A subtle scar, white ink isÂ popular for the barely there aesthetic. Itâ€™s a controversial choice among tattooers, though, and many wonâ€™t use it because white ink often fades. But this attitude assumes the client needs something dramatic. White could actually be the perfect way to inscribe yourself with privacy. Or perhaps it represents an injury, a loss, a painful memory you hope will dissolve with time. Watching the design fade can symbolize healing and celebrate impermanence. Ultimately, the right tattooer will accept that the client can modify their body however they see fit.
Top: Vertebral columnÂ byÂ Madame CHĂ¤N.
ChestÂ ornament byÂ Watson Atkinson.
Tribal linework by Andro Zero.
Spiral with shadingÂ byÂ Cebecizade.
White ink mandala over blackworkÂ byÂ Easy Sacha.
Mehndi-style sleeveÂ by Watson Atkinson.
Authorâ€™s Tip: If you want a white tattoo, find a tattooerÂ who is comfortable with it, and can advise you on aftercare. With age and sun exposure, the color willÂ fade and may disappear.Â Depending on skin tone, youÂ can ask for smallÂ amounts of pink, yellow or brown to be mixed with the white, which will help maintain visibility after healing. Consult your tattooer for more information.