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Ultraviolet tattoos are specialized tattoos that are visible only under certain lights, and invisible in normal lighting conditions. These tattoos are popular among individuals who wish to have more discreet tattooing and those who enjoy raves or other gatherings that offer black lights.
The ultraviolet tattoos are created by using specialized inks. Tattoos can be created solely using ultraviolet inks, or the ultraviolet ink can be applied in conjunction with standard tattoo colorings to create a tattoo that is visible in daylight but is highlighted under black light, for a unique effect. To achieve this look, it is best to receive the traditional tattoo first, then allow it to heal before applying the UV tattoo ink.
Typical ultraviolet tattoos are created using white ink, which is almost completely invisible if it is applied correctly. The healing process is extensive, requiring over a year before the tattoo is fully healed.
Since black light tattoo ink blends onto the skin in a unique way that is different from traditional ink, it is vital to research and select a qualified, experienced tattoo artist to create your ultraviolet tattoo. Not all tattooists are experienced in the application of ultraviolet tattoos, so it is a good idea to ask to see photos of previous work and get feedback from the artist's other clients if possible. During the application, the tattoo artist should have a black light on at all times to ensure the accuracy of the tattoo's placement.
There is some controversy surrounding the use of ultraviolet tattoo ink in human tattooing. The UV ink is FDA approved for use in the agricultural and fishing industries, but currently is not approved for human use. The most commonly used ultraviolet tattoos are created with inks that do not contain phosphorus, which some people feel can cause problems when introduced into human systems.
Ultraviolet tattoos are invisible in daylight, but be sure to protect them from sun exposure because extended exposure may cause them to fade or yellow. For more information about ultraviolet tattoos contact a local, experienced tattoo artist.
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