For years now, we’ve seen a love for more subtle tattoo designs grow thanks to their delicateness and daintiness. If this approach happens to speak to your personal style, we’ve discovered something that might pique your interest.
White-ink tattoos have been around for a while. A style that’s self-explanatory in its name, it gives designs an elegant and unique look that you’ll definitely want to consider for your next ink. That said, if you need a basic primer before signing on to such a commitment, we’ve got you covered.
Below, we list down what you need to know about getting a white-ink tattoo:
They aren’t completely white
Tattoo artists rarely use white pigment alone for white-ink tattoos; they add other colors like red, yellow, and blue into the mixture. This is to make the ink look more opaque (white ink can appear a little transparent otherwise), and thus, perceptible on the skin.
They fade into a neutral color over time
Much like tattoos that come in other colors, white ink will fade over time. Expect yours to turn into a neutral, flesh-like color that might look almost like a subtle scar.
They can darken when you tan
If you’re a sun-worshiper who loves a good tan, you’ll have to pay close attention to how you care for a white-ink tattoo. When your skin darkens, so does the ink, so tattoo artists advise placing SPF on the area when you’re under the sun.
Save these photos to inspire your next tattoo:
1. Single Line
Single line tattoos look modern and minimalist, and getting them in white ink evokes a sense of softness. We love the idea of doing silhouettes, like two faces in embrace, as pictured below.
2. Body Silhouette
If you’re worried that white-ink tattoos can’t make fine details look intricate, let this change your mind. This body silhouette tattoo sees sketch-like strokes in white ink, showing sharp details while staying delicate-looking.
A butterfly is a classic, but rendering it in white ink brings it to a new level of cool. We love how it refreshes a design that we’ve long loved, and makes it feel more out of the ordinary.
Because the color white is often linked to snow, why not try a sweet little snowflake tattoo? It captures that dreamy, winter wonderland feeling perfectly, and much like a snowflake, is one of a kind.
Although the general consensus about matching tattoos with a partner is a solid “no,” doing one in white ink makes us reconsider. With its subtlety, it feels a lot less risky, so if you get one in an already delicate design, like a heart on your finger, it feels pretty safe.
6. Sparkling Stars
When it comes to tattoos, a celestial body is always that girl. There’s a magical quality to it, even more so when it’s rendered in white. Consider a crescent moon, your zodiac constellation, or a trio of simple stars as seen here.
Because white ink is subtle, it allows you to be a little more adventurous. If you have a large, out-there tattoo design you’ve been too scared to try, doing it in white ink might give you the courage. It can make anything (even a forearm-length roaring tiger) look beautifully delicate.
8. White Flower
This small hydrangea bouquet is adorably dainty and, when complemented by gradient green leaves, looks absolutely breathtaking. We’d also love to get this done with calla lilies, baby’s breath, or even our own sampaguita buds.
9. Half Black, Half White
For the woman whose personal style revolves around black and white, why not get it etched in ink? A bright white and stark black tattoo is dynamic, and can be the perfect complement to your monochrome outfits.
10. An Accent
White ink doesn’t have to be the star of the show—you can use it as a way to accentuate designs of other colors. In this tattoo, the main subjects are done in black, while swirls of white go around their bodies to bring a sense of motion.
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