Posts Tagged ‘Tattoo Removal’

Invisible Art

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Ultraviolet or Black light tattoos are tattoos done with a special ink that while virtually invisible to the naked eye, is visible under a black light. They’ve increased in popularity over the years, mostly with club goers since dance clubs usually use black lights.

It can be considered a fad, as with many artistic impressions, but it’s receiving some mixed reviews. Chris Amlie, a tattoo artist from NY and FL ( explained it simply “I haven’t owned a black light in at least 20 years and I doubt I’ll be at a rave anytime soon.”

There are artists that feel that UV tattoos are insulting to the community of tattoo enthusiasts and the artists. Tattoos, in general, are meant to be appreciated and to be appreciated they should be visible to some extent. Their design, their color, their depiction of an important event, whatever the focus of the piece, it’s meant to be worn as a badge of honor of sorts. To have an artist create a design that can only be seen under a special light seems pointless and some find it insulting to the art itself.

On the flip side there are artists that use UV tattoos to build a more diverse portfolio, or as an accent to other visible pieces. Melanie, a model from Massachusetts, got a tribal butterfly done several years ago and had it outlined in the UV ink. Her initial design was fully visible but had an extra punch under a black light. While she enjoyed having it, the ultraviolet ink “glow” did start to fade over time and she hasn’t had it redone stating that if she were still into clubbing she would since it was a fun thing to have.

The ink itself is much like other tattoo inks, but there are some extra concerns to research. The ink is generally invisible to the naked eye and is popular for some people that want to have a tattoo that is hidden from the general public. However, it’s not always invisible. How any ink is accepted by the skin depends on your own personal skin tone and skin in general, however UV ink can contain other carcinogens and chemicals than standard colors. It has been known to be irritating to people with skin allergies. Scaring can also occur. As with any tattoo the tattoo machine can leave permanent marks on the skin. The difference with a UV tattoo vs. a tattoo using a color is that the color tattoo will hide most minor scars or marks after healing. The UV ink can also fade over time and sometimes turn yellow if you do not take proper precautions from the sun and tanning. Overall the concerns for UV tattoos are the same for any tattoo. But if you MUST have something invisible it’s best to test the ink in an area of your body that can be hidden if it turns out it’s not for you.

In order to really find out more first hand information about UV tattoos I interviewed Matthew Kiley currently with Blue Scarab Tattoo (

Are they really invisible to the naked eye unless under a black light?

Most black light tattoos will leave a mild scar, they won’t be truly invisible but blend extremely well into the background color of the skin.

Do they change color over time?

My experience is that they lose some of their luminescence over time but don’t change color. They typically hold their “glow” very well.

Are they popular to everyone or just a certain group of people? Meaning young people who aren’t sure what they want? Partiers/Ravers? Real enthusiasts that want something different? Etc.

The popularity of UV tattoos is constantly growing. The more hardcore tattoo enthusiasts prefer traditional tattoo ink for its constant visibility.

People such as ravers who are under black lights more frequently have a greater propensity to get UV tattoos. I also find that clients with commitment issues like the idea of the having a tattoo with UV that allows them to hide them easier.

How is the UV ink generally used?. Full piece? An outline? Highlight? Hidden message?

From my experience, UV clients commonly prefer to have an additional outline done around a traditional tattoo or prefer smaller designs completely in UV on places like the hand and face where visibility is an issue.

Tell me about the ink itself. Is it the same as colored ink as far as how it absorbs in the skin and how it heals?

The ink is a proprietary blend from the individual manufacturers and varies, there are multiple colors available and all but the white are very pastel in appearance. They tend to take about a month or so to heal as opposed to the standard two week process.

Is the tattoo process the same?

The UV in is tattooed in the same way as traditional ink and initially appears only as a “bloodline” due to its transparency.

Have you known of anyone having a reaction to the UV ink or are the risks generally the same as with colored ink? Any special releases involved?

I haven’t seen any adverse reactions in my use of UV inks but it is my understanding that UV inks in the past were carcinogenic and ran a much greater risk of rejection.

What do you personally think of them?

I enjoy using UV inks, they add another dimension to what I am able to do and can be used in conjunction with healed traditional tattoos to make layered and multidimensional designs.

