Getting a tattoo is a notoriously painful process but that doesn’t stop all that many people from getting their skin inked. Luckily for them, tattoo machines have come a long way from the tools used in the past.

Smarter Every Day grabbed their slow-motion cameras and headed into a tattoo parlor to find out how tattoos work.

Make sure you’re ready for a skin tattoo.

Before you get a tattoo, think carefully about it. If you’re unsure or worried that you might regret it, give it more time. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into getting a tattoo, and don’t get a tattoo if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To make sure your tattoo will be applied safely, ask these questions: Who does the tattooing? Does the tattoo artist wear gloves? Does the tattoo artist use proper equipment? Does the tattoo artist sterilize non-disposable equipment?

Take good care of your tattoo.

How you care for your new tattoo depends on the type and extent of work done. Typically, however, you’ll need to:

Keep the tattooed skin clean.

Use moisturizer

Avoid sun exposure.

Avoid swimming.

Allow up to 2 weeks for healing.

White ink tattoo

White ink tattoos are the most tricky ones out there. It’s quite difficult to know how they’re going to heal and age, and they can get easily distorted in a short period of time. The color changes drastically. It’ll never look completely white. It doesn’t look good on every skin color. Now, for those who think it looks better on darkest skins, it’s because the white tone lasts for a bit longer and makes a nice contrast. In these cases, the ink also starts losing pigmentation, but due to the natural color of the skin, the design becomes darker. Also, it seems to age better on these skin colors. It raises the skin’s surface. Due to its thickness, it’s hard to get clean lines. White ink works better for highlighting rather than outlining.

Glow in the dark tattoo

There are many trends to make your skin glow, like makeup highlighter, the skin serums that fashion magazines swear by, or, of course, blacklight tattoos. BLACK LIGHT TATTOOS DO NOT GLOW-IN-THE-DARK IN THE SAME WAY YOUR STAR STICKERS IN YOUR CHILDHOOD BEDROOM GLOW. Unfortunately, glow-in-the-dark tattoos don’t quite live up to the name that they imply, and they will not simply just ‘glow in the dark’ without a little bit of help. A black-light also referred to as a ‘UV-A light,’ is usually required in order for these tattoos to glow.

Glow In The Dark Tattoo Ink – Is It Safe?

Well, to be frank, phosphorus is a highly toxic chemical element, known to our ancestors as ‘the devil’s element,’ due to its use in friction matches, explosives, poisons, and pesticides.

It is essential to know that phosphorus-based inks have not officially been approved by the FDA, on the grounds of safety concerns.

Glow In The Dark Tattoos Vs. UV Tattoos

UV tattoos are similar to glow-in-the-dark tattoos in how they are invisible in daylight; however, UV ink is thought to be as safe for your skin as ‘normal’ tattoos, as they do not contain phosphorus.

Both glow in the dark ink and UV ink can be seen under black light, fluorescent lamps, light-emitting diodes (LED’s) and some lasers.

Glow In The Dark Tattoo Aftercare

The most crucial element of the process is making sure you have washed your new tattoo effectively. Failure to do so could result in infection or delayed healing.

As you remove your wrap, you will see that you are covered in all sorts of funky stuff – blood, ink, and oozing plasma. You will need to wash all of this off thoroughly to help prevent excessive scabbing.

It would be best if you used your (very clean) hands to wash your tattoo, rather than a flannel/fabric cloth, as they can harbor many germs.

Do not use hot water as this could open up the pores in your skin and may cause the tattoo ink to run. It could also potentially burn the very delicate area around the tattoo. Instead, try lukewarm water, as this will still help to loosen and persuade the ‘goo’ to leave your skin.

Only a thin layer of lotion is necessary. As with any wound we may sustain, the skin needs to breathe in order to heal, and a wound caused by the tattooing process is no different.

Tattoo risks and side effects

Most of the risks and side effects from tattoos occur when the tattoo is still fresh. At this point, your skin is still healing, so proper aftercare is necessary to prevent complications.

Your skin needs to recover after you get new ink, so your tattoo artist will give you tips on how to prevent infection. An infection can also occur if non-sterile water is mixed with the ink before injection. An infection can also occur if non-sterile water is mixed with the ink before injection. You’re most vulnerable to a skin infection from a tattoo within the first two weeks: itchiness, and discharge. The area may also become swollen. Symptoms of an allergic reaction from tattoos can include a red rash, hives, and severe itchiness. Swelling can occur too. These effects can occur years after you get the tattoo. Tattoos have the potential to scar. This is especially true if your tattoo doesn’t heal properly or if you have an infection or allergic reaction. If your doctor orders an MRI scan, there’s a slight chance that the test could interact with your tattoo. Some of the side effects include swelling and itchiness afterward, but they tend to go away on their own. Another risk of getting a tattoo is that it can hide possible signs of skin cancer or another skin condition.

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