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Glow In The Dark Tattoos Are Here To Stay

Updated on May 13, 2014

Should I Do UV Light Tattoos?

The black light tattoos (also known as UV tattoos) are not visible during the day and visible only at night.
This new trend is allowing those who wouldn't normally get tattoos because of the social labeling the ability to have them and this is the reason that glowing ink is becoming so popular - it allows those that want to express themselves in ink the ability to without all the showiness of the colored inks.

The tattoos use a different type of ink that traditional tattoos use. Traditional ink for tattoos uses a metal salt pigment that is usually put into a carrier. There are also plastic and plant based dyes as well. However the black light tattoo ink is made up of phosphorus ink. Phosphorus ink will absorb light and then glows when in the right darkened conditions. This ink doesn't actually glow in the dark but it does react to the non-visible lights allowing the tattoo to become visible with florescent lights.

The phosphorous ink can be either added to a tattoo to enhance the design. Another option is to complete the entire tattoo in the glow in the dark ink. A tattoo that is completely done in the phosphorus ink will be invisible when you are in regular light. If you use as additives to an existing tattoo you will add a layer that can only be seen in certain lights.

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Glowing In The Dark Tattoo Controversy

There is controversy if glow in the dark tattoos are safe to use or not. That decision is one that only the person getting the tattoo can decide. However having the information from the beginning is important.

It is important to note the phosphorous ink hasn't been approved by the FDA yet. Many tattoo artists use the black light ink on a daily basis with no adverse reactions reported.

However, one of the major concerns is that there may be radioactive components to the phosphorus ink. There are also possible side effects to the tatto itself like rashes, blistering, and even sometimes the feeling of burning where the tattoo was completed. These side effects happen because the ink is considered hazardous carcinogens.

Glow in the dark tattoos are becoming more popular thanks to the celebrities starting to show their own UV light tattoos. Even though there are the possibilities of reactions to the radioactive so many people are hopping on the band wagon. Know your artist, know your ink, and have fun with all the options available.

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Thanks and good luck!

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      popularinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks you for your comment important component. I will emphasize the points you mentioned in the article.

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      I am a professional tattooist and while the article was of an interesting subject, I personally feel putting any type of radioactive component into a persons skin should be prohibited. Another fact is the UV components used in these types of ink last generally less than a year, so another wasteful expenditure, and then of course finally when your old and don't hit those fantastic raves, what was the point of that "glow in the dark" tattoo? Please understand I love making money doing tattoos, but I stress the long term commitment a person makes with the tattoo they receive and love forever, and something that is in view all the time. Thanks for your time