Updated: Aug 5, 2019
Originally written as a PR piece for Aliens Tattoo
You may have seen or heard about white ink tattoos before, but you may still be confused about what they are exactly, and how they’re made. While the very large majority of tattoos are made up primarily of black and coloured inks, white ink tattoos contain nothing but the single white ink colour. This form of body-art is generally seen as being much more delicate and subtle compared to most other ‘standard’ tattoos.
Traditionally, white ink in tattooing aids in highlighting the bright colours of the tattoo design by adding depth and light balance to the colours. This is also why it is one of the last pigments to be applied by the artist, meaning to say, it is mainly used for the purpose of highlighting only. But that's in the past now, before because white ink tattoos are becoming a genre of tattoos themselves.
What you should know before getting white ink a tattoo:
Chose the right artist for the job, if you want a white ink tattoo, then you should choose an artist who is experienced in creating them. If you decide to choose somebody who has never created a white ink tattoo in their life then it’s extremely likely your tattoo is going to turn out far from how you expected it to.
Chose a design that will complement the white ink. You should definitely choose a tattoo design that you are sure will turn out looking great in white ink. Remember, white tattoos are more difficult to create and therefore, the simpler the design, the higher the likelihood it’s going to turn out looking better.
Visualise what your tattoo may look like down the line. White ink tattoos generally fade faster than normal tattoos. Because of how light they are, white inks tend to be the first to fade as the tattoo ages, for this reason, you need to be well aware before getting your tattoo that 20 years down the line, you may have nothing left of your once-awesome tattoo.
White ink tattoos for the Indian skin tone
Darker skin is perfect for white ink tattoos. The white ink stands out better, and can really pop if done by a good artist, due to the huge a larger difference in contrast between the darker skin pigments and the white pigments of the ink.
While lighter skin or tanned skin presents less contrast between itself and a white ink tattoo compared to darker/black skin, the tattoo can still look impressive if done correctly.
With dark skin, tattoo discolouration becomes less of an issue due to the contrast between areas continuing to remain high. For this reason, the human eye will still generally see off-white ink as a nice bright white, even if it’s not, due to the vast difference in tone when compared to its darker surroundings.