Seeing Purple

I know that tattooing the sclera doesn’t change the color of your vision, but when you see images like this it’s natural to think that she may be seeing the world through a purple haze.  Just so we’re clear, eyeball tattooing is extremely dangerous and can easily lead to blindness with the smallest error.

As you’ve probably guessed by the watermark, this eyeball tattoo was done by Howie down at First Blood in Sydney, Australia.

39 thoughts on “Seeing Purple

  1. How do you get a job like this? I’m not talking shit or anything, I’m honestly curious. I’m a computer tech & my current boss doesn’t care how I look, but I have been rejected for jobs in years past just because of a tiny nostril stud. I know other parts of the world are more accepting though.

  2. Phendraana – She may work in the body modification industry, she make work in a call center somewhere (a lot of them do not care what you look like), she may be a self employed artist, or business owner, or she may be unemployed and collecting some sort of government assistance, she could even be the daughter of some extremely rich people and living off a trust fund (I had a friend like that, she never had a job and bought a $200,000 house for cash).
    So to answer your question you either work somewhere that doesn’t care what you look like (usually because you do not interact with the public), somewhere that they expect you to be modified (the arts and such), or you pretty much need to be independently wealthy.

  3. Phendranna: She is a professional tattooist at First Blood in Sydney.

    5 years ago you were generally not allowed simple nostril piercings in any work force in Australia, 10 years ago you weren’t allowed any visible tattoos or be a male with ear lobe piercings.

    Perhaps one day eyeball tattooing won’t be so taboo either. :)

  4. She is in the industry, as is her partner – and they are farkin good at it, also.
    More to the point, why the hell do you care whether she can get work or not.
    Is modified folk aren’t as uneducated as you think, moreover, we spend a lot of
    time fighting for tolerance and acceptance of the choice one has, to do whatever
    they bloody well please with their bodies. It’s the truth, and should be accepted
    as such. ANYWAYS, END RANT.
    Masssif congrattles Ms N. Lovin zee purps, beautiful lady.

  5. She is in the industry, as is her partner – and they are farkin good at it, also.
    More to the point, why the hell do you care whether she can get work or not.
    Us modified folk aren’t as uneducated as you think, moreover, we spend a lot of
    time fighting for tolerance and acceptance of the choice one has, to do whatever
    they bloody well please with their bodies. It’s the truth, and should be accepted
    as such. ANYWAYS, END RANT.
    Masssif congrattles on the Val day lurves, Ms N.
    Lovin zee purps, beautiful lady.

  6. She is beautiful, and allowed to do what the hell she wants!
    Bloody nifty tatt artist, she is also.
    Ignore previous rant, comments about work etc just sounded like my parents. Prob all of ours. Ha!

  7. She looks stupid! There is a line with body modification. There is a difference between beauty and just looking like youve been shot in the head. Have fun looking like that when your old! Especially you Joel. Planning to be a tattooist forever?

  8. I am in love!
    She is so stunning.
    Natural and not so natural!
    I think people would be stupid to think this wasn’t beautiful.

    I love it <3

  9. Well said Joeltron, your 100% correct in saying that!!
    The taboo and stigma that has long came with any body modification is slowly starting to change and be recognised as an artistic expression opposed sex depraved sailors and bikies!!
    Well done Luna, and it looks soo sikk N

  10. I’ve been wanting to get my scleras tattooed black for a long time (…and then get black contacts…), but I don’t know of anyone reputable with experience that does it in the US. Does anyone have suggestions? (BTW: figured that I should probably wait until I had Lasik so I don’t need to wear corrective lenses.)

    As an aside, I have my head/neck tattooed, and I have 15 visible piercings (of 32; 11 of the visible ones are non-ear piercings), visible scarification, and I work in skilled trades/manufacturing. In many cases, if you don’t interact with the public in your job, and you don’t work for social/religious conservatives, then appearance won’t matter nearly as much as your qualifications.

  11. First blood in Sydney totally rock they are the only ones I would trust to do any body mod The wonderful artist pictured is responsible for my ink as well my brothers and his wife’s and the lovely joeltron is the only one e go to for body mods =]

  12. That makes sense, I figured she was probably in the mod industry or something.

    I can’t wait till mods are accepted everywhere. I AM seeing more & more clerks, waiters, and people in everyday jobs with piercings & tats though, and that’s very heartening :D

  13. I work at a university and have visible mods (piercings, tattoo, brands) which have never been a problem.

  14. I LOVE the bright colors of their eyes. It seems all the eye tattooing that I have seen pictures of is black or red and in my opinion makes people seem very scary. As someone whos tattoos are big, bright, and colorful works that are kinda quirky it makes me happy to see this. I like how surprised most people are that my tattoos are lighthearted and I’m “such a nice girl”. I think it takes peoples concert of what modified people are like (normally they think we’re all very scary) and kinda flips that for them. These do just that for me. They look wonderful.

