(Closed) White Ink Tattoos: Does anyone on the bee have any?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@thesweetroad:  I think that one is awesome, that image is beautiful for many reasons, and I too have been pondering them. I think they’re classier.  There’s something I read about how to find a ‘good’ white tattoo ink, but forgot which.  Apparently there’s a specific type that is better and if the artist doesn’t ask about which you prefer or looks puzzled, then you should high tail it out of ther ASAP. 

I was pondering this one, it’s just simple and I liked the meaning of it: 

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@jadefrog154:  So I had to ask, what’s the meaning of it?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@jadefrog154:  I’ve never heard of a “good” type of white tattoo– but there are certainly bad tattoos?  

I’ve had a white tattoo for around 5 years now and it’s held up pretty well.  I saw an image similar to the one in the OP and got a small tattoo to see how my body reacted to the ink.  I’ve put it through the ringer– sun, weight gain, whatever.  It’s done great.  The stencil did bleed a little into it (or at least I’m assuming that’s what happened), so it had a gray/purple tint to part of it for a while– there is still a bit that looks gray. 

I think it would be difficult to have a white tattoo that is so uniform like in the OP.  Like any tattoo, some parts of it could fall out during healing, the ink might not all sit uniformly, etc.  Also, if it’s too intricate, it could blur over time.  I would do generic tattoo research first– learn what makes a good tattoo.  Learn to recognize clean lines and good use of color and how to properly care for a tattoo.  Just because a white tattoo doesn’t show up as much doesn’t mean it’s any less important of a decision. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Yeah I just edited my post– I’d really start looking online and reading up about tattoos before you get a full sleeve.  Just because this is white ink doesn’t mean it’s not a full sleeve of tattooing.  

As short/basic as I can answer your question:  When you get a tattoo, ink is deposited under a layer of your skin.  This causes some bleeding and roughs up the tissue, so you will get a scab over top of the tattoo.  If you let the scab get too thick and a big piece peels off too early, or if you pick at the scab, or if it just heals incorrectly, some of the ink won’t remain in the right spot and you’ll lose it.  You’ll have a bare spot where you should have ink, and you’ll have to get it retouched.  Basically the ink “falls out” and you don’t have it under your skin anymore.  

This can also happen if you use Neosporin or vaseline or those weird Tattoo Goo they pass out at shops– they can leech out the color of the tattoo.  You don’t need any special product to heal a tattoo.  Just air, water, unscented soap, and unscented lotion after three days have passed.  

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

No problem!  I had fun learning all about them before I got my first one– the internet is a great place to learn! 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

most white ink tattoos will fade or ‘turn’ in a year or so without proper care. they require alot more care than regular tattoos and require touch ups or they will fade or turn funky colors. to much sun exposure will cause it to turn yellow.

 

in short…. i say don’t get a white tattoo.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@rosworms:  what kind of extra care do you mean?  I’ve purposefully exposed mine to the sun without sunscreen every summer, it hasn’t yellowed at all in 5 years.  the artist was very educated on them and told me it’d be gone in a year, so I decided to see how it reacted to normal wear and tear.  never needed a touchup and we’re still going strong!  

tattoos really depend on the person, there’s no hard and fast rule. 

(I do, however, put sunscreen on all of my other tattoos.  this one has just been a bit of an experiment.)

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@thesweetroad:  I PM’d you– I don’t like personal photos to circulate online. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

So. Cool.

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