I’ve heard in passing that some artists find it an insult to the art of tattooing and won’t do them. I’ve also here it’s a fad like anything else? And of course .. money is money so if they want it they can have it.

Tattooing is tattooing. Whether a tattoo artist makes their own ink and uses them or buys commercial grade pigments, it’s the artist who makes the design what it is. UV ink is just another tool for the artist to use to augment his repertoire.

Is there anything you want to make clear to anyone considering a UV tattoo?

UV tattoos are still just tattoos but they do carry added risks, anyone thinking of getting a UV tattoo should research pigment manufacturers and be sure their artist uses only the best quality materials.

It’s evident that it’s really a personal choice, as with any tattoo. Some artists choose to do them, some don’t. Some enthusiasts choose to get them, some don’t. There are many reasons behind ANY tattoo, some personal, some health related. Regardless of the details, the design, the colors, the area of the body, tattoos will always remain a personal decision that vary from one person to the next.

Parents Tattoo Kids with home made needle.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

 Ha this is a good one. The mother sees nothing wrong with this. WOW, really first lets just go with the fact the kids are all underage have no idea what they really want and what the do want. Second you used the same “Home Made” Tattoo gun on the kids. This is crazy.

Here is my rant on this.

You take kids that are under age, and look to you for guidance and care and give them all Tattoos. Instead of telling your kids I think you should wait on something like this so you get something meaningful and worth getting she lets them get one. Second she don’t take them to a professional, she gives them the tattoo with a home-made gun. Both parties are at fault here. From the Video itself, it is unclear if the man is married to the woman or not,but I am not sure why they didn’t focus on the boyfriend. It could be because the female did the tattoos herself. The mother of the man in question reported them and I applaud her. Remember anyone can have a baby, but responsible people are called parents.

The kids range from 10 -17. Although a 17-year-old might be able to decide on a design, you should still take them to a professional. Personally I would still tell a 17-year-old to wait, check out some designs and then go to a professional. The lines on the lady’s Tattoos in my opinion are really not done all that well. Most people would see this type of flaw and really want to take a look at a true tattoo artist.

Now lets look at the health concerns. Looking at the video the set up looks pretty nasty to me. But on top of that she uses the same needle on all three kids. When done did you even bother to tell your kids how to take care of the new tattoo itself? Questions like this should be ask during the trial of both the man and woman.

So that is my rant, What do you think. My favorite part is when she said “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal” like getting a tattoo is an everyday thing.

14 year old Illegally Inked.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

So here I am at home watching the news, and they air a story of a kid who is 14 years old. Think about what I am about to write, there is many things wrong with this scenario

First the kid notices that the tattoo shop is doing tattoos for ten-dollars(Red Light). Most shops around here have a minimum pricing of forty-five to fifty-dollars. So here is where it gets interesting. Knowing he is not of the legal age to get a tattoo he went out and found a friend’s sister that was twenty-one to take him and get the tattoo done.  According to the article at Mlive and My Fox 2 Detroit the Tattoo shop agreed to let the boy get inked after the twenty-one year old said she was his sister and that the shop had her consent to give him the tattoo. Mind you Michigan law states that a minor must have writing consent from a parent or legal guardian. If the ten-dollar tattoos didn’t put this tattoo parlor under the radar, then not having proper consent sure should have. Read more it get interesting.

 Let’s look at both sides and see what went wrong here. Let’s start with the Kid himself and how things went wrong with the situation. Even when I was a kid a ten-dollar tattoo would have sounded strange to me so right away a red flag should have went off. Even if the fourteen year old didn’t catch this then the twenty-one year old female should have. Second of all the kid didn’t even check the spelling of his sister’s name before getting the tattoo. People please always use spell check. Make sure what you’re getting has the correct symbols or spelling before any needle touches the skin. Rookie mistake by a foolish kid and a great 20 or 21-year-old supposed guardian. Of course you also have the mother to factor in, why didn’t she know where her kid was and what he was up to. For punishment she took the kids Christmas toys away. I laugh at that, in my day my mom and dad would have sent me to my grandmother’s farm to work off the money it would take to get the tattoo removed. Grant it not all our families have relatives with a farm but you get what I am trying to say here.

