This Week in BME

You know, back in my day, when someone passed out drunk, you would just draw on their face or, worst case, administer a minor teabagging. This? This just seeems excessive. Oh, the youth of today.

(Black light ink tattoos by Jimmy Griswold on the bottom of his sister’s foot at Muskegon Ink in Muskegon, Michigan.)

Well, it’s been a fun week. If you’ll recall:

  • Everybody loves lesbian vampires.
  • Redheads have more fun, even in black and white.
  • Crude belly tattoos? Divisive!
  • Canvas LA’s Visionaries II show looked like a good time.
  • Cancer can go right to hell.
  • And something else happened, I just can’t remember … OH right, BME shop reopened! The annual holiday gift-giving season is around the corner, folks — just the way Jesus intended. You know what to do.

    54 thoughts on “This Week in BME

    1. it just looks like black light paint pen on the bottom of someones foot….is that even a tattoo?

    2. The tattoo artists I’ve talked have always been extremely against black light / UV tattoo ink. The reason they’ve given me has been because there is phosphorus in the ink, which is/can be cancerous, as well as other ingredients that, though approved separately FDA approved, have not been approved when combined into tattoo ink. Has anyone else heard of this?

    3. No 5 (vemla): The artists you’ve talked with, were nuts.
      Talking silly things, without knowing anything about chemistry (indeed tattooists should have some basic knowledge), is a bad thing. Phosphorus in tattoo ink. You would not like to put phosphorus into tattoo ink, which is exposed to water (tissue) and air. Phosphorus glows in air, because it is reacting with oxygen, indeed that is not called phosphorescence, but chemi-luminiscense. The reaction is fierce, and little amounts of (the white isoform of) phosphorus set free enough heat to set things ablaze. That was the reason why a mixture of fuel ans phosphorous was inside the infamaous second world war fire bombs. You can not extinguish that fire – as soon as the water is gone, the reaction starts. Phosphourosxide, reacts subsequent with water to a strong acid (phosphoric acid). This one is very agressive, but completely nontoxic, maybe read the ingredients of Coca cola… Phosphorus is an important mineral for our body.

      If he meaned “phosphors”, than that is something completely different, there are pigments able to store light energy for a while in semistable activated electrones (electrones pushed to a higher energy level, after a while they fall back). There are not so many of these substances, and indeed most of them are toxic, or cancerogenous (heavy metal salts).

      Maybe there would be some non-toxic pigments available, but that is not necesarry, for a blacklicht tattoo.
      This requires a flourescent pigment, a flourophor. It also takes ab, pushing electrons to a higher eneregy-level, from which they fall back immediately, releasing light energy and thermal vibration. That’s why the emitting light is red-shifted to the absorbed light. There’s a shitload of substances doing that, put UV in, get red, yellow, green, blue out. Some of them are non-toxic, and nevertheless stable. These are FDA approved for use in food – which means massive uptake into the body.

      So the UV inks are safe…. now (there waere other times…)

      And they do not contain phosphorus, which would be completely useless, and they do not contain phosphors, which would – if you find nion-toxic, but stable ones, a pretty interesting thing, but not meant as blacklicht tattoo. That one would than glow for hours after it was irradiated with light, while a blacklight tattoo needs constant light absorbtion to work. It would be a different way of idea, and it will get a different name (e.g. Everglow-tattoo).

      So people should learn basic chemistry before talking, particularly when that concerns their work.

      Statement to the picture:
      The shown tattoo is boring, rudeness is not a proper supplement for artists cunning.
      Additional UV-ink coloration of colorful “normal” tattoos can give excellent effects…

    4. I wouldn’t have found it as funny if it were in an exposed body part. This is perfectly silly.

    5. to each their own, but I don’t see anything particularly humourous in this tatt. I find it random and rather pointless.

    6. This is funny beyond words. I wish someone would’ve tattooed a funny UV tat on my foot while I was passed out. I would only wear one shoe so I could show it to everyone:-) Awesome!!!

    7. I don’t think learning (not-so) basic chemistry is compulsory for most people who enjoy/have tattoos….

    8. I kind of find it funny… kind of don’t. (Call me a pussy… the “I love meth” part bothers me.. I almost lost my best friend to meth).
      But, to each their own eh…

    9. Was this consensually done? If not… I have major problems with people modifying others’ bodies without consent.

      If yes, it’s pretty amusing.

    10. Of course it was consensual, as if someone would tattoo their sister like that haha Jokes are jokes, people!

    11. @ 20, possibly because many people on BME support the reclamation of the swastika as the positive symbol it was before its appropriation by the Nazis… or maybe they just didn’t feel like flaming today.

