Glow In The Dark Tattooswormholetattoo
A tattoo that glows in the dark is a great way to energize traditional ink. Most people think that this tattoo style will produce constantly changing designs (that’s cool, right?), but the truth is that most tattoos in the dark can only be seen under black light. This tattoo technique is perfect for any of the following three reasons: if you don’t want to have a particularly obvious tattoo; if you want to be the life of a (dark) party, or if you want to add some mysteries to a normal tattoo.
How Glow-in-the-Dark Tattoos are made?
While regular tattoos are made of ink from metals or other ingredients, glow-in-the-dark tattoos are made with specific ink that, as the name says, glows in the dark.
The ink used for these tattoos contains phosphorus, which is what is used in glow sticks, to make it light up. They are almost impossible to see during the day, but at night, they come alive.
A lot of these kinds of tattoos, however, don’t just magically light up by themselves when it gets dark, There are actually two types of glow-in-the-dark tattoos: true glow-in-the-dark tattoos (the ones that use phosphorus) and ultraviolet tattoos. UV tattoos are also hard to see in daylight, but they might be a little more visible during the daytime than true glow-in-the-dark tattoos.
They might look like a faint outline or scar and are made of ink that reacts to ultraviolet light, more commonly known as black light. These tattoos need to be exposed to UV light to truly show up and glow, but on the bright side, they’re considered a bit safer by most tattoo artists. Fortunately, many clubs, bars, and other places popular for nightlife have UV lights so you can show these tattoos off.
Because tattoos artists no longer use ink with phosphorus to achieve the glowing effect, glow-in-the-dark tattoos are now generally considered just as safe as a normal tattoo. To replace the chemically dangerous pigments, glow-in-the-dark tattoos are now created using ink that is reactive to UV light.
While you may want to ditch the safety data in favor of a more vibrant tattoo, note that phosphorus-based inks could cause intense swelling, rashes, and burning.
Should you get one
That’s really up to you to decide, however you should still know this: The FDA doesn’t regulate tattoo inks, nor UV tattoo inks specifically. That doesn’t mean they’re unsafe, it just means if any artist ever says it’s FDA approved, it’s not. Run out the door and go to a shop that will tell you the truth on honest terms.
Some men have complications like minor itching or dermatitis. Though, in reality, some guys have complications with traditional tattoo inks and colors regardless. It’s a lot like how healing times can vary so much from man to man; bodies vary. The good at least, I have yet to find a single source for anyone having major issues with glow in the dark tattoo ink.
Of course, there’s also the fact that these techniques have been documented and studied for over ten years and counting now.
While certain tattoo shops may decline to do them, others might be more than happy to help. Perhaps your best bet is to consider tattooing a very tiny circle somewhere discreet. Wait till it heals and then a few months after that come back and determine if there’s any irritation or skin problem. Then get what you want to be done with a full heart of confidence.
Lastly, consider the price. Like a great traditional tattoo on its own, adding UV ink isn’t cheap!
If you are passionate about glow in the dark tattoos, here are some excellent works for your reference.