What to Expect with White Ink Tattoos at Tattoo Consortium

What to Expect with White Ink Tattoos

White ink tattoos are a prime example of how body art is becoming more unique. These interesting tattoos are much different than a traditional tattoo. We will discuss what to expect with white ink tattoos.

What to Expect with White Ink Tattoos

White Ink Tattoos Can Distort and Change Colors After Healing

White ink tattoos are the most difficult ones out there. It’s quite tricky to determine how they are going to heal and age. They get easily distort in a short period of time.

While it may say contradictory, white ink tattoos are very thick and at the same time quite light. They are thick in consistency, but lightly pigmented. Therefore, it does not matter how much ink they put on the tattoo, it will never appear as bright and condensed as it happens with other inks. This is because it has a transparent consistency. As a result, with just a matter time (even a few days) it can start changing colors and adapting to your skin until it looks almost imperceptible.

White Ink Tattoos Will Never Look Completely White

When considering a white ink tattoo, this is necessary to know. White ink tattoos will never look completely white, not even the day you get them.

For white ink tattoos to have more pigmentation, so that they stay a bit longer, most tattoo artists will add a bit of other color such as pink, yellow, blue or even gray. This helps to improve the color. However, it also makes it adopt a very light shade of the used color. Some tattoo artists will even outline the design first with another color so when applying the white ink, the colors mix on your skin.

Different Skin Tones Can Affect the Appearance of White Ink Tattoos

White ink tattoos are increasing in popularity, but some issues still need to be worked out with this type of tattoo.

Many individuals, particularly those with darker skin tones, cannot absorb enough of the white ink for it to appear brightly on their skin.

White Ink Tattoos Raise Your Skin’s Surface

On pale skin, white ink tattoos can look like scars. This is because your tattoo artist has to apply more ink on the skin. Therefore, it actually swells your skin a little more than other tattoos, regardless of your own skin’s scarring process.

This occurs because the ink is placed around 2mm from your skin’s surface. Similar to any other ink, this distorts the color due to the natural tone of your skin, making it adopt another hue rather than white.

Additionally, the density of your skin makes the skin bumpy, creating its particular texture.


These are just a few things on what to expect with white ink tattoos. For more information or to schedule a time with your tattoo artist here at Tattoo Consortium, contact us with the link below!

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