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Massage Therapist Appreciation Week

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 01:54 PM

Massage Therapists are focused on your health and deserve to be appreciated during Massage Therapist Appreciation week! As a premier salon, Delete understands the hard work that goes into ensuring the proper care and delivery of service for patients

As a thank you Delete– Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon is offering any licensed Massage Therapist professional a free B12 shot during the week of October 19 – 25, 2014. Experience that walking on sunshine feeling that comes with an extra dose of B12! Benefits of Vitamin B-12 are: Increases your energy by helping in the creation of healthy red blood cells. Balances your mood and prevents depression by increasing dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

B12 Supports weight loss by increasing your energy and metabolism. It naturally increasing your daily energy consumption to help you lose weight more 

Stop in by our Phoenix location today for your free B-12 Booster!




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Tattoos & Penny Pinching Don't Mix - By Jason Anthony

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Tattoos & Penny Pinching Don't Mix. - By Jason Anthony

I wish I could count the number of times I've heard "but it was really cheap" as I'm talking to someone about covering up a tattoo, or the "I was really young and my friend bought a tat-gun off the internet". First off, never get a tattoo from someone that calls a tattoo machine a 'gun'. Secondly, we're getting to the point as a society that I think the repercussions of poor decision making (when it comes to getting tattooed) are becoming more and more prominent, and therefore should be easier to avoid. However, it seems like there is an endless line of people that are looking for that hook up or that tattoo that costs less than the shoes they are wearing. jason-profile

I'm going to go ahead and say that if you're wearing jeans that cost more than $100, but you're turning your nose up at the idea of spending more than $1500 for a half sleeve, then your priorities might need a little tweaking. It's this kind of mentality that puts you in the scenario of standing in a tattoo shop asking how much it’ll cost to cover up some piece of garbage that you let a friend of a friend who happened to have a little bit of gear and know that the pokey part goes into the skin. (On a side note, if this is your situation I think your first stop should be a doctors office to have some blood work done. Hopefully you didn't pick up something that can't be gotten rid of). You spent $30 on a tattoo that should have cost $100 and now you're going to spend somewhere around $500 to get it to not look like an 8 year old drew it, or spend around that much or more to have it removed. Good job.

Every cover is different, but the general rule is, if you don't want it to look like a cover up then you're probably going to have to get something that's about 3 times the size of what you're trying to cover. If you don't want a tattoo that big, then your other option is laser tattoo removal to lighten it. How's that penny pinching working out for you now?

If you're reading this and you kind of feel like an idiot, then hopefully you've learned something. I definitely have a few $30 tattoos on me that I'll be getting reworked, removed, and covered up; and I'm not at all excited about having to tattoo somewhere that I've already had worked on (tattoos hurt). The point is, don't be cheap with your tattoos. If you can't afford what you want right now, then stack up your loot till you can get what you want. If you have to wait for the artist that you've been following for a while, then wait. You'll be happier in the long run. If your tattoo absolutely must happen today and if you don't get it today then you don't get it, then maybe you don't need that tattoo. Sure that takes a little bit of the spontaneity out of the adventure, but at least you won't be standing in a tattoo shop lobby 2 months from now asking what we can do to fix it or even calling a tattoo removal shop the next day to have it removed. Just wait and be patient, you’ll be extremely happy that you did.

Tags: Tattoo regret, tattoo regrets, tattoo fade,, cost of a coverup,, cheap tattoos,, Tattoo Fading

Deleteathon 2014: Bringing Free Tattoo Removal to the Valley

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 @ 07:00 AM


[Now Toasting]

Four Fantastic Years Erasing Tattoo Regret in the Valley 

Join us Thursday, November 13th for Delete -- Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon’s fourth anniversary Deleteathon, celebrating the salon’s two years in the Valley!

Join us for complimentary services, tasty small bites and Delete’s signature ‘Eraser’ cocktail, served throughout the day.

Complementary services: 
-- Tattoo removal treatments
-- B-12 boosts

[Current Deleters]

Bring a friend and receive $50 worth of Delete dollars to use on your next tattoo removal or spa treatment

[Future Family]

Receive complimentary laser tattoo removal treatments (up to 4”)* 

When: Saturday November 13, 2014 from 9 AM-7 PM
Where: Delete -- Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon at 6020 N. 16th Street | Phoenix, AZ 85016  

For more information or to schedule your complimentary tattoo removal or B-12 shot, call the salon at 602.343.6355 or reach us on 855-2DELETE.

