The eyeball tattoo is an ink trend that is definitely not for the faint hearted. A lot of body art enthusiasts are getting this new trend done, but experts consider this body art the most gruesome tattoos ever. Tattoo fans have dyed the cornea of the eye in gothic black, luminous green, red and vibrant purple shades. These tattoo enthusiasts look like evil, but the main goal of this tattoo art is to look like the blue-eyed characters from sci-fi films.
Traditionally, eyeball tattooing was done as a treatment to change the cosmetic appearance of their eyes that may have been affected due to an accident or a disease. Now, eyeball tattoo is done as a cosmetic treatment or for decorative purposes. Luna Cobra is the first American man who experimented with the injecting ink into the eyeball. He practiced this method on three volunteers with a technique that has been adapted over the years.
Eyeball Tattoo Colors
Eyeball tattoo is done with different kinds of inks, but today Indian inks are commonly used as it is safe and long-lasting. There are other dyes that are also used, which includes metallic colors in powder form, different organic dyes, and uveal pigment from animal eyes. Even other methods include chemical dyeing with gold or platinum chloride and carbon impregnation. Chemical based dyes are easier and quicker than the carbon impregnation, but are not very long-lasting, while other chemical based dyes caused stain.
Carbon impregnation uses ink from India, China, lamp black ink, and organic dyes. India ink is safe and long-lasting and is the most preferred ink for eyeball tattoo.
How painful is Eyeball Tattooing?
Generally tattoo on the skin causes some pain, but interestingly eyeball tattoo causes no pain. According to a recipient, it feels like somebody is poking at your eye, then there is some pressure, then it feels like you have some sand in your eye and then you won’t feel any pain at all.
Eyeball Tattoo Technique
The process involves injecting a pigment directly into the eyeball so it stays under the eyes thin corneal layer or the conjunctiva. A single syringe has sufficient ink to cover quarter of the eye. You will need several injections to cover the full eye, which then remains permanent.
Side-Effects of Eyeball Tattoos
Are there any side-effects to this strange tattoo trend? Yes, the side-effects include long headaches, sensitivity to light and migration and straining of the ink to the surrounding tissues. American Optometric Association has condemned this practice and warned tattoo enthusiasts that this could cause blindness. There is always a risk of loss of vision.
Eyeball tattoos is a technique that can be done for anybody who wants to decorate their eyeball. This strange or maybe weird tattoo is popular in Singapore, America, and London and in Sydney. Luna Cobra gets at least one client in a week to perform the eyeball tattoos, but he tries to discourage them from getting black eyeball tattoo done as it can look frightening and it might halt your career options.
Experts have advice for those who want to experiment with their looks, to try out the colored contact lenses, but body art fans are known to take their love for inking to another extreme. Always weigh the advantages and disadvantages before even considering getting an eyeball tattoo done.