Table of contents:
- Eyeball tattooing: the history of the procedure
- How to make a tattoo on the eyeball
- The best and worst examples of eyeball tattoo
The eyes are the windows to the soul. While we are still surprised to meet a person with unusual contact lenses on the street, there are those who decided to radically change their eye color forever. This unusual procedure causes a lot of controversy, and there are only a few masters in the world who are familiar with the process.
Eyeball tattoos are an experimental trend. Such a radical change in appearance will not leave anyone indifferent: some will be terrified, others will delight. A frightening procedure is unsafe, and the consequences remain for a long time.
Eyeball tattooing: the history of the procedure
An eyeball tattoo is not such a novelty. Decorating the iris began in ancient Rome and ancient Greece to remove painful white spots. The practice became widespread in the 19th century. They tried to restore the cornea with the help of tattooing. The doctors used different needles and inks. The operations were not ethical enough, since even doctors, and even more so, did not know about the possible consequences of the use of dyes.
Nowadays, changing the color of the cornea has become one of the procedures that are performed in cosmetology clinics. Back in 2007, tattoo artists Shannon Larratt and Luna Cobra designed and made the first eyeball tattoo in Toronto. They were kind of "pioneers" of this procedure, and there are still only a few tattoo parlors in the world that offer such services.
How to make a tattoo on the eyeball
Eyeball tattooing is not strictly a tattoo. It's more like an injection - a needle is inserted into the sclera and through a syringe, the tattoo artist fills the eyeball with colored ink. That is, it is practically impossible to “paint” before our eyes, you can only mix colors throughout the entire scleral space, creating the desired visual effect. Male and female eyeball tattoos are no different, except in colors, but there is no clear separation: men can choose juicy multi-colored options, and women can choose an eerie black fill.
The procedure for a tattoo on the eyeball looks quite intimidating. This is what the master does.
- first instills an anesthetic drug;
- then injects the pigment into the iris or sclera with a thinnest needle;
- removes the needle, erases the remaining ink.
You will not be able to shoot at a time - you need at least three procedures. The wizard works sequentially, filling in the top, middle and bottom layers of the shell. All this time, the client is under the supervision of the master. The body does not always accept a tattoo on the eyeball. If the pigment spreads unevenly or the swelling persists for a long time, the master will recommend to postpone the continuation or completely abandon the idea.
In addition, eyeball tattooing is fraught with complications. The reasons are in the significant risk of infection, as well as dyes, none of which have been tested and patented for this particular procedure. There is a danger of allergies, inflammation and retinal dissection. The most dangerous possible consequences include the following:
- the development of glaucoma, cataracts;
- overgrowth of the pupil - closure with fibrous tissue;
- photophobia, increased tearing;
- partial or complete blindness.
“It feels like you were poked in the eye, and then you feel a strange pressure, and it’s like sand was poured into your eyes. In general, tattooing eyeballs is not painful,”shares her feelings Kylie Garth, now the owner of light blue eyes.
The best and worst examples of eyeball tattoo
Amber Luke from Australia loves tattoos. She has more than 200 tattoos and punctures on her body, her teeth are similar to those of a vampire, and the tattoo of the eyeballs, she believed, should be an important addition to the image. However, things did not go as she expected. After a 40-minute eyeball tattooing procedure, she went blind for 3 weeks. Fortunately, her eyesight returned, but Amber did not expect such an effect.
Catt Gallinger - a young woman from Canada - encourages those wishing to do something similar with their eyes to think twice before that. Katt wanted to get a tattoo on her eyeballs to feel "at home in her body", but she could not imagine how it would affect her health. After a tattoo artist injected ink into her left eye, Gallinger felt pain in her eye and went to the hospital where she was prescribed antibiotics in drops. Unfortunately, the eye drops only made it worse, her eye swollen, and ink began to seep through it. Ink dripped around the iris, and vision in the left eye was severely impaired. Unfortunately, doctors assume that vision will never be restored.
There were a lot of people who wanted to explain to Katt that it was stupid to have an eyeball tattoo operation, to which she replied: “You know what? Do you really think that after what I've been through, I don't understand it? Yes, I am the first one to speak out against tattooing! I think about it every time I look in the mirror."
It could be worse, according to the clinic, Katt could remain completely blind.
Instagram user under the nickname Tatoographer karan calls himself the first person in India to get eyeballs tattooed.
28 year old tattoo artist Chester lee from Singapore was probably the first person to undergo an eyeball tattoo in 2007. He simply says, "She was on my backlog."
Chester Lee confesses that he was very nervous in front of her. His eyes hurt for several more days.
Dan Malette from Toronto says that he usually wears glasses, so that people around him often do not even pay attention to his feature - a tattoo on his eyeballs. Others ask if he wears contact lenses. Dan admits it pisses him off. "They say to me:" Oh, cool lenses! " - Yes, these are not lenses!"
Jay has a non-standard tattoo: one of his eyes is yellow, the other is blue. He says he is used to being asked about his unusual appearance.
Have Tattboy Holden - Dependence on tattoos, 90% of his body is covered with ink. Tattboy once worked in an office, but in 2000, after a routine operation, he was suddenly bedridden due to the monstrous intensity of the pain syndrome. In search of something that could alleviate his suffering, Tattboy "went under the needle." And it helped. Although he admits that he cannot find a job due to his addiction to tattoos, he has no regrets and believes that he has turned his body into a work of art. He also has a tattoo on his eyeballs.