*Complimentary tattoo removal treatments available for new patients only.


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Written in Ink - To Ink or Rethink?

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

To Ink, or Rethink Your Favorite Verse? That is the Question. By Sarah Bettencourt

Do script, verse, and character tattoos require a deeper meaning? I believe they do. From the translated quotes and verse tattoos to the Chinese characters on an arm, tattoos have more than just a translated meaning, but a philosophical and inspirational one too. Tattoos are more than imagery or words; they’re typically a statement of your personal philosophy. Ironically, popular script and verse tattoos can isolate you from others  rather than bring admiring viewpoints  In an article written by New York Times author Leslie Jamison, she discusses her desire for a tattoo, how long it took her to finally have it done, and then ultimately her dissatisfaction with her choice. She had “nothing human is alien to me” translated into Latin tattooed on her arm. She loved the quote by the Roman playwright Terence; it fit her emotional state perfectly, at the time.

One summer, Jamison walked into a drugstore. The man at the check out stand looked at the tattoo and said to her “There are people going through things in this world that are really bad. Do you understand that?” Jamison attempted to discuss how her tattoo portrayed her ambition. The clerk persisted on, “You will leave a little piece of yourself with everyone you imagine. You will get exhausted trying to give yourself away,” and Jamison did. She came to understand that the tattoo wasn’t really for her, but rather for her to inspire others and take what she needed from them. Her tattoo resonated negatively with the clerk, and he blocked the reaction that Jamison desired. He forced her to look deeper into her tattoo’s meaning. Her father even challenged her tattoo’s meaning, commenting on the genocide happening around the world.

Before inking your favorite verse, it’s important to note how other people will interpret your tattoo(s). As with Jamison’s tattoo, philosophical statements are often viewed through the lens of experience.

Bounce your script or verse tattoo idea off close friends and family and gage their reactions. People who know you well will challenge your idea and force you to think on a higher level about whether or not the tattoo represents you. Situations like Jamison’s show us the importance of truly and deeply understanding your motivation, your tattoo’s representation of your philosophy as well as how it’ll be interpreted by others. This is even more important in situations where your tattoo is translated wrong or written incorrectly like Hayden Panettiere’s famously misspelled “Live without Regrets” tattoo.

One of my best friends has a verse from the song Sick Hearts by The Used written into one of her tattoos. Years ago, we saw The Used live at the Marquee. We met the band after the concert and she proudly showed off her tattoo to the lead singer who then said, “Those are the wrong lyrics,” “no they’re not,” she replied. “I wrote the song, so I should know.” Embarrassed, she explained what the lyrics meant to her regardless if they were wrong or not and there was no contest to her personal feelings on the lyrics by the singer. Upon arriving home after the concert, she looked up the lyrics everywhere and rest assured, she was right; her tatted lyrics were correct. I’m sure many have experienced this issue and possibly still had the wrong lyrics or words tattooed. What’s more embarrassing than having your philosophy on life or your ability to capture correct words is having the wrong translation


Translations can be tricky, especially when many of us are not fluent in a particular language. More often than not, those who walk into a tattoo shop and pick out a tattoo and have it translated into a foreign language end up translating some part of it wrong. At that point you either deal or you remove. Translator and blogger, Hanzi Smatter constantly shares mistranslated tattoos, mostly Asian translations that have gone awry. Asian symbols account for more than 90% of mistranslated tattoos in America. Our tip for having a translated tattoo: Ask someone who is fluent in the language to draw your tattoo in advance! 

The meaning of script, verse, and lyric tattoos can vary in topic across the board. Everything from philosophical to a translation of “power.” Thinking before you ink means looking inward, and discussing your tattoo before actually committing to the ink. Once you have and it is still a reflection of you, Confidently ink. In reality, smart decisions involve the ability to rethink before you ink.


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Is your tattoo ink making you sick?

Posted by Marci Zimmerman on Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

How Safe Is Your Ink?

"Think before you ink" is more than a catchy tag line at Delete.  From spectacular artwork to amateur tattoos, we like to think we have seen it all and only truly hate the tattoo that makes you sick.  With millions of people, or roughly 23% of Americans, having at least one tattoo (PEW Research Center, 2010), there are a number of questions on how tattoo ink impacts health.  Many patients at Delete - Tattoo Removal & Laser Salons have multiple tattoos, plan to add to their tattoos, and have also reported sensitivity to their ink upon receiving a tattoo in the past. Check out the Delete's video from "Good Evening Arizona"  How Safe Is Your Ink?

