Inside: 23 Glow in the Dark Neon Tattoo Ideas.

Neon color tattoos or glow-in-the-dark tattoos are a great way to put a vibrant spin on traditional ink. Most people assume that this tattoo style creates an ever-glowing design (that would be cool, huh?), but the truth is that most glow-in-the-dark tattoos only glow under a blacklight.

This tattooing technique is perfect for any of these three reasons: if you don’t want to have an especially visible tattoo; if you want to be the life of the (dimly-lit) party; or if you want to add a bit of pizzaz to a regular tattoo.

Neon or glow-in-the-dark tattoos are created with a special UV ink that only lasts for 12 to 18 months.

So, if you’re not very happy with the result, you’ll only have to wait some time to try something else. However, as with any tattoo, you must be sure about the design, since it will be very revealing during the night.

Neon Tattoo

Are Neon Tattoos Safe?

Because tattoo artists no longer use ink with phosphorus to achieve the glowing effect, neon and glow-in-the-dark tattoos are now generally considered just as safe as a normal tattoo. To replace the chemically dangerous pigments, neon tattoos are now created using ink that is reactive to UV light.

How long do neon or glow-in-the-dark tattoos last?

These tattoos may actually be more permanent than regular tattoos because of the material used, but since it’s a relatively new tattoo trend, we don’t know for sure. For regular tattoos, how long it takes a tattoo to fade really depends on the placement.

For example, finger tattoos, although currently super popular, are most likely to fade because of all the friction your fingers experience, and your hands tend to be one of the most exposed body parts to the elements.

Like regular tattoos, both types of glow-in-the-dark tattoos are permanent and will likely take a medical procedure to be fully removed. Phosphorus and UV reactive ink are long-lasting materials, but these tattoos will still probably fade over time, especially after prolonged sun exposure.

They should be taken care of like any normal tattoo, and excessive sunlight can actually cause them, particularly UV tattoos, to become more visible in the daylight and less visible at night. Like other tattoos, you can get your glow-in-the-dark tattoo touched up to keep it looking fresh and living up to it’s glowing potential.

Neon Sign Tattoo Design Ideas

Check out how these rad neon tattoos look just like those fun neon signs!

1. Neon Love Sign

2. Rock On

3. Flamingo Design

4. Neon Light Effect Tattoo

Neon Vegas Tattoo Ideas

5. As If

6. Young Hearts Run Free

7. Neon “Art” Sign

8. Neon Portrait Design

Neon Sign Tattoo Ideas

Colorful Neon Tattoo Ideas

These neon tattoo colors make your design pop out from the rest. The bright, vibrant colors offer a huge statement.

9. Neon Colors

10. Bright and Bold Giraffe

11. Colorful Jellyfish Tattoo

Neon Glow In The Dark Tattoo Designs

12. Neon Gameboy

13. Glowing Cactus

14. Space Jar Tattoo

15. Bright Neon Colors

Colorful Neon Light Tattoos

Glow in the Dark Neon Tattoos

Glow-in-the-dark tattoos are tattoos made with vivid, fluorescent colors that are quite difficult to see in daylight. These types of tattoos don’t quite live up to their names, though: They won’t simply glow when you turn off the lights. Instead, glow-in-the-dark tattoos generally require a blacklight to trigger the glow-like reaction due to the UVA light it omits.

If you crave getting inked but don’t have the balls to do it, or simply want to give your regular tattoo a twist, a black-light responsive tattoo might be the thing to consider. Otherwise called UV tattoos, they are only visible under black light when they heal!

Be the brightest star in a nightclub or that dude (or chick) at a rave party. Or avoid getting looked down in that fancy office that you work at.

16. Glowing Butterfly Tattoo

17. Lotus Glowing Tattoo

18. Firey Flames

19. Neon Dragon Tattoo

Neon Colors Tattoos That Glow In The Dark

20. Hidden Skeleton

21. Glowing Flowers

22. Glowing Galaxy

23. Bright Flame Tattoo

Glow in the dark tattoos Colorful Neon

More Tattoo Ideas You’ll Love

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  • Semicolon Tattoo Ideas – Each tattoo is unique and a representation of its wearer’s style, emotions, and life. The semicolon tattoo is a popular symbol of an internal and silent struggle. Here are 89 of the most inspiring Semicolon Tattoo ideas.

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