UV Tattoos - The Tattoo Trend That's Here To Stay
So what's the story with UV Tattoos?
Popular with clubbers and rock stars alike, the black light tattoo is definitely different.
Are they safe?
Is there a special process?
Do they last?
Find out everything you need to know about the growing trend in the tattoo world.
Are UV Tattoos Safe?
When UV Tattoos first appeared on the scene, there was much debate about the chemical effects of ultraviolet ink.
The questions asked were valid, but happily,
There is no cause for concern.
UV inks ARE safe.
Chameleon Body Art Supply have been supplying FDA (U S Food and Drug Administration) approved UV tattoo inks for the last decade, and have reported no cases of ill effects.
Good quality UV tattoo ink is "microencapsulated" which means the ink molecules are encased in microscopic containers, a bit like a gel coated paracetamol pill. Because the ink is encased it doesn't actually contact the skin.
What's The Difference?
When it comes down to the actual tattooing, uv tattoos are slightly different to a regular inking.
Blacklight tattoo ink is generally thinner than normal tattoo ink, so this makes the tattooists job a little harder.
Care must be taken by the tattooist not to over irritate the skin being tattooed. If the skin is irritated too much, the ink can sometimes not react as it should once the healing process has finished.
When using lighter colored UV tattoo inks, some tattoo artists will work under black light to make things easier.
White UV ink is virtually invisible on light skin tones under normal light, with only a very minor scarring from the actual tattooing itself.
Black Light Tattooing - A UV Tattoo Being Done
Here is a video of a UV tattoo being done under black light, and the end result.
Tattoo Aftercare - Look After It!
Lil Wayne's UV Tattoo
So How Much Does A UV Tattoo Cost?
Regardless of what anyone tells you, tattooing using UV ink is an acquired skill.
The tattooist has to take extra care when tattooing, and work most of the time under black light.
There is also the fact that tattooists with a solid track record of UV tattoos are few and far between.
All this equals: UV tattoos will cost more money.
Figure on paying at least 40% more than a regular tattoo, sometimes a little more.
UV Tattoo Artists
Do Your Research
If you are thinking of getting any kind of tattoo, it pays to do your research.
This applies even more so when it comes to UV tattoos.
Tattooing using uv ink is something that requires plenty of skill, the ink is harder to work with and needs practice. There are tattooists that will do them, and some that won't.
Do your research and find a tattooist with a good track record of black light tattoos.
Where To Get A UV Tattoo - Black Light Tattoo Artists
I'll keep adding.
- Captain Jack's Tattoo Studio
4601 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
- Voodoo Tattoo Studio
460 Jefferson HWY, Suite 3, PO Box 424, Big Lake, MN 55309
- Liquid Metal Tattoo and Piercings
98-199 Kam Hwy, Ste E8 Aiea, HI 96701 Pearl Kai Shopping Center
- Full Moon Tattoo Studio
302 S East St, Earlville, IL 60518-8230
- The Zone
417 N. Maguire Street - Suite A, Warrensburg, Mo. 64093
- Dr Jack's Ink Emporium
4857 South 137th Street, Omaha, NE 68137, United States
- Dead Eye Tattoo
293 Conklin Ave, Binghamton, NY 13903
- Division 7
1925 N William St, Goldsboro, NC 27530-1548
- Skin Deep Tattoo
6037 NORTH TEUTONIA AVENUE, 53209 MILWAUKEE , WI
- Firehouse Ink
1805 1/2 Jerry Jones Drive, Valdosta, Georgia, 31602
1002 N 24TH ST, Quincy, Illinois, 62301-2266, United States
- Red Devil Tattoos
1710 East 10 street (phone 812-280-9767) Jeffersonville, IN.
- Music Masters
1160 East State Street, Cheboygan, MI 49721
- Tattoo Paradise
8531 W 9 Mile Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237
- Almighty Studios
320 Cherry St, Jamestown, NY 14701
- Too The Point
70 White Crossing Plz, Whiteville, NC 28472
- Fine Line Tattoo
484 Pleasant Valley Rd Ste 2, Diamond Springs, CA 95619
- Good Neighbor Tattoo
935 W Mission Ave, Ste H, Escondido, CA 92025
- August Moon Tattoos
623 Pulaski Hwy, Bear, DE 19701
- Mystic Flash
255 B Street Suite 200, Idaho Falls, ID 83401 Tel:208-528-6111
- Body Accents Tattoos & Body
115 Dakota St Red Wing, MN 55066
- Troutdale Tattoo
249 E. Columbia Rive Hwy. Troutdale, OR 97060
- Kabloom Studios
271 Pocasset Ave Providence, RI 02909
UK UV Tattoo Studios
- Grizzlys Art Tattoos
51 Belgrave Road, Cv2 5AX Coventry, United Kingdom
150, ABINGTON AVENUE, NORTHAMPTON NN1 4QD
Canadian UV Tattoo Studios
- Gangster Ink Custom Tattoo
102-8364 Young Rd, Chilliwack, BC
What Do You Think About UV Tattoos?
Ben on November 01, 2018:
I checked with Dr Jacks in omaha, they state they do not do UV tattoo's
budypiasa on April 07, 2013:
@ClassyGals: I think your comment are correct. I have a blog that tell about half sleeve tattoos for women
chrisdock on February 19, 2013:
I'm more focused on cool tattoos.
anonymous on February 05, 2013:
These inks are NOT FDA approved for tattoo use. There are NO FDA approved tattoo inks. The UV inks have been FDA approved for use in agriculture, not in humans. There are no long-term studies involving UV inks used for tattoos, and they can discolor if exposed to too much sunlight, which can make the white UV ink turn yellowish brown. While they look amazing, there are many other things to consider.
anonymous on September 15, 2012:
Do you know if theres any near toledo Ohio ?
GreenMind Guides from USA on January 25, 2012:
whoa -- what a freaking cool idea. I'm getting one. period.