Since our skin is the biggest organ and the body’s first line of defense against toxic substances, it will absorb anything that we put on it (like lotion), or in it (like tattoo ink). Even though tattoo ink settles into the skin and stays there permanently, it can fade by being absorbed by the body or by being exposed to sunlight. The ink that the body slowly absorbs over time is taken into the blood stream and picked up by white blood cells to detoxify through the liver. In fact, Laser Tattoo Removal counts on this natural mechanism for the tattoo removal process.describe the image

Sensitivity to tattoo ink is caused by ingredients commonly found in it.  And while the FDA could regulate specific ingredients found in tattoo ink, action to protect consumers will only be taken if and when sufficient safety issues related to the inks are reported. "Our hope is to get a better understanding of the body's response to tattoos and their impact on human health, and to identify products at greatest risk," says Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., Director of FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2009. Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?).

Currently, the FDA reports tattoo risks as scarring from the tattoo artist, general allergic reactions from the ingredients found in the ink, dirty needle infection from a blood borne pathogen, such as HIV or hepatitis, small bumps or granulomas formed by the body’s response to ink particles, or swelling/burning associated with an MRI. There has not been sufficient information on the risks of being tattooed with the ingredients of tattoo ink. This has led to the unregulated use of a number of toxic ink ingredients.  Lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, titanium and other heavy metals may be found in tattoo inks. In fact, our "White Hot Trend Alert – Rethinking White Ink Tattoos" blog post, highlights the danger of titanium dioxide found in white ink.  These ingredients can lead to different health conditions, such as heavy metal toxicity, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain fog, memory loss, early aging, and autoimmune disorders such as lupus, celiac, and hypo/hyper active thyroid.  Some black ink has been reported to have polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); there is a possibility that PAHs is linked to some skin cancers. Since the FDA does not regulate the ink industry, it is close to impossible to predict what the possible side effects and outcomes are from receiving a tattoo with toxic ink.

Luckily, a number of the possible toxic substances found in ink have a very short half-life, meaning they do not stay in the body for a long time. Staying healthy before and after getting a tattoo, and also during the tattoo removal process, is crucial. If you are healthy, the body is well-equipped with detoxification pathways that can handle many of the ingredients in tattoo ink. However, if you are sensitive to new substances introduced to the body, or have a compromised immune system or unhealthy life style, then be cautious and educated about what substances are used in the tattoo ink.

It is important that if you do, or even if you do not have a tattoo, you take an active role in your health. This means drinking plenty of water, exercising, and eating lots of vegetables. Helping your body detoxify, keeping the circulation moving and fortifying the liver as it flushes out any and all toxins can protect you from chronic disease. It is also a good idea to consult a physician or nurse at Delete about what supplements you can be taking to support the liver and maintain a healthy life-style. The Pure Encapsulations’ Liver Detox, Fish Oil and Multi T-D supplements found at Delete help in the tattoo removal process. We also recommend B-12 Boosts and Nutrient Infusions that will give your body extra nutrients to help the detoxification pathways function at their best.

If you don’t have a tattoo but are thinking of getting one, talk with your tattoo artist about the ingredients found in the ink they are using. Do your research and be as informed as possible.  The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a valuable tool. If you have any questions about an ink ingredient, our medical team is here to help before, during and after your tattoo. Take an active role in your health. We predict that tattoo ink will be regulated in the future, but for now it is "Buyer beware."

Below are some helpful links. Do your research and stay healthy Deleters! Do-tattoos-make-you-sick? 

Mayo Clinic:Tattoos: Understand risks and precautions

FDA Consumer Update


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Best of the Worst American Pride Tattoos

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Fri, Jul 04, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

At Delete, we’re all about showing off your American pride. We live in a great country where painted facewe’re free to express our frustrations, angst, and pride for our government and country. There are cute ways to do this, like buying an Old Navy Independence Day t-shirt, Old navyhosting a BBQ, or painting your face on the 4th of July. There are some people that take this freedom of expression just a little too far. We’ve compiled a list of the best of the worst American Pride tattoos…Enjoy!

Eric Hartsberg of Michigan City had this Romney-Ryan logo tattooed on his face back in 2012. He auctioned his face on eBay for ad space. The eirk hartsbergwinning bid paid a pretty penny to have the tattoo on his face. Since Romney’s loss in 2012, Hartsberg has had the tattoo removed. Eric said the tattoo, “Stands not only for a losing campaign, but for a sore loser.”

