From the very beginning of time, no doubt, it’s been true that any part of the human body that could be tattooed, would be. Until recently, though, eyeballs were only tattooed to cover up imperfections, and the work was done by doctors.
It is now possible, with the help of the right artist, to re-color the whites of your eyes. The process has to be done with a syringe, not a regular tattoo needle. Color is injected just under the surface and spreads out. All reports indicate that this is an incredibly painful procedure.
Here is a recent story from the Huffington Post about a couple of guys who got the eyeball tattoos done in prison. Apparently it is one way to prove how tough you are. No kidding. Given the decidedly nonsterile environment in prison cells, and the decidedly nontraditional equipment available to do the job, it’s a wonder these guys lived to tell the tale. Whether they’ll still have their eyesight a year or two down the road, who knows?
Ordinarily my attitude toward body art and body mods is “whatever floats your boat.” Tongue splitting, lizard spots, plastic beads under the skin, whatever. But to deliberately put your eyes in jeopardy? This is the only time I have found myself saying out loud, “What were they THINKING!!!”
There are quite a few web sites out there devoted to eye tattoos / scleral tattooing / etc. I’m not going to link to them, because the few I looked at while researching this post made me queasy. It’s my blog and I ain’t a-gonna make myself sick. 🙂