 Now let’s go over what is wrong with the tattoo parlor. Normally I would side with the tattoo parlor but only if and that is if they follow the law. Something is defiantly shady if you’re getting a 10 dollar tattoo. One thing I think of right from the start is the needle. Most places make sure they cover the cost of the needle this assures they use a fresh one each time, or they make sure to clean and sterilize the equipment. Second no writing permission was giving by a parent or legal guardian. The 21-year-old female provided no proof she was his sister or that she had the right to give her consent.

 People this is a perfect example of why I say to not only pick the right tattoo but also pick the right tattoo artist. Anyone can throw down some ink but a good artist will create a work of art. A good parlor would never have a poor artist work for them and a good tattoo artist would never work for a low-budget shop. Most artist take their art serious and realize that their work is a representation of themselves. It also is what brings customers in and or back.

 I hope to do a follow-up to this story but for now send me your comments. Let me know who you think is at fault, who was in the wrong and what concerns you would have if this was your child!. I told my daughter if you ever want a tattoo you come talk to your dad first. We will make sure you get it done right. This is a growing problem among teens, and I think a little education is in order. They don’t understand the risk evolved in getting tattoos. It just isn’t that it’s on you for life it’s also that you can get hepatitis or even HIV from someone who don’t use the proper precautions.

 Both Articles and resources can be found at the following links.,_14,_Was_Illegally_Inked

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Picking the right Tattoo Design and Tattoo Artist.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

            In no way am I a professional at this so take it as my opinion but I feel most will agree. Picking a tattoo should not be something taken lightly. It is after all going to be on your body for life. At least that is the idea behind getting a tattoo. A lot of people go into a tattoo parlor and look at getting a tattoo without any thought behind the process. This often is done by young, inexperienced people who have no idea what comes with getting a tattoo. I mean after all don’t you want a custom tattoo that is just for you, not one from a book that anyone could have?

            This brings me to this point; too many people will go into a tattoo parlor look at the boards, find something that looks cute or trendy and then make a bad decision. With no thought or meaning behind the tattoo. This is usually so they can go show it off to their friends or upset a parent. This leads to regret later in life and most of the time, tattoo removal. I choose my first tattoo this way but luckily mine did have a little meaning to it. It was pretty much a nick name I had in the Army that was given to me because I was small but scrappy. It was a tattoo of the small Henry Hawk on my right shoulder. That was the only thought, and if I could do it all over again I would have had a tattoo design with a little more thought. Removal of a tattoo is not at all as expensive or invasive as it use to be but it still is money spent, you would have been better off not getting one at all. At basic training there was a kid who wanted to show off his dragon tattoo. He was sadly disappointed when we all looked at it and laughed. We called it the crayola dragon because it had no shading or lines and looked like his younger brother drew it on him with a crayola crayon.

            This brings me to my second tattoo; this one had more meaning to it and was a little more thought out. The fist thing to do was find meaning behind why I was getting one. I ask myself, what is significant in my life? What will be constant no matter what happens? The answer was my daughter. The second thing was to go out and find an artist. Not just anyone will do. My friend who showed me some of his work in his tattoo gallery drew me a few tattoo ideas. You might have to provide information on what you want but you shouldn’t have to always show up with a photo or tattoo designs. That is the difference between a tattoo artist and a person who just gives tattoos. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you will have to provide a photo or design but it shouldn’t be a constant. That brings me to the last part of the puzzle. Look at the work of the artist, ask questions. Most good artist has the answers and photos available for you. If you really want to know how it’s done watch LA Ink. Most of the people who are coming in already have tattoos and are looking to get more. The person usually comes in with an Idea, Concept, photo, or drawing and the tattoo artist will develop the best tattoo from there.

            Remember getting a tattoo should be something you’re going to want for a long time. It should reflect you, some one you know or a very special event in your life. If no one else likes it but you then that is really all that matters. Last but not least there are several different Laser Removal surgeries’ you can have done. This ranges from Laser, Exision and Dermabrasion because we all make some mistakes.

            If you have any thing you would like to see covered in my blog, or know of any Artist you would like featured send me some information and I will see about getting something written up for you.