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rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 8/9--Misc. info
Section - INK COLORS

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ARE THERE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK INKS OR FLUORESCENT INKS?

Fluorescent ink is not the same as glow-in-the-dark ink. Fluorescent
inks glow under ultraviolet light.  Phosphorescents glow after being
exposed to light, and glow-in-the-dark things that glow without any
outside stimulus are almost unknown.

There are *no* glow-in-the dark inks.

There are *no* phosphorescent inks.

Starting around 1991, some tattoo artists experimented with
fluorescent inks that glow under UV light.  At the time, it was
thought that these could be used to make tattoos that would only be
visible under UV light.  As it turned out, the early inks did not perform
as expected.  They were not invisible under normal light, and in some
cases turned brown.  At the same time, many people reported skin
irritation problems.  Apparently a lot of these problems have been 
solved over the years, and I have seen some successful UV tattoos
since then.

There is a collection of information about these inks at:

http://www.bme.freeq.com/spc/experiences/glow/

WHAT COLORS ARE AVAILABLE?

There are a lot more colors available now than just "Popeye green and
red." Just about every color imaginable can be obtained for your design.
If your artist does not have a pre-mixed color, s/he will mix the colors
on the spot for you. It is not an exaggeration to say that you could
specify your design by Pantone color, especially since many artists have
fine arts degrees and are familiar with the various Pantone shades
[Pantone shades are used by professional artists and are standard
numbered colored].

ARE THERE GOLD OR SILVER INKS FOR TATTOOS?

While there are some metallic inks available, these are very rare and a
general answer to this question is a simple "no." If you have a design
that needs to look metallic, a good artist can use other colors to make
it look metallic without actually using gold or silver ink.

My understanding is that artists shy away from metallic colors because
of their toxic properties under the skin.


CAN I GET A WHITE INK TATTOO?

Most artists use white ink to highlight certain parts of your tattoo
design. However, white ink is a special color that requires your artist
to work closely with you. The effect of white ink differs greatly among
clients, and its visibility and retention on the skin has much to do
with the natural coloration of your skin.

White ink seems to work best on very light-skinned people.
Unfortunately, this means people with dark skin would not able to get a
white ink tattoo on their skin to have a "photo negative effect" that
looks like a negative of a dark colored tattoo on light skin. This is
because the ink sits under your skin, and the layer of skin over the ink
is tinted with your natural skin color. So if you have very dark skin,
the white will be overwhelmed with your natural melanin.

Those who have very light skin however, may use white ink exclusively to
get tattoo designs that are very difficult to discern at first glance.
This might be an interesting option for ankle or wrist tattoos, or other
areas where a regular non-white tattoo would show up too easily and
possibly cause problems for the wearer.


User Contributions:

Yusuph
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Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:00 am
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