Would You Trust Someone To Tattoo Your Eyeballs?

About six years ago in Ontario, the trend of tattooing one’s eyeballs was born. Shannon Larratt, LunaCobra, Paul Mowery, and Josh Rahn developed and pioneered the realm of “eyeball tattooing”, also known as “scleral tattooing”. Since, very few tattoo artists in the world have begun practicing the procedure, which is still in experimental stages. While practicing on fresh pig eyes from the butcher has helped some artists learn to do the procedure with skill and minimal complications, all who decide to get their eyeballs tattooed face the risk of blindness, or complete loss of the eyes. The fact that long-term risks and effects of the procedure is not making it any more popular.

However, it is catching on around with world with extreme body modifiers, such as 39-year-old Rodrigo Fernando of Brazil, who had the whites of both of his eyes tattooed black. Those who risk it all, like Rodrigo, to have the procedure done, which is actually injection-based, not really tattooing per say, enjoy the “beautiful” effects created by the contrast between ink and the natural color of one’s irises. They often consider it a way to “complete” their body modifications, as they explore the final frontier in tattooing. Could eyeball tattoos be taking the place of facial tattoos as the most taboo tattoo? You decide.

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