10 New Ways to Tattoo
Tattoos have been around for a long time and most people who get ink nowadays pick an original or unique design to set their tattoo apart from others. If you’re a bit more extreme, though, that may not be enough. If you’re looking for unique ways to get your ink, take a look at these ten unconventional ways people are tattooing.
1. Sclera Tattoo
Before we talk about the tattoo, let’s define sclera. Your sclera is the white portion of your eye outside the pupil and iris. The first inmate to try this type of tattooing is David Boltjes, he let his cell mate jab him in the eye with an ink-filled needle which turned his eyes a bright red color. While this may seem like a new way of tattooing, people have been tattooing their sclera for around 2,000 years! Even so, you would be in the minority if you decided to add some color to the white of your eyes.
2. Palate Tattoo
Because it is hard to show off this kind of ink, not to mention that it can be painful and a bit awkward to get because of the angle, not many people can boast to having a tattoo on their palate. It is, however, the perfect place to get a tattoo if you’re going for originality or are trying to keep your ink private or discreet. One last warning, if you decide to get a tattoo on your palate, make sure you don’t have a very sensitive gag reflex, or this visit may seem more like a trip to the dentist.
3. Tongue Tattoo
As one of the most sensitive parts of your body, anytime you have work done on your tongue, it hurts. Even so, some have decided to ink their tongues to get an original tattoo that has a shock factor when they stick out their tongue! The only downsides to this kind of ink are the pain caused to the tongue, which makes it difficult to speak for days to weeks after the procedure.
4. Tooth Tattoos
While these tattoos don’t actually get etched onto your teeth, they provide an impressive statement about who you are. These tattoos are actually etched onto crowns which are then fitted over your teeth and they come in an almost endless variety of options. You can have your favorite president or celebrity etched on your tooth, or you can stick with basic symbols or pictures.
5. Fluorescent Ink Tattoo
If you want to immediately stand out when you have a night on the town, take a look at these glow in the dark tattoos. The second you step under a black light, they glow brightly, showing off whatever design you’ve had imprinted. These tattoos have a lot of potential in our book because they give you a unique tattoo that won’t get your boss at work mad because he won’t be able to see it! And if you don’t like the idea of hiding your ink, you don’t even have to get the whole tattoo in fluorescent, you can have the artist highlight a regular tattoo with fluorescent ink.
6. Pig Tattoos
Believe it or not, we don’t mean tattoos of pigs, we mean tattoos on pigs. A fad that exploded in China when artists set up a studio called the “Art Farm,” artists tattoo pigs with almost every design imaginable, and most of them are intricate. The end-goal of the artists is to preserve the skins when the pigs die and hang them as more permanent pieces of art. If you’ve got a pig, or want a tattooed pig skin from the Chinese farm, all you need is the cash to pay for it. While we’re not sure, we wonder if this is how Dr. Seuss got the idea of green ham to go with those green eggs…
7. Cat Tattoos
Another animal fad centered on tattoos is tattooing cats. It all began when a wealthy cat owner decided to get her Sphynx tattooed with an image of king Tut on its chest. The owner was looking “for something new and different for the times we live in” and she got her wish not only did her kitty get a chest tattoo, she also set off a number of protests by animal rights activists who felt the “newness” of the idea added up to cruelty to animals.
8. Lip Tattoo
While you can get tattoos on the outside of your lip, a recent fad has seen people getting tattoos on the inside of their lips. These tattoos aren’t visible until the owner folds down his or her lip to show off their ink. This is also a way for people to conceal a message, or keep their ink private unless they choose to share it.
9. Glasses Tattoo
In order to permanently give himself the look of wearing large-rimmed glasses, this guy decided to get glasses tattooed onto his face. This case was documented by a YouTube video and while users can’t decide if they believe that this guy actually had glasses tattooed onto his face or not, you can definitely follow in his footsteps. If you’re not a fan of glasses, consider a bracelet, watch, or necklace.
10. Hair Tattoo
A little bit more practical than some of the other tattoos on our list, the “hair tattoo” is meant to give the appearance of hair to men who fell that they’re prematurely going bald. The company behind this innovative idea is HiStyl in the UK, who says that the procedure for getting the tattoo that resembles a short haircut takes about three hours. The only maintenance you’ll need after the “surgery” is to keep whatever hair you have well-trimmed so that it will blend in with your hair tattoo.