There are some body parts that are less readily tattooed than others and these include areas that only hard-core tattoo fans would consider such as the face or head; however you may be surprised at the number of people who have actually had an eye tattoo. This is definitely one area that makes a statement all on its own regardless of the design chosen for this location and is predominantly for those who want to be unique. Of course, many opt for this kind of body art as much for the shock factor as anything else while others simply use it to express their less conventional style of humor.
One of the main versions of an eye tattoo is when designs are tattooed on the eye lid so the design is only visible when one’s eye is closed. These could be done on one eye or both, and if one chooses to use words instead of images the latter often delivers a two word message when both eyes are closed simultaneously. This is a popular way to subtly flash messages at people as the words written on your eyelids will only be noticeable as you blink during face-to-face conversations. Many simply opt for small symbols or images that are of some personal significance and these are barely noticeable unless the wearer chooses to blink or close the eye to reveal the hidden image. However, there is another trend in this area which is designed to create the illusion that the eyes are open when they are actually shut and this involves tattooing pictures of eyes on the eyelid! These can be realistic human eyes or, for a more freaky effect, how about cat eyes or even demonic peepers if you really want to go for the shock factor?
If you think the last option was rather bizarre, there are also those who take the phrase eye tattoo literally and actually get the tattoo inked on their eyeball although this is very rare and definitely not recommended. In fact, most reputable tattoo artists will refuse to do body art of this nature as it can be very dangerous and could easily do major damage to your eyesight. During this procedure, the pigment would have to be placed under a thin film of the eye’s cornea so it is generally injected between the delicate sclera and the conjunctiva. The pigment then has to seep through this space and this is how your eye tattoo would be created, that is of course if it did not penetrate the eye tissue. This is one of the major risks involved in this process or worse still, it may even damage the tissue and retina thus impairing the eye’s overall ability to function. A Canadian tattoo fan was reported to have undergone this experimental procedure in what was either a very bold or very foolish move, which left the entire white part of the eye – otherwise know as the sclera – coloured blue. This is of course a very extreme form of body art but if you are seriously considering this kind of tattoo, I hope the graphic contents here has not put you off even if it has made you think about your decision in more detail.