White ink tattoo is nothing but a magic wand for those who, for some reason are prohibited from engraving a tattoo on their body. The usual tattooing process includes the first step of bordering the tattoo with a black or dark outline and then the tattoo is filled with different colors. However, this is not the case with this type of tattoo ink and the whole procedure is carried out using white ink throughout.
More About Tattoo in White Ink
When tattoo is freshly etched with white ink, then that patch of skin looks puffy and swollen since, the needle has to be inserted deep in the skin for effective tattooing. After the patch heals, the design can be seen evidently, as it looks lighter than the actual skin color. There is a prevailing debate about this tattoo suits which skin toned people the best. Some speculate that it looks best on people with pale skin while some argue that it will look vivid on dark-colored people. Sometimes, the white ink oozes out of the skin clearly indicating that the skin has rejected the ink type and it is impossible to get a tattoo at that spot ever again. White ink is thicker than the normal tattooing ink.
Another important factor is the artist who will be doing it. It is always better to check his previous records or check out with his recent clients who have got such a tatto done. You can get a chance to witness a freshly done tattoo by that artist. This will help you to realize the potential of the artist and at the same time, will give you some idea about the design you want. While the artist is drawing the tattoo, check the stencil that will be used. Sometimes, the colors from the stencils may interfere with the needle thus, changing the white ink to some other color and causing unwanted outcomes.
It is a great option for those who cannot have dark tattoos due to certain restrictions at home or workplace but want to tattoo something meaningful for memories sake. The famous Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has one such tattoo on her right wrist that says 'breathe' which is kind of reminder for her about her asthma condition.
It does look highlighted when done newly, nevertheless, after a certain period of time, depending on how well the tattoo is taken care of, it can fade away, giving an impression of the presence of a scar mark at that spot. Sometimes, even the tattoo design that looks like scars look impressive while at other times, they turn a different color, specially yellow, if exposed to excess sunlight. This change entirely depends on the location of the tattoo and how much tattoo care is taken.
Such a tattoo is generally mistaken as a dark/black light tattoo. Let me clear this point that a white tattoo is not a black light and does not glow under UV light. It looks like a scar mark that has occurred from a burn or injury. Small and tribal tattoos can be excellently drawn using white ink. Drawing it in a proper design and pattern can actually highlight its originality strongly.