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When you think of a tattoo, you'll almost certainly imagine it made up of either black or colored inks. However, there some tattoo designs that contain nothing but a single white ink, and their delicate and subtle nature is becoming more and more popular.

We here at Bored Panda have put together a list of white ink tattoos that embrace the lighter side of things. Either as standalone, tasteful works that are nearly invisible, or using the contrast of white against darker colors, these truly unique tattoos will have you planning your next ink in no time! Scroll down to see them for yourself, as well as find out more about this subtle tattoo style.

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Tattoo Of Black And White Snakes

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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s a nice design, but surprised people are still getting these. it’s well known now how badly and quickly they fade.

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Getting a white tattoo isn't a decision to be taken 'lightly,' they are harder to do correctly and require an experienced tattoo artist to pull off well. Ideally, the artist will already have worked with white ink before, because it takes a well-trained eye to see the ink as it is added. Much depends on the color of the skin of course.

Artists that have worked with white ink tattoos before will know that the tattoos can look much more striking and professional if a small splash of color is mixed together with the white ink. The additional color, no matter what it is, will bring the white out more, making it ‘pop’ and be much more noticeable. Because the amount of color added is so miniscule, it will still appear white to the naked eye.  

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If you choose to go with a pure white ink, the tattoo may fade and end up being nearly invisible, and look instead like a raised scar. Simple tattoo ideas that are well suited to white ink are always a good idea, which is why choosing to go ahead with white must be thought out properly, and planned carefully.  

While white tattoos are subtle and discreet in normal light, it's a completely different story under UV light. The white ink will glow, making your tattoo spring to life in the nightclub. Keep this in mind when planning your white ink tattoo!

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I Want More White Tattoo Project Like This. Full Healed

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate most white ink tattoos, but I don't hate this. The artist packed the color in thick and it actually stand out nicely.

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8 Months Healed Minimalist White Ink Face Tattoo

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

AHHH i don't care if you hate my opinion and downvote me but gosh I hate this one!! Why would you tattoo a scar onto yourself?? Gah this frustrates me...

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Healed White Ear Lines Tattoo On My Gorgeous Friend

White ink tattoos are probably most commonly used in small ornaments or in tattoos on otherwise atypical body places.

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