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Blacklight tattoos
April 23, 2006 7:01 PM   Subscribe

Look, a dancing skeleton!
posted by koenie (37 comments total)

 
Weird. It looks like all the shots under normal light are shot right after the blacklight tattoo was done so they look bad but claim it will be invisible. I wonder what these people's arms look like several months afterwards -- is it really transparent under normal light or does the scarring give it away?
posted by mathowie at 8:39 PM on April 23, 2006


He's not dancing for me. Firefox bug?
But I want one of those tatts.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 8:45 PM on April 23, 2006


The ex-ray: when your ex comes over to your house and she just looks at you and she knows that you lied.
posted by breath at 8:55 PM on April 23, 2006


In one of Penn and Teller's books they talk about getting a tattoo without any ink at all. They said the scaring was visible, but eventually (and regrettably to their minds) faded. They also said it hurt more.
posted by Richard Daly at 8:58 PM on April 23, 2006


I had thought seriously about getting one of these a few years back, and it would be my first tattoo. But a few people who already had ink steered me away from it, saying it leeched back into your skin and eventually more or less faded away (in say a couple of years, as opposed to the 30 or more years required for a regular ink tattoo).

This encourages me to re-investigate this option.
posted by Ynoxas at 9:03 PM on April 23, 2006


I'm more concerned about the guy who apparently got "Aragon" tattooed in giant letters down his side. That takes some advanced nerditry to do that.
posted by malphigian at 9:08 PM on April 23, 2006


I'm more concerned about the guy who apparently got "Aragon" tattooed in giant letters down his side. That takes some advanced nerditry to do that.

'Aragorn' would take nerditry. 'Aragon' would take... being from medieval Spain?
posted by gurple at 9:16 PM on April 23, 2006


A friend of mine has the last name Aragon - I suspect that tat could be much more easily explained by such things.
posted by evilangela at 9:33 PM on April 23, 2006


I am totallly entranced by that skeleton arm.
posted by obol at 9:37 PM on April 23, 2006


I want big boogly eyeballs tattooed on my eyelids with this ink. Horrify campers. Scare wife.
posted by hal9k at 10:00 PM on April 23, 2006


- It contains NO phosphors
- It is NOT radio active
- It DOES NOT contain EverGlow
- It does NOT cause cancer
- It has FDA approval as a Spectral Marking [tattoo] Pigment


etc etc; me thinkst thou protesteth too mucheth
posted by ssinct at 10:00 PM on April 23, 2006


Looks really cool! I would love to have one. :-)
posted by AmyMay at 11:06 PM on April 23, 2006


now there's the way to smuggle answers into class before the big test!
posted by todbot at 11:36 PM on April 23, 2006


(I want to get Tron-like circuit diagrams done for my blacklight tattoo)
posted by todbot at 11:37 PM on April 23, 2006


That is really cool. I had intended to never get any tattoos in colors other than black, but I may make an exception for OMGINVISIBLEANDGLOWING.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:09 AM on April 24, 2006


MetaFilter: it does NOT cause cancer
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:51 AM on April 24, 2006


Sweet. Very sweet. If this is still around in 10 years, when people will be able to report a bit more reliably about whether the ink spreads out, causes problems, etc., I might think of actually getting one of these tats.
posted by Bugbread at 5:41 AM on April 24, 2006


Suppose it beats


posted by fire&wings at 5:48 AM on April 24, 2006


Does that really say 'let's root' on his knuckles?
posted by strawberryviagra at 5:58 AM on April 24, 2006


They lost me here:

Looks really cool when its fresh. Like branding.
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:27 AM on April 24, 2006


I think that's "Let's Rock", strawberryviagra. Not that that's any better.
posted by antifuse at 6:57 AM on April 24, 2006


And as for the idea itself... pretty cool, but how about I just get some black light reactive ink, and draw on myself before going out to the club for a night? My exposure to black lights is pretty limited at best, so I think I'll preserve my tattoo budget for ones that people can actually see.
posted by antifuse at 6:58 AM on April 24, 2006


CunningLinguist, getting these tattoos causes damage to the skin just as any tattoo does. So, when it is fresh, there is scabbing, redness, and raised skin. Since there are no visible ink lines, the tattoos would look more like brands. When they have healed, the tattoos are not visible in normal light and unless the person has heavy scaring, there may be no real visual indicator that something has been done.
posted by onhazier at 7:27 AM on April 24, 2006


antifuse : "pretty cool, but how about I just get some black light reactive ink, and draw on myself before going out to the club for a night?"

With much experience in this, I can say: sweat and blacklight reactive ink (actually, highlighter ink works fine, as it doesn't stick out too much in plain light, and glows yellow-green under blacklight) start out well, but the night ends with an undifferentiated glowing mass of yellow forearms.
posted by Bugbread at 7:53 AM on April 24, 2006


I think it is sweet! I, too, will get one! :-)
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:26 AM on April 24, 2006


...but the night ends with an undifferentiated glowing mass of yellow forearms.

If I had a nickle every time that happened to me... boy howdy.
posted by todbot at 8:26 AM on April 24, 2006


Neato.
posted by Busithoth at 9:10 AM on April 24, 2006


I want to get a big, visible tattoo. However, I also want to get a job when I get out of school. I think employability wins out on this one.
posted by jenovus at 9:25 AM on April 24, 2006


I've never had any desire to get a tatto, but these are pretty damn cool. If you're gonna do it, why not glo(at) about it!
posted by DesbaratsDays at 9:46 AM on April 24, 2006


* Or a tattoo for that matter.
posted by DesbaratsDays at 9:47 AM on April 24, 2006


onhazier: It was the use of the word "cool" to describe branding marks.
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:56 AM on April 24, 2006


It may not cause cancer, but constantly submitting yourself to UV radiation to show it off just might...
posted by Citizen Premier at 10:34 AM on April 24, 2006


I would never get a tattoo for a multitude of reasons, so I'm shocked at how interesting this was when I first saw it. The bones look good, but the guy who has the crosshatch on his head has some poor fill gradation. Not that there are many "purists" in the mainstream of tattoo culture, but isn't this substance above and beyond something that could be considered an ancient art form? I suppose it all goes hand in hand though, see: gaudy "tribal" outlines on forearms. Rest assured that when we're serialized The Mark will be made with FDA approved Spectral Marking Pigment.
posted by prostyle at 10:43 AM on April 24, 2006


hal9k : I want big boogly eyeballs tattooed on my eyelids with this ink. Horrify campers. Scare wife.

But then you'd never get to actually see the look of terror in their faces.
posted by bjork24 at 2:12 PM on April 24, 2006


Oooooo..., I want a invisible/glowing "666" on my forehead!

I dig the highlighter idea.
posted by LordSludge at 2:45 PM on April 24, 2006


I'm thinking Miraculous Stigmata.
posted by sonofsamiam at 2:49 PM on April 24, 2006


Quote from a friend of Space Coyote on Metachat: "Actually they aren't invisible, they look like shitty white ink tattoos under normal conditions and you can't really make it out a lot of the time, looks more like a scar. At least what I've seen, heard."

So, actually, the information comes through Somebody → Space Coyote's friend → Space Coyote → Me, so take it with sodium chloride.
posted by Bugbread at 3:00 PM on April 24, 2006


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