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The Blackout Tattoo Trend: Is It Safe?

Forget laser removal, this trend is allowing people to cover up past tattoos with even more ink.

BY Nhi Nyuyen | Jul 26, 2018 | Fitness & Health

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Tattoos are considered a form of art and expression in our modern world. Some designs are empowering and have a deeper meaning to the individual. However, this is the new tattoo trend that has caused much controversy – “The Blackout Tattoo." Debates are ongoing on its effects on a humans. While some propose it is yet another type of tattoo causing no harm, others claim that having a huge portion of your body tattooed may result in numerous skin diseases. Here's what you need to know.

Why blackout tattoo?

Drunk tattoos, name of ex-girlfriend, "NO RAGRETS" – something you don't want to see tattooed on your body. That’s the reason behind laser remover. As convenient as it may seem, this piece of technology is often very expensive and requires more than one  visit to fully remove all the unwanted tattoos, and bloody painful. 

Because of this, blackout tattoo was invented. As a result, the most common reason for getting blackout tattoos is to cover up old pieces. It’s cheaper and more convenient seeing as it can cover everything. However, there are individuals who get blackout tattoos just because of the unique look they bring about.

In order to get a complete blackout tattoo, an artist spends at least 20 hours for an entire arm. Blackout tattoos take up more time for the artist to ink and for the customer to heal. It is also more expensive compared to regular tattoos as most artists charge based on the working hours. 


Blackout tattoo’s effects on health

Just like any other types of tattoo, getting inked on your skin may pose a risk of bleeding, infection and inflammation. However, it can come to a whole new level with blackout tattoo.

Even though most artists claim that they use qualified ink, there are still some places where people use mixed ink. Mixed ink contains lead chromate, cobalt or other harmful substances which are not meant to be in your systems.

When you have to visit a doctor and have an MRI, blackout tattoos may alter the results and get mistaken as cancer tissues. Many people also experience burning and swelling sensation when undergoing an MRI scan.

Most importantly, some of us are sensitive and may have allergic reactions when having a blackout tattoo. In most cases, the skin gets damaged and turns into scars. In other more serious cases, the tattoo may develop from itchiness to redness, with a burning sensation and may become blisters.

This article has been republished with permission from Hello Doktor.