    12. @ 20 – Swastika is obviously there as a joke and not a symbol of White Supremacy.

      Ever seen Mel Brooks movie/show ‘The Producers’ ? – Comedy can come from tragedy as long as its obvious that it is comedy.

      A Giant penis next to the symbol is enough evidence to me that it’s satirical .

    13. I kind of find it funny… kind of don’t. (Call me a pussy… the giant throbbing dick bothers me.. I almost lost my best friend to cock).
      But, to each their own eh…

    14. Too soon, my foot…I was referring to the post RE: hand swazis…the more the better I say. I personally have quite a few on myself…

    15. Stormchaser (#6): thanks for the chemistry breakdown! I thought it was odd that something would be featured so heavily on BMEzine if it was leading to instant cancer.

    16. Did anyone even notice that the penis is shooting stars onto a set of boobs? Tilt your head to the right to see what I mean.

    17. Phosphorus is not for florescent ink, but for glow in the dark ink. It is still used in some printing ink for stickers, shirts, & posters,… & some tattoo ink suppliers to obtain their pigment from the same source houses as screen print ink companies.

      At Seppuku, we have avoided using either florescent, or UV ink,… we were apprenticed old school & are fully well aware of what we put in our pigments, many of which are chemicals already found in the body, the easiest example being the carbon in the black. (The exception being a few Tokyo colors from Skin Candy, which I have had no medical problems with).

      I have seen mixed results from day glo ink,… some seems to heal safely, some people have terrible outbreaks of dermatitis, often enough so I cannot guarantee it’s use on my clientele.

      I also have two other aesthetics that bother me about using it,… first, some of the colors look like shit in normal daylight. They only look in black light, & how often is anyone under black light, percentage-wise, in their lives.

      The other is, I do not trust the manufacturer making claims that the ink is ‘FDA approved’. There is not tattoo ink that is FDA approved. When you read the rider sheet they provide, you find that the chemicals they are using are FDA approved for the use in fish, so scientists can infuse the fish with the chemicals, & then watch their behavior in the UV spectrum. The FDA has to approve the chemical in case you one day eat that fish.

      That’s a scummy sales pitch. In a day & age where every sleazy company is looking to profit off our industry, & were no where to be found when we fought for legalization, that’s a huge turn off. It’s dishonest at best & fraud at the worst.

    18. Caution: phosphors you mean, not phosphorus…
      You would see the difference. If the ink stiops glowing, after blacklicht (UV) stops = fluorescence, no phosphos inside. If it stays glowing for a while: phosphors.
      I bet infuture phosphor-containing ink will come up, and it will be safe then. Still you might not want to mix that – it is a difference if it glows only, directly while UV-light is applied, or if it continiues glowing for hours after stopping light-irradiation…

      Ugly reactions may occur, as they do also for normal inks (infamous reds…?), and surely the tings will become more safe, when tattoo pigments underwent stronger regulations – also regarting the matrix they are emedded in.

      The UV-active pigments now are not less safe than the normal one.

    19. Hahahah. I love this. The handicapped symbol. The banana. The paper clip. A worm in a fuckin’ space helmet. Oh yes, this is a great tattoo.

    20. i hope this person gets skin cancer and dies. nothing cool about this tattoo, especially if it was on someone who was passed out (which i doubt) blacklight ink is not approved by anyone and should not be going into peoples bodies. this kinda crap just promotes its use by people who see it and think its cool

    21. not really crazy about this..i mean for novelty sake i guess its funny. the cock shooting stars on to the boobs just reminds me or forgetting sarah marshall: I wanna “b” my “l” on some “t’s”. love that movie.

    22. Stormchaser wrote a pretty good breakdown on why this ink isn’t cancerous. I would like to add that some UV tattoo inks are approved by the FDA… for fish. Marine biologist have been using fluorescent ink for years without hurting the animals involved. Apparently, they had to get FDA approval. (Maybe because the ink would have gotten into the food supply??) So you get an tattoo ink that is FDA approved, while the FDA says that no tattoo inks are approved. (’cause the jerks won’t review tattoo inks for humans)

    23. 13- then you probably think that human anatomy is not that important for a surgeon to learn? a tattoo artist is putting chemicals into a person’s skin on a permanent basis, i think a good knowledge of chemistry and biology is neccessary to provide a quality service

    24. i heart meth too, but not because it’s great or good or even the littlest bit enjoyable or positive in any way shape or form, but because it turns out hilarious joke stories like the subject of this photo.

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