Do you like extravagant experiments? Then you can get a glow-in-the-dark tattoo. And what it is and whether it is harmful, read in our article.
What is a glow-in-the-dark tattoo?
These are common tattoos consisting of bright fluorescent colors that are quite difficult to see in daylight. These types of tattoos don’t exactly match their name: they don’t glow when you just turn off the light. Instead, “glow-in-the-dark” tattoos usually require ultraviolet light to trigger a reaction due to the UVA light it passes through. Who needs this? A regular at clubs and bars, of course!
This tattoo style is quite new compared to many other techniques, and it became popular in the 1990s due to the growth of neon trends. When the style was originally developed, artists used an ink solution containing phosphorus, as well as traditional pigments. However, this method was considered dangerous because phosphorus was a carcinogen that caused a number of skin diseases. Now artists try to stay away from ink containing a highly toxic chemical because of its dangerous nature.
Are they safe?
Since tattoo artists no longer use phosphor ink to achieve the glow effect, these types of tattoos are now generally considered as safe as normal ones. To replace chemically dangerous pigments, “glow-in-the-dark” tattoos are currently being created using ink that reacts to ultraviolet radiation.
However, before getting your own tattoo with this effect, it is important to do a little research: although most tattoo parlors have switched to new light-reactive inks, the presence of phosphorus is still possible. In addition, most major ink manufacturers struggle to offer a list of ingredients, and all-natural ink may still contain phosphorus (which is a natural chemical).
In order not to worry about what you put on your skin, carefully choose a good master with extensive experience in applying this type of tattoo. A good artist will understand your concerns and help you figure it out. Ask him about using highly pigmented, UV-reactive inks. These tattoos are naturally fluorescent, 100 percent vegan, and do not contain any additional chemicals. Getting a tattoo using UV reactive pigment is the same as getting a regular tattoo — it just glows!
How long does the glow-in-the-dark tattoo last?
Glow-in-the-dark tattoos will last as long as regular tattoos, if you are careful and choose a master who uses UV-reactive pigments. As with any tattoo, these will gradually fade over time, but will never completely disappear. It’s important to keep in mind that if you ever want to cover up your glowing tattoo, the colored ink applied on top may look dimmer than expected, and the glow won’t work.
Since the pigments are much brighter, you may need to make adjustments more often than with normal black or deeper color patterns. Colors that react to ultraviolet radiation can even transform if they are exposed to too much sun (for example, blue can change to yellow or brown). Aside from this particular problem with colors, glow-in-the-dark tattoos are permanent and heal just like regular ones.