Tattoos - White Ink Tattoos
Impressions Of The White Ink Tattoo

These days, tattooing has become a highly diverse art form with an even more diverse audience, and an ever-increasing number of people are dismissing the last lingering tattoo taboos to lay their bodies out as canvasses for the tattooist’s needles and inks. This had led to innovation in tattoo art, and there are a few active niches into which tattooists are making a tentative approach, like the white ink tattoo.


The white ink used is nothing like the standard inks used but is a thicker and of a different composition, designed to stand out a bit more.

Since it is a rather new type of body art application there are some risks involved. Not all tattoo studios will deal with this method because of these risks.

White Ink Tattoo risks could include:

Skin reactions are often more severe to this denser level of ink that is required to make the image. The application will often itch, scab and even “ooze” more than normal as it heals. The skin may entirely reject the ink and leave you with no image at all.

White Tattoos fade quickly in the sun, so they need to be protected at all times. Free hand drawing is the more common way to apply a white image. Some artists may shy away from this.


Now that you know what to expect from this type of tattoo, there are several factors that are important to know to see if they are right for you. The most important is that white pigment shows best on a light or fair complexion. If you have darker skin, the tattoo will appear transparent rather than a solid color, and if you have a lot of freckles, the image will appear uneven or speckled.

White Ink Tattoo

I have used this ink on myself with beautiful results. Intenze white is the only white ink that I can use on darker skin and actually get it to show up well. Granted, it sometimes takes a double coat (two applications; apply once, let heal, apply again) to get the intensity the client wants, but it is without a doubt one of the most opaque white inks I have used. My clients love the way it looks and when I explain the pros and cons of the ink types, invariably they choose the Intenze white ink.



Something else to think about is white pigment is harder to remove, and requires more trips to a tattoo removal specialist than a colored image, and at several hundred dollars a visit, can become very costly. The primary advantage of a white ink tattoo is its unique look, subtle but distinctive, often appearing as a brand, but capable of more intricate detail and the added dimensional advantage of the slightly raised skin.


Still, those who are aware of the drawbacks and get a white ink tattoo regardless are often satisfied with the results. A well-done white tattoo will gorgeously ghost across its surface of skin and whisper its purpose with a desirable twist of intrigue. It may not provide the boldest means to make a statement, but that just makes them ideal for understated messages. Keep an eye out for further developments in white ink application because as its popularity continues to rise, so too will the push for tattoo experts to master this beautiful tattoo form.