White Ink Tattoos: The Advantages and Disadvantages

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A rising trend in the world of tattooing is the completion of a design with all white ink. There are several high-profile celebrities who are sporting white tattoos and a popular choice seems to be a delicate design on the wrist, such as cursive script. Traditionally, tattoo artists primarily use white ink to highlight small parts of a design. The style of using white ink throughout the tattoo, however, is gaining a lot of attention.

Since the white ink tattoo is a fairly new phenomenon, many people have trouble finding more information about the style, particularly how the tattoos look after healing. This article will help to clear up any questions about white ink tattoos, especially where the pros and cons are concerned.

Why People Choose White Ink Tattoos

There are many reasons why a person might choose a white ink tattoo. While many people think of tattoos as bold public statements, this isn't always the case. Tattoos are often deeply personal and are sometimes completely concealed in a private place. White ink tattoos have the distinction of being very subtle and delicate. For a personal design that is meant to be noticed only by you and your closest loved ones, a white ink tattoo can really do the job.

Not everyone seeks out a white tattoo in order to keep a design low key. Some people are just quite fond of how the white ink tattoo looks after it has healed. The final result is delicate and beautiful, closely resembling a very intricate scar. In fact, a white ink tattoo could serve as less messy and more precise alternative to scarification. (Depending on where you live, it could also be a legal alternative to scarification.)

Advantages of a White Ink Tattoo

Believe it or not, there are advantages of a white ink tattoo that do not come with a normal tattoo. For instance, some people have careers that do not mix well with tattoos on the forearms, hands and other visible places. The delicate nature of a white ink tattoo can easily avoid that limitation. White ink tattoos are not invisible, mind you. Why would you spend money on one if it were? They are, however, subtle enough for many career-minded folk to get away with.

Tattoos should always be considered permanent, despite the advances in tattoo removal. However, there are people out there who like to hedge their bets, even when it comes to permanent body modification. Red ink, for example, is very difficult to later remove. For that reason, some people purposely avoid tattoos with red ink -- just in case. Should you be a fickle person who is still intent on getting a tattoo, something with all white ink is probably the easiest to later remove and / or cover with a new (colored) design.

Disadvantages of a White Ink Tattoo

As appealing as a white ink tattoo may sound to you, there are plenty of disadvantages to consider. You may have already encountered problems when discussing the style with an artist. The simple fact is, not many artists will agree to a white ink tattoo and almost none will guarantee the tattoo. This is due to the unpredictable nature of a white tattoo. While the color works really well when highlighting a colored design, an allover white tattoo can be a bit of a crapshoot.

In some cases, a white ink tattoo can completely fade out in a short amount of time. This can be very frustrating for both the customer and the tattoo artist. The customer will have wasted his / her money and the artist will have a substandard tattoo representing his / her work. Another reason for an artist to refuse the work is because he / she doesn't want a customer coming back and complaining! After all, everyone reacts differently to the style.

How to Improve Your White Ink Results

While no white ink tattoo is guaranteed to last forever or turn out the way you expect, many people are very pleased with their outcome. You can improve your white ink tattoo results by doing the following:

  • Research local artists, as well as what kind of ink they use. Some ink brands are superior to others, which can really make a difference in white ink tattoos. 
  • Do not place the design in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, as white ink is prone to fading.
  • Find an artist that is skilled at freehand tattooing, as white ink tattoos can sometimes be muddied by stencils.

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