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Ultraviolet Tattoos: Friend Or Foe?

Apr 26, 2008
Getting a tattoo is often for the beauty of the art and the design placed on the skin. The image stays with the recipient and can be a reminder of things past or future that the individual wishes to keep in mind. It is with this desire for beauty and an artistic drive that often leads to new developments in the tattoo industry, as well as new types of ink.

Newer developments in the tattoo industry have brought ultraviolet tattoos which are comprised of ultraviolet ink. The popularity of these tattoos was considerable when they first came about and they were widely popular amongst club-goers and those with regular access to black lights, or ultraviolet lighting. The tattoo cannot be seen without the use of ultraviolet lighting and therefore is an inconspicuous way to add tattoo artistry to your life. This is another obvious reason for its popularity. By being able to hide the tattoo during the day, it is even more rewarding to reveal it at night by black light. It is with this kind of approach to body art that ultraviolet tattoos became more popular and widely seen.

It is important to know that most tattoo artists do not encourage the use of the ultraviolet ink, nor do they carry it in their shops. The ink is not FDA approved for use on humans and has been known to cause side effects. Complaints of burning, skin rashes, blistering, and other side effects have been seen as well as complaints that the ink interferes with x-rays and leaves pain and burning on the skin after one is performed. Since most tattoo inks are not necessarily approved or safe, it is obviously important to be aware of the risks involved when searching out a tattoo specialist. Furthermore, some have complained that sun exposure leads to a yellowing out of ultraviolet tattoos, leading to a noticeable marking on the skin during the day. When it comes to such complaints, there are obviously varying degrees of severity to be concerned about and everyone's skin and immune system responds differently to tattoo inks.

Another important thing to consider is removing ultraviolet tattoos. Since modern laser technology, tattoos may still be considered permanent, but they can be lightened and removed via laser treatment. Yet with ultra violet tattoos, if you desire to remove it, laser tattoo removal is not necessarily going to work and you may find it difficult to remove in that fashion. Since the lasers can only tackle certain colors, it is important to understand your options so that you are aware of the risks involved.

Long term effects related to ultraviolet tattoos has not been researched or studied. It is highly possible that certain side effects are simply not known and that certain symptoms may go unnoticed until years later. The point is, when making a decision that affects the health of your skin, your body, and your life, you should obviously be informed. Ask questions and seek out professional tattoo artists who are informed and who can give you sound advice.
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