Why Getting A Tattoo Like Zayn Malik's New UV Star Wars Inking Is Potentially Dangerous
Why Zayn Malik's New UV Star Wars lightsaber Tattoo Is Potentially Kinda Dangerous. Full story at MTV.co.uk
Zayn Malik might have a fair few tattoos to his name, but his latest is potentially one of his coolest to date and involves an intricate design of a lightsaber on the middle finger of his right hand. But there's more to this nod to his love of Star Wars than meets the eyes as its been done using a snazzy UV ink that glows in the dark.
While it undoubtedly looks great, these UV ink tattoos have actually been criticised for being potentially quite dangerous by some tattooists and doctors.
Zayn is notoriously into his art so it's no surprise that he decided to get a new tatt this week. Heading to New York tattooist JonBoyTattoo with girlfriend Gigi Hadid's little bro Anwar, Zayn got the teeny lightsaber inked on his finger.
Of course we don't know exactly what ink has been used for Zayn's tattoo - it could be totally fine - but when that *uh-mazing* glowing Harry Potter tattoo went viral last month, one dermatlogic surgeon spoke out about his concerns about tattoos that use UV ink.
"There are risks with any tattoos, regardless of the method used or the type of ink involved," surgeon Joel Schlessinger told RealSelf at the time. "The FDA doesn't regulate any type of tattoo ink so you never know what is being injected under your skin.
"Another cause for concern is many inks that glow in the dark contain phosphorus, a dangerous element that can be incredibly toxic to humans depending on where it's derived, " he continued. "Because tattoo ink is not regulated by the FDA, it can be difficult to know if the ink to be used contains even the smallest amount of phosphorus."
Sounds a bit scary to us, but is at least a lesson that it's really, really, really important to fully check out this type of tattoo if you want to get it done. Do proper research about your tattooist and the ink they use as you don't want a bad reaction, do you?
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