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Why Tattoo-Themed Reality Are Shows So Popular Now?

It’s no secret that tattoos are fast becoming the stars of all the new reality shows. It seems like every network is in on it: TLC features Miami Ink, LA Ink, and America’s Worst Tattoos, Oxygen has Best Ink, and will soon have Break Up Tattoos. Meanwhile Spike shows Ink Master, Permanent Mark, and Nightmare Tattoos, and A&E is getting in on the trend with Inked. Why do people tune into these shows, which there is quite obviously a growing audience for? Some people tuning in are just collectors of their own right, and enjoy watching for ideas, and for the art aspect of the shows. Some are fascinated by what possessed others to get the horrible tattoos featured on shows like America’s Worst Tattoos and Nightmare Tattoos, and others, perhaps, are satisfying their curiosity about tattoos in general, and the culture of tattoo parlors and their clients.

Everyone seems to have their own reason for being fascinated by watching others go under the needle. However one thing is for sure; the new parade of tattoo reality shows on various TV networks is helping tattoos become more widely acceptable, less taboo, and sort of main stream. Some people like this fact, while others would prefer tattoos stay the symbol of rebellion and youth.

Wanting A White Ink Tat?

White ink tattoos have been growing more popular in recent years due to the growing number of celebs sporting white ink tats. People that choose to get white ink tattoos choose them for a number of reasons. Some choose them because their work place isn’t tolerant of noticeable body art, yet they really crave a tattoo. Others choose white ink tattoos because they like the scarred, or sometimes “branded”, look of the tattoos. Some even say they look like prettier versions of birthmarks. If a person has chosen a deeply personal tattoo and doesn’t want to constantly have to explain it, a white ink tattoo can be a great choice because they are typically not very noticeable.

While white ink tattoos are growing more popular with body art enthusiasts and with people getting their first tattoos, some tattoo artists refuse to do them. The healed appearance of white tattoos is often not what is imagined by the customer. Often, white tattoos tend to blend in more with the skin and not appear very white after healing. All tattoos can have a bit of a splotchy appearance sometimes due to variations of the depth of the ink- this shows up much worse with lighter colored tattoos, such as white or yellow.

UV Ink Tattoos Gaining Popularity

Popular with rock stars, and clubbers, the trend known as “black light tattoos” is also growing more and more popular with every day body art lovers. UV ink tattoos come in a variety of colors, and white UV ink tattoos are virtually invisible if they are not exposed to a black light. This makes white UV ink tattoos especially popular with people who do not want to be very showy about their tats due to a conservative family, or workplace that isn’t tattoo friendly. A really popular trend with UV ink tattoos is to get most of the tattoo done in ordinary tattoo ink, and then get contrasting colored UV ink accents to add a whole new dimension to the tattoo at parties. If you are considering going this route, keep in mind that colored UV ink does show up normally, as regular tattoo ink does, in normal light.

Are UV ink tattoos safe?

No long-term studies have been done on the effects of UV ink tattoos on the skin. However, the best UV ink is “microencapsulated”, meaning the actual UV ink is encapsulated inside of tiny microscopic containers, and the UV ink itself does not actually touch the skin. Some believe that this reduces any health risks associated with the tats. UV ink tattoos should be done by a tattoo artist with a good track record and experience with them, as UV ink is a little thinner and harder to work with than regular inks. UV tattoos tend to be a little more expensive for this reason.

Toe Tattoos – For Those Who Want Tattoos For Themselves

Although tattoos are becoming more and more widely acceptable, some people still don’t want to take the jump into getting ink that is highly visible. This is one reason that people are starting to opt for toe tattoos. Another is that they just wish for their body art to have unique placement, and they just don’t want anything large. Everyone has their own threshold for pain, and those who get tattoos typically can stand more than most. However, many people who have opted for toe tattoos say that they tend to hurt much more than those in other locations, such fleshier areas of the body.

All tattoos need to be properly taken care of after they are finished in order to keep them clean, and to ensure that they heal properly. This can be a little more difficult when it comes to toe tattoos if a person is athletic, or just doesn’t keep their feet very hygienic. After getting a toe tattoo, it is important to keep it in mind when you choose footwear, because over—exposure to the sun can fade the ink in any tattoo.

Tired of Your Makeup Smudging? – Try Cosmetic Tattooing

Nothing is more frustrating to more women than working for hours to get perfectly ready for an evening out on the town, just to have their makeup smudge and smear. Plastic surgery businesses and professional tattooists have a way to solve this issue. Permanent makeup or tattooed on makeup is made possible with a process called micro pigmentation. The process is just like getting a regular tattoo- there will be a patch test, a discussion with the professional on color choice, a sterile pen will sketch the area to be tattooed, and an anesthetic will be put on the skin. A hollow needle is then used to deposit the color into the top layer of the skin.

Things to keep in mind

It takes about 3 weeks for the cosmetic tattoo to fade to its permanent color. Also, you should always check y our tattooist’s credentials, and ask to speak with former clients about their experience. Cosmetic tattooing may be a fast growing part of the health and beauty industry, but it is not for the faint of heart, or those who like to change around their makeup looks often. The face is one of the most sensitive places to have tattooed, and redness and swelling may persist for some time after the procedure. A cold compress can help.