Future Trends in Tattooing: Light-Reactive, Nanotech, and 3D Printing

Tattooing has a long and rich tradition. But like everything else, it’s adapted to new technology and new techniques.

Here are some of the most intriguing future trends in tattooing.

Light-reactive Ink

It’s stunning to see tattoos that glow under black light.

UV ink enhances body art in unique ways (1). Whether it’s an alien spaceship among the stars, lightning bugs in a garden, or invisible writing that only shows up under the right conditions, the effects are gorgeous.

But since this type of ink is thin and hard to work with, not every artist has experience with it. It tends to behave like a grey wash.

Fortunately, it’s possible to use the ink with any of the best coil tattoo machines.

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