Should You Get A White Ink Tattoo?

Cool or creepy? Trendy or trashy? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

1. They look awesome under UV lights.

In case you happen to go to a lot of raves.

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3. Unless the white ink doesn’t even show up, and you end up with a scar on your arm.

Something went wrong here.

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4. Depending on the design, some things just work much better in white.

This crescent moon would not have the same effect in black.

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And this feather wouldn’t look nearly as floaty if it were colored.

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6. But unfortunately, they can look bizarre on anyone who isn’t a pale, freckle-free person.

White ink tattoos can look spotty or blemished on anyone with tan, dark, or freckled skin.

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7. On one hand, the white lace sleeve effect is practically a fashion accessory.


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8. On the other hand, a white tattoo in a “pattern” can make you look diseased.

There actually is a skin condition called dermatographia that produces a similar effect to white ink tattoos.

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9. On one hand, you can get an inverse matching tattoo with the one you love.


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10. On the other hand, they fade easily and turn into a blurry weird mess.

Not so romantic. Read about a sad white ink tattoo experience here.

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11. If you still live with your parents, your mom will never find it.

Or you can just tell her you drew it on yourself with a milky gel pen.

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12. But she might be worried/curious when she sees your overly designed mosquito bites.

You can tell her you’re hormonal and that you’ve been getting whiteheads in weird places.

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13. On one hand, you don’t have to worry about jeopardizing any future employment opportunities.

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14. But you might scare away a potential bedmate.


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15. When they don’t look “raised,” they just give a very subtle effect.

This tattoo looks awesome on a short-haired girl.

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16. But not even an elaborate head tattoo can be saved by white ink.

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17. On one hand, you can play with mixing white ink with other colors.

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18. But not if that other color is “scary shade of bloody scar.”

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19. On one hand, they tend to fade gracefully into nothing.

When they fade, they look less “old” than your typical black ink tattoo. You do NOT, however, want to expose a white tattoo to any kind of sunlight, because it will yellow, so keep that in mind when considering tattoo placement.

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20. But you should really do your research when it comes to finding the right tattoo artist.

There are numerous cases of white tattoos gone wrong — especially when an inexperienced tattoo artist uses a blue stencil ink, which can mix in with the white ink and produce an unwanted effect that will NEVER GO AWAY. Make sure your tattoo artist uses a technique called bloodline instead.

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21. They CAN be incredibly classy tattoos.

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22. But at the same time, Lindsay Lohan has one.

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As does Rihanna.

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