Saturday, July 2, 2016

Red Ink Tattoos/Henna

Uh yeah, so I keep writing about getting a tattoo (I have none). I've been loving red ink tattoos for some time now. I think they'd go great with my skin tone, and I like the idea of my skin looking like it's been through recent scarification. I like the idea of having a "bloody" looking design.
sorry. don't know the name of the artist.

So of course, I do some Googling, and of course, red ink is risky to use if you have sensitive skin. I do. My skin is irritated by everything. If I even wear clothes a second time, my skin breaks out into rashes. Soaps...rashes. If I'm using a too-damp towel for a day (like if I'm washing dishes or clothes) I get that special brand of eczema for too-damp environments. My skin burns in two seconds. Acne. Bug bites--my skin erupts into feverous bulbs that actually bruise. Sometimes I just break into surprise rashes/eczema for no reason because it's hot. My skin is weak and will not survive the summer.


So I gave up on the red ink idea. Lol I don't even want to try a dot test. Add that to the list of tattoos that will never be. But, however, all is not lost. I think I want to try using henna pigment instead.  It's natural, lasts a few weeks. I feel like it won't irritate my skin. Of course I'll do a patch test first. ("Black henna" is extremely dangerous and isn't natural henna...just fyi if you want to try henna) 



The color changes over time, but I'll get some red days out of it. You may know that I like blackwork. That's probably what I'd do (something like the below). Couldn't find any pictures of henna styles that aren't the traditional Indian bridal designs. 




If you've got red tattoos, I'm interested to know your experience. Also if you've had henna.

9 comments:

  1. oh your poor skin! at least it's a reason to not fuck around with it and not have some embarrassing cheap tattoos ;) my skin breaks out when it's either really cold or really warm as well.
    I love the bridal design XD but the blackwork could be cool in red, very tribal.

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    1. Yeah the traditional designs are very beautiful. I was watching a few youtube videos on how to do them, and it wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be. Henna is more suited for those kind of designs since curved lines are more forgiving for errors.

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  2. Those tattoos are amazing, now I yearn for a red tattoo too. :D Your skin is very sensitive indeed, I can understand how frustrating it is. My skin is not that sensitive but enough to make me frustrated from time to time. :( I hope you some day get a tattoo without an allergic reaction!

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  3. Oh, the red ink looks awesome; scarification without having well...scars...:D I love the traditional Indian bridal henna styles, but apparently, henna just doesn't tint my skin...

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    1. Hmm I've never heard of henna failing to stain. But I don't know a whole lot about it aside from a few youtube videos. Life is a journey

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  4. Henna is very beautiful! I don't have any red ink, pink is the closest I've gone! I probably wouldn't get red on purpose unless it was important to a design, just because of the allergy issues. Honestly, I have so many allergies im surprised I can even get ink!





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    1. I haven't thought about pink. If that's safer to use, it would be a good alternative

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  5. I have red ink in some of my tattoos. I do have a lot of skin issues such as hives when I touch any weed (which just GREAT since I am a gardener), eczema, acne, etc. though my issues do not sound as severe as yours. I did not have any issues with the red ink or any other colour. I also know a lot of tattooed people and they haven't had problems with red ink, either. However, I have seen people who have had allergic reactions to tattoo inks (did not seem to be a specific colour, though) and it is not pretty.....I suppose you are smart to be cautious about this!

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