glow in the dark tattoos

Guide to Glow in the Dark Tattoos

In Tattoos by Roxanne Adams

If you’re a tattoo fanatic chances are you’ve probably thought of getting a glow in the dark tattoo. These tattoos aren’t visible during the day but are exposed as soon as it’s put under a black light. Here’s a quick guide on what you need to know before opting for this tattoo.

How glow in the dark tattoos are done

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They’re basically done like any other tattoos, with ink and a needle. The tattoo artist will draw out the pattern you want and thereafter use a specified ink. To make the process easier tattoo studios use a black light while applying the tattoo.

With regard to the ink used, the major difference is that the ink used to create a glow in the dark tattoo is more expensive than regular ink. This is because it contains phosphorus, which helps illuminate under a black light.

Phosphorus is a common element that is used in glow in the dark sticks. This could be harmful to the skin in the long run.

Glow in the dark tattoo similar to a UV tattoo?

People often get misled between glow in the dark tattoos and UV tattoos. UV tattoos are similar to glow in the dark tattoos but with UV tattoos they’re slightly more visible during the day. Another factor that differentiates UV tattoos from glow in the dark tattoos is that the ink reacts to UV lights. They are also slightly safer to get than a glow in the dark tattoo.

An advantage to getting a UV tattoo over a glow in the dark tattoo is that many places (like clubs and bars) use UV lighting. This will allow the tattoo to come to life as soon as you’re out and about.

How long do they last?

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A glow in the dark tattoo will not last as long as a regular tattoo. This can be a major disadvantage, especially because they cost so much more.

After the tattoo is healed it pretty much disappears unless you hold it directly under a black light. This is the only time you will actually notice it glowing. Another contributing factor to how long it lasts can be determined by how much sun exposure the tattoo might get. The more the area is exposed to sunlight the quicker it will fade away.

Aftercare and healing

Like any other tattoo, glow in the dark tats requires aftercare in order to properly heal.

You will have to look after it by cleaning the area with a fragrance-free anti-bacterial soap. Once cleansing is done, pat the skin dry and wear a fresh bandage. Try and keep the tattooed area well moisturized to prevent any itching. The tattoo will scab and itch for a few days, and during this time it’s best to apply a lotion often.

If you feel that the tattoo might be swelling and getting inflamed seek help from your tattoo artist or doctor.

Is it safe to get a glow in the dark tattoo?

There is a lot of controversy regarding this, specifically because this procedure has not been approved by the FDA.

Phosphorus is extremely harmful to the skin and the chemicals can cause cancer. Another major issue to consider is that phosphorus may contain radioactive material in it.

Glow in the dark tats are also relatively new to the industry and not enough research has been conducted. This means that there isn’t enough evidence to support just how safe/ harmful it might be in the long term.

Should you get a glow in the dark tattoo?

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There’s no doubt that these tattoos look cool, however, a lot needs to be taken into consideration. It’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced tattoo artist and seek advice from others. This can help you make an informed decision.

Touch ups might also be necessary over the course of time and this can is an added cost.  So if you’re someone who doesn’t want to maintain a tattoo or is on a budget, then this probably isn’t ideal for you.

Bottom line is that there are quite a few risks of getting a glow in the dark tattoo. They can be dangerous to your health and it might also be challenging finding a tattoo artist that will do it.