Is It Safe?
When determining whether or not you should get a glow in the dark tattoo, you should first understand that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not approved any of the phosphorus solutions used to create them.
While there are a number of tattoo artists that use the solution every day, and thousands of clients who've not reported any adverse side effects from receiving the tattoos, there are still some health risks. Phosphorus inks, once energized, emit visible light on their own. In order to make that effect even brighter, radioactive elements are sometimes added to the phosphorus inks. Phosphorus is also a known carcinogen. Side effects of phosphorus coming in contact with the skin are severe blistering, pain, burning sensations and skin rashes. Though these side effects are rare, they should be taken into consideration before determining whether or not to get a glow in the dark tattoo.
Glow In The Dark or UV Tattoo?
Glow in the dark and UV (ultra violet) tattoos are made using two different kinds of inks. While glow in the dark tattoos glow in the absence of visible light without any help from outside sources, UV tattoos do not. UV tattoos only appear to glow under the rays of an ultra violet light source, also known as a black light.
There are many everyday materials and substances that will appear to glow under a black light. Some of these materials are club soda, white paper, laundry detergents, and even vitamins like vitamin A and the B vitamins thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin. UV inks used for these types of tattoos are also available in several different colors from white to blue to red.