an attractive open wound, so you need to make sure that bacteria don’t get in, causing infection. Before touching or washing your tattoo, you should first scrub your own hands.
During the healing process, wash your tattoo with skin-sensitive soap every morning and evening and pat dry with a paper towel. Don’t rub your fresh ink with a towel while it heals, as this could damage the design.
The sun’s rays are extremely harmful to white ink tattoos, so cover your tattoo and try to keep the area away from the sun.
There are upsides and downsides to each sort of tattoo out there. Assuming that you totally love a plan, pull out all the stops! Just make sure you do your research so that you are fully prepared for what is to come.