Tattoos are cool. After all… we wouldn’t be Revival Art Collective if we didn’t like tattoos, right? But for whatever reason, there has been a rise in the popularity of all white ink tattoos around the country. And if you ask any one of our artists here to do an all-white ink tattoo… I’m sorry, but we will either try to change your mind or turn you away if you just won’t accept a professional opinion.
That is not to sound rude or condescending at all. It’s complete and utter honesty. See, when it comes to all white tattoos, you’ll quickly learn that most tattoo artists just won’t do them.
Unlike other colors, such as blacks, blues, grays, what have you – white ink generally fades within a year’s time. And this is standard across the board. Whether you have lighter toned skin or darker toned skin, white ink just won’t hold up.
There are a few reasons for this.
First of all, each brand of ink is different. While we primarily stick to using only a few brands we trust, such as Fusion Ink, white ink doesn’t take to the skin like other colors. In effect, white ink ages differently on people, and there is no real way of telling how the tattoo will look down the road. If one thing is for sure, it is that white ink will always fade. Sometimes it will fade completely, or into a grayish green, which really defeats the whole purpose of a tattoo in the first place.
Second, when a white ink tattoo begins to fade, the outline of the tattoo will remain. Because of this, the outline of the tattoo will look more like a very detailed scar, void of any color. Not only does this look a bit odd, but it loses the essence of “looking” like a tattoo, altogether.
People also tend to mix up white ink and UV ink. While we never suggest getting an all-white tattoo, our artists never use UV ink. Unlike regular ink, UV ink is filled with polymers, which can be detrimental to your health in the long term.
(image from RantNOW.com)