Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pure White Tattoos

According to Mail Online the latest Hollywood craze is white tattoos. Purely white tattoos, that is, with no other color at all.

But white-ink tattoos have become an overnight success with a host of celebrity followers from supermodel Kate Moss to actress Lindsay Lohan.

The permanent designs are applied with a regular tattoo gun, yet use ink that is thicker and of a higher quality than normal to stand out on the skin.

I'm kinda on the fence about this. On the one hand, anyone who has ever had any white highlights on a tattoo knows that it will fade. No matter how little sun you get the white will eventually fade away leaving bare skin color underneath. So, in that sense getting a purely white tattoo seems like a waste of time, money, expertise and, not to mention, pain.

On the other hand, getting a purely white tattoo would be almost like getting a temporary tattoo in case the image/writing loses its appeal. So, I guess, if you've got the money to spend on a tattoo that won't last but a few years then it might seem like a good idea.

That said, you won't catch me spending precious tattoo funds on a white tattoo. How about you? I'd be interested to learn how others feel about white tattoos.


Lili said...

I disagree that white tattoos will "always" fade. Shannon Larratt, formerly of bmezine.com and now of zentastic.com, has white facial and forehead tattoos that are very obvious and exposed. They show no evidence of fading, and he's had the tattoos for about five years.

You can see photos of him and his white tattoos spanning several years on his "about me" page here:

The first and last pics in the series are the most recent.

Livia Indica said...

Hmm, maybe there's something to this higher quality ink.

Anonymous said...

it's not only a matter of using good ink, but also how good the tattoo artist puts it in. i have an area on my arm that's about 2" by 2" that was tattooed about 8 years ago, and it's still solid white.