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White Ink Tattoos

Updated on December 15, 2011

I personally made the decision many years ago, never to have a tattoo. Don’t get me wrong, they can look ok but our tastes change and I’m sure many people with large visible tattoos are going to regret it in later life. I recently discovered however that it is possible to have white ink tattoos which offer a much more discreet tattoo and also I feel, more artistic.

Where to Place a White Ink Tattoo

Perhaps it’s partly because my taste is generally minimalistic, but I’ve always thought the normal black and blue tattoos to be a bit crude and quite ugly in many cases, but white ink tattoos offer a much more subtle option for those who are perhaps more reserved and less up front.

Of course, if you are considering a white ink tattoo, then you need to consider where it will be placed. There are no restrictions as such but some things do need to be taken into consideration. One of the main considerations is that because it is a very pale ink; if it is situated in a place that is constantly exposed to sunlight, there is a real risk of it fading over time so it is probably best placed either in a covered area or at least in an area that is not continually exposed to the sun.

Another factor to consider is your natural skin colour. If you are black or olive skinned then a white ink tattoo will show up very well whereas if you are very pale skinned, then the tattoo may be barely visible. If you fall into the latter category, you may want to consider a slight off white tinge to the ink to make it a little more visible, perhaps adding a slight blue tinge or pink, depending on your taste.

Even if the tattoo does eventually fade, it is possible to have it ‘topped up’ by revisiting the tattoo parlour. Some people do say that they look like a scarification rather than a tattoo, but this probably depends on the quality of the tattoo and the skills of the tattooist.

Example of a white ink tattoo
Example of a white ink tattoo

Of course, you can have any design using a white ink tattoo, but given the way that they look, you probably wouldn’t choose a demonic or satanic image and white ink tattoos definitely lend themselves to more feminine designs such as flowers or butterflies although you can use your creativity to come up with anything that you like.

Because a thicker ink is used for a white ink tattoo, there is a possibility that you may have a reaction to it and suffer from itching or sore skin. I would recommend that you try to find a tattooist who is familiar with white ink tattoos rather than simply going to a regular tattooist and asking them to do it and of course, make sure that they are qualified and fully hygienic to avoid other problems.


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    • Leaderofmany profile image

      Leaderofmany 6 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

      I like that idea of tattoos, I wonder if they are the kind that glow during under the blue lights at the clubs that I have seen on the tv.

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      Lisa 6 years ago from WA

      Wow I've never heard of this kind of tattoo before. I thought about getting one before but was too afraid that I'd regret it as I got older. This is something to consider though since, like you say, it's not as visible.

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      SilkThimble 6 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Very interesting! I had never heard of this tattoo variation.