If you looked up “Tattoo Failure” in the urban dictionary, we are sure you would find this guy’s tattoo. The tattoo reads, “Made in the USA” and is

made in the usa stamped on his buttocks. Patriotism? Or just a really bad idea?  Wouldn’t you say he went a little too far? Let’s hope this one goes back to the factory!

Texas is great. There’s amazing landscape, no state income tax, and of course this tattoo. Seriously describe the imagethough, we hope there’s a delete button in the near future for this guy to hit!

If you haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty, we suggest you describe the imagecheck it out! It’s pretty magnificent and represents the hope of our immigrant ancestors.  There are a lot of tattoos of Lady Liberty that are truly artistic.  Unfortunately, this lady had a few to many and needs to be liberated.   At first glance you’re probably thinking, it’s not so bad.

But, take a closer look and you’ll notice the misshaped hands, saucers flying in the background, and the disproportioned shading. Look at it long enough and it’ll make your head hurt.  All in favor… Say, “hit delete!” 

The liberty bell is an iconic piece of US history, and this tattoo just destroys any hint of historical significance.  Loud and proud this bell rings for something liberty bellother than freedom.   We think someone got a little carried away with Philly Beer Week!

Last, there are the American flag tattoos. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are either a big hit or a horrific miss. This flag tattoo is definitely a miss. But let’s face it, we’re all proud

usa faceof our country, and there’s nothing like showing off our pride on the 4th of July even if it’s on this list.

These tattoos redefine what it means to be a proud American. Just make sure you find yourself on the right side of history this holiday! Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!  

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Please Look – Don’t Touch: Tattoo’s as a Form of Art

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Screen Shot 2014 07 01 at 11.47.03 AMTattooing as an Art Form and the Coorelation Between Bodies and Galleries By Jason Anthony


Tattooing is an art form as much as it is a learned skill set, as are traditional art forms such as painting and drawing. This is something I've understood for a while and I'm constantly reminded of, whether it's seeing some new amazing piece posted on Instagram, or the random person that I run into on the street assuring me that it 'really is art' after seeing the mess that I'm wearing on my arms. Many people would agree with this. 

Tattooing in this day and age has evolved past the simple folk imagery of traveling carnivals and shops filled with hand painted flash-images all created by the artists that work there. We now live in an age where, for the most part, people don't walk into a shop and pick something off the wall. People are looking for a custom tattoo, and if you're not able to draw up a good-looking one (sometimes with extreme brevity) then there's a good chance that tattooing may not be a terribly fruitful endeavor for you.

seasick tattooPeople expect a higher level of quality in their tattoo-artist, as opposed to someone who can successfully trace the lines and fill the colors exactly the way the picture on the wall looks. Clearly, I'm driving home the point that we're at a point in history where tattooing is truly coming into it's own. Some pieces are composed so well, and rendered so flawlessly that they rival half the things I've seen in art museums and can stand up to a very hard critique.

That being said, in the event that you're at an art museum meandering around and taking in all the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and various exhibits, would you at any point think it's okay to maybe take a painting off the wall and hold it up to the light just to get a better look at it? Would you run your finger across the canvas just to see what the texture was like? You might, and if you weren't escorted off the premises you would at the very least be reprimanded and warned not to do so again.

With this in mind, I wonder what makes some people think that they have the liberty to grab another person to get a better look at a tattoo that someone has. I promise that the person being grabbed is aware that they have an amazing piece of art on them. I also promise that most of the time they are very annoyed about being groped by a stranger, no matter how innocent the gesture may be. You don't go snatching glasses off of someone's face if you think you like the frames their wearing, or slip a pair of flops off their feet to see if they'll look good on you. Don't grab people. It's rude. It's intrusive. In some cases it may get you punched in the face or have you washing pepper spray out of your eyes. you're a match that can't be lit

If you absolutely must see someone's tattoo then politely ask. If they don't mind then I'm sure they’d be happy to show it to you, and you probably won't even have to touch them at all. If they don't want to show it to you or even bother to acknowledge your request, then as an adult you should be able to accept that rejection and continue grocery shopping, lurking the mall, walking to the light rail stop, or carrying on with whatever event is current in your life. If you can't accept the rejection then that's another discussion for another time, and you probably have some part of you still left undiscovered and should go on a road trip by yourself with a great mix tape (read playlist). What I’m getting at here is that a tattooed person’s body is like a museum, please ask – don’t touch.