  15. Purple – that’s awesome, I wasn’t saying that no modified person could ever work somewhere else, in fact I specifically said “work somewhere that doesn’t care what you look like ” My cat’s Vet in Ohio had full sleeves, there is a member of the COBM with stretched ears that is a lawyer in NYC, my best friend has full sleeves and is a burlesque dancer and a tattoo artist, and I used to be an office manager for American Express Financial Advisors Inc. with my bright red hair, an eyebrow ring, and a lip ring (the specific office I worked in just didn’t care). Sadly those employers who are open minded and see skills instead of modifications are few, that was more my point, although it does seem to be getting better as the economy is recovering. I get a lot of dental hygienists, and other medical professionals coming in to get pierced lately.

  16. @Crabapple: Seriously? I really didn’t expect to have to read this on bmezine of all places. Perhaps this place is not really suited to your closed minded attitude, either that or your just a hypercritical idiot.

    Have you ever thought about when your older, how you will feel about looking like a fuck head on the internet? Seriously though?

    Eat a dick, have a nice day.

  17. I would not, personally, get this. But I think it looks absolutely amazing (: this girl is brave! I have 11 piercings and 7 tattoos. I will eventually be covered, from neck to feet, in tattoos and I wish that society would be more accepting to piercings, tattoos and body modifications. It does not change a persons personality. What happened to “not judging a book by its cover”? Everyone should just be accepting (:

  18. didn’t shannon larratt do that like 10 years ago? yawn, not that most of you remember glider
    I could do all kinds of amazing things but like someone said, making a living outside of the industry would be hard

  19. I know a number of people who have had it done out of the industry, my friend is a car painter with a teal one, another customer has both black and is a builder.

    Perhaps the rest of the world isn’t as closed minded when it comes to heavy mods as you Rainbowdash.

  20. Lol I just have to take a moment and congratulate CRABAPPLE for their hilarious stupidity. Pure entertainment value right there my friend.
    “Are you going to be a tattooist forever?”
    Ummm… Well considering the year that I’ve been going to first blood and how rapidly nae’s work has developed, I’m gonna go with.. YES? I sure hope she will be anyway. I don’t think ANY of the resident artists/piercers at first blood would even consider an alternative career .__.
    On a different note, I LOVE FIRSTBLOOD. could not possibly imagine being stabbed and having bling added to my body anywhere else <3

  21. >5 years ago you were generally not allowed simple nostril piercings in any work force in Australia, 10 years ago you weren’t allowed any visible tattoos or be a male with ear lobe piercings.

    That’s bollocks. I came here 10 years ago (to backwards Brisbane of all places) and was bowled over by the amount of piercings and tattoos. 5 years ago you could regularly find lip piercings in ANZ and Commonwealth banking (over the counter), and waiters/waitresses with full sleeves and stretched ears were common.

  22. @joeltron, I have been unemployed for a year, I can’t even come out as trangender because I’d love a job…can’t get one…do I love mods? yes. would I like to stop using other peoples money? more so.

  23. >>my priorities are just different than yours, when one day I get stuck because my name and photo don’t match my i.d. and my facial features and I can’t get a job and have to go to a welfare office and explain why it’s my gender and disabilities and not the shrapnel on my face… or maybe when my wife and I want to have a child and can’t I will not want the adoption agency to deny us based on me looking like a minion of satan… or maybe it’s got a lot to do with the time spent with medical/psych professionals who I am trying to convince I’M JUST A NORMAL GUY to and that normal guys have a couple less holes than I do, I basically need to be deemed not insane to get hormones and surgeries and I don’t like risking more than 3 or 4 facial piercings that I can take out before appointments because, let’s face it, people with piercings get discriminated, absolutely, this is not me having a closed mind, this is me wondering about the rest of my life.

  24. @TJM: Sorry, I should have clarified. I meant in the ‘normal’ every day work place. These days I can go into a coffee shop (not a hip cafe either) and I see people with facial piercings and even occasionally mods. 10 years ago I got fired for having an eyebrow piercing at a check-out at a department store.

    @Rainbowdash: That sounds pretty harsh, I’m really sorry to read that. I guess we all just strive to be who we want to be on the outside as well as the inside – that’s the reason why I get the work that I do and also the reason why I do the work that I do.

  25. @Crabapple — really? You mean, you’re quite serious? I personally, can’t wait til I’m old and my grandkids can ask about all my awesome tattoos and point out their grandma as “The cool one with coloured arms”.
    Are you looking forward to your slow and boring death?

  26. @Joeltron – How well dos the colour maintain on the sclera tattoo? I’m not very familiar with how the structures of the eye hold ink as distinct from skin.

    Also, was the Tron comic book any good?

  27. @Jordan – The eye has many different parts and layers. The sclera is kinda like the ocean and the iris is like an island. So when the sclera is coloured, it doesn’t really creep up onto the iris.

    That is, of course, if it is done correctly and the person doesn’t move at all.

    Also, the comic was pretty shit (as with the new movie, IMHO).

  28. got a tiny $80 shop minimum tattoo lastnight, building up the right sleeve a little, finishing the left sleeve in 2 weeks, I do have tattoos, I just would’ve loved to have my ears pointed or anti eyebrows… but 22 piercings and 16 hours of tattooing isn’t bad but I gotta fly under the radar and just do me, none of this holelier [pun] than thou

  29. The more I see these the more I want my eyes done in orange or a lime green. Is there anyone in Australia that performs this procedure? Google isn’t coming up with much.

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