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How does one fix a white ink tattoo?

Asked by snowyowl_ecs (417points) July 2nd, 2009

I got a white ink tattoo back in March and it looks discolored. Does anyone know if coloring white ink with white ink helps discoloration?

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SeventhSense's avatar

Get a a tan and it will seem lighter. It’s all relative. ;)

snowyowl_ecs's avatar

I actually tried that but it didn’t help. If anything it made it kinda worse.
Good thinkin’, though.

SeventhSense's avatar

What did they say at the tattoo place?

snowyowl_ecs's avatar

I haven’t gone back yet… and the guy that answers phones is clueless.

SeventhSense's avatar

I would go to a more reputable place. I’m no expert but it seems to me like it might be a difficult color to maintain. I don’t recall seeing much white out there.

fireinthepriory's avatar

Yeah, don’t try to tan – sun exposure will especially damage white ink tattoos. In general tend to just lighten whatever your natural skin tone is – the ink is translucent.

What exactly do you mean by discolored? Is it fading or turning some other color entirely?

snowyowl_ecs's avatar

Well, it’s kind of a yellowish color.. and some of the stencil blue color got in the ink. I was thinking that if I got white over it again, without a stencil, that it might help it look a little better.

fireinthepriory's avatar

Yeah, going over it might help… it also might scar if you go over it too many times though. Course white tattoos end up looking kind of like scars usually anyway. I’d go to a new place (not the same place where the artist got some of the stencil blue into the tattoo! Maybe search online for someone who has experience with white ink tats) and then ask for opinions as to what you can do. Going over it should brighten it though.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

Reputable tatoo parlors will give you free touch-ups for life.

El_Cadejo's avatar

you’ll only ruin it really fast if you do that.

White ink is a really hard color to tattoo in. You need to have very fair skin for it to show up nicely and you need to take extra good care of it as it will fade fast if you dont. I really wouldn trust that artist to ink me again if he got some of the blue stencil in the tattoo.(they should wipe that away before going over the line)

My tattoo was really light when i first got it too though, i went back to my artist and had him go over a second time, its much more vibrant now
kind of hard to get a good picture of it with the lighting, sorry.

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