Tags: tattoo is art, tattooers are artists, tattooing gallery, jason anthony, golden rule tattoo

Traditional Businesses Accept Tattoos, But Don't Hand Out Promotions

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

With more than 49% of Americans having one or more tattoos, the working world has had to undergo dramatic shifts in policies regarding the appearance of tattoos in the workplace. Companies such as Revana, Bank of America and Dell Computers now allow employees to have non-offensive tattoos visible.  Traditionally, business establishments such as these required employees to completely cover tattoos and make their ink invisible to customers. In fact, it’s not only these few companies that allow tattoos; most do. Unfortunately what these businesses don’t report is that for those who have visible tattoos, receiving a promotion is highly unlikely.describe the image

Right or wrong, acceptance of workplace tattoos has opened up doors that were previously closed and allowed many who would have been considered unemployable to now hold jobs in traditionally conservative fields. Diversity is both embraced and a cornerstone value of most corporations and businesses. Employment seeking individuals with tattoos can definitely land the job with the company of their dreams, but is it the job of their dreams?  Mark Brenner, senior VP of external affairs at Apollo Group says, “Depending on if they are visible or offensive in nature, tattoos can have an impact on professionalism. “  Despite the acceptance of tattoos in the workplace, many senior execs believe tattoos portray a lack of professionalism and dependability.  

Regardless of company owners’ and policy makers’ opinions on tattoos, Dr. Ira S. Wolfe expects, “there will be a sea change of attitudes toward tattoos in the next 25 years as tattooed and pierced peers begin running more companies.” Wolfe also predicts that policies banning tattoos will likely become a thing of the past.  Once the current generations shift into being the movers and shakers, it will be interesting to see how social norms will be tested.  In the meantime, 25 years is a long way away and Millennials looking to move up the career ladder might feel the need to choose between keeping their visible tats and possibly missing that promotion, or removing them to make that climb. Just as we have the freedom to get a tattoo, we also have the freedom – and should feel empowered – to delete our tattoos when they no longer represent our desired image.   

As Deleters, we believe that all people are individuals with valuable skills and aptitudes. Tattoos are a means of self-expression, period.   Having a tattoo doesn’t make anyone less qualified for a position.  But if the opportunity to move up presents itself and your ink is holding you back, turn to Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon for the most comfortable, effective and affordable tattoo removal possible. It’s about having options, but you need to be 100% ready to part with your art.

Having your tattoos removed is a personal choice, and a sensitive one.  So when you’re ready, let Delete give you a fresh tattoo-less start. 

Tags: tattoo removal, jobs accepting tattoos, business policy on tattoos, tattoo diversity, getting a promotion with tattoos

Jason Anthony of Golden Rule Tattoo Shares What Makes A Tattoo Yours

Posted by Sarah Bettencourt on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Realizations On Why You Should or Shouldn't Get A Certain Tattoo - By Jason Anthony

While helping a good friend move the other day (because that's what real friends do) we discussed the utter astonishment that some people get when you tell them 
"No, these tattoos don't mean anything."
"Wait, like, nothing at all?"
"No, nothing. I like the pictures."

How on earth could you put something on your body that doesn't mean anything? The very idea seems so foreign to people. Tattoos are after all (semi) permanent. What are you going to do when you get old and have to explain them to your kids or grandkids? Did you know that they're permanent?jason profile resized 600

The fact of the matter is that for every single individual there's a different reason for getting tattooed. Sure, lots of times those reasons overlap, but that makes them no less important to the individual that is getting the tattoo. Thanks to the popularity that tattooing has gained through our mass media overlords, we as (good) tattooershave become increasingly in-demand. But with that increase comes some of the ideas that were planted in our little brains about what a tattoo is, and should represent. It is after all (relatively) permanent, so it absolutely must mean the ENTIRE universe to you, if you're going to go through the pain of getting something (somewhat) permanently marked into your VERY FLESH.

With the vast ocean of importance that your tattoo holds, there has to be a story that goes along with it. A story that explains and showcases everything to a person about what makes you as an individual, tick. It should showcase the very essence of your every fiber, right? ... Sure ... Maybe ... But not really.

In the end, it's going to be a picture that has been tattooed by countless other artists onto countless people years and years before you were born. Even my most creative colleagues are still tattooing the same imagery that's been done by mankind since cave drawings. If there's a story to your tattoos, then that's awesome. However, sometimes people get tattooed simply because tattoos look cool. I don't live on a TV show. I'm not looking for that one epic and emotionally moving story to get ratings to increase the number of ad dollars I can seek out of sister companies with similar vested interests. I'm just trying to get a good-looking tattoo. For example, tigers can represent fearlessness, or royalty, or perseverance, or whatever, and that's cool, but it's still a bad ass looking animal that makes for a great tattoo. That's why my back has a giant tiger on it. But thank God these things are only kind of permanent, because some of those things that meant the world to me a decade ago (that I couldn't wait to get tattooed), are starting to look pretty busted.

With that said, take your own time thinking about the imagery that you'd have tattooed. It could be a few days or a few years...even a few seconds. Either way my goal as a tattoo artist is that you’ll love your tattoo even if it doesn’t have a great story. 


About Jason Anthony:

Jason Anthony has been tattooing professionally since January 2004 and through his illustrative interpretation of the ancient art of tattooing he has been awarded several honorific titles including: "That loud guy in the corner", "Most likely to accept any compliment with grace and humility", and "The one that nerds go to for their video game/comic book/d&d tattoo". You can find him creating his life's work on the beautiful people of earth at The Golden Rule Tattoo in downtown Phoenix. More recently Jason Anthony has been named Best Tattoo Artist of Phoenix by AZ Foothills Magazine.



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White Hot Trend Alert - Rethinking White Ink Tattoos

Posted by Marci Zimmerman on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

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Tattoos have certainly grown in popularity and especially ones with unique and custom artwork. Today's hottest trend in the tattoo world is white ink tattoos.

Celebrity tattoos are typically how trends start and this one is no exception! Starlets like Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan, as well as Rihanna have popularized this white hot tattoo trend. Despite white ink being hot, many tattoo artists and physicians ask you to "think before you ink."

Jason Anthony from Golden Rule Tattoo says, “Some of us will do white tattoos as long as people know that the results can vary greatly from person to person. Our willingness to do them is also contingent on the final design. If we know that it won't make for a good tattoo then we won't do it.”  The white ink could eventually turn yellow or brown and fade away, or even turn pink by simply mixing with your blood. Another issue with white ink tattoos arises when the ink mixes with the outline stamped onto your skin.

Aside from reluctance of tattoo artists, the end-result of your white ink tattoo shouldn’t really be your main concern.   Medical experts including Delete's Dr. Jen Mundt warn that the toxins that create the pigment in white ink is a risk to your health. describe the image

According to Dr. Mercola, of, The main toxin in white ink is a chemical compound called titanium dioxide. Other chemicals include; Lead carbonate, anatase, and rutile (anatase and rutile bring variations of titanium dioxide). The naturally occurring compound has been categorized as a possible carcinogen, which cause cellular malfunction, and further cause the cells to become cancerous upon impact. The combination of these ingredients can become lethal to the surrounding tissue and cells.  There is simply not enough scientific evidence because the effects of titanium dioxide being mixed with the above chemicals are not fully tested on humans at this time; the risk of a possible and very probable carcinogen to your health is real.

In addition to the toxic ingredients found in white ink, it's response to laser tattoo removal varies greatly. “Laser tattoo removal requires that there be a pigment (black, blue, green, pink, etc.) for the laser to hit. When the ink is white (and light colored) all tattoo removal lasers have difficulty identifying and breaking up the the ink” says Dr. Mundt.  "The other issue with white ink is the tricky, toxic ingredient - titanium dioxide. Dr. Mundt explains further, “When this ingredient is hit by the laser it actually turns gray or black first and may take a number of extra sessions to remove.”  Regular gray or black ink usually takes 10 treatments, so titanium dioxide extends and may even double the length of the tattoo removal process.  Pink tinted white ink

Still considering getting a white ink tattoo? Josh   Squires from Richmond Tattoo Shops reccomends  keeping some money set-aside, as white ink tattoos require frequent touch-ups. 

Every day is filled with stories of tattoo regret at Delete - Tattoo Removal and Laser Salons.  So "think before you ink" is more than a cliche'.  We love the tattoos that you love and hate the ones you do not.  So if you are thinking about a white ink tattoo weigh the risks of application and to your health, be prepared for the costs to touch up and remove and keep us posted on your questions and decision. 





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