First of all, let’s clear it out by saying that a white tattoo on pale skin will be and look great. And as paler you are, more the white tattoo ink will look as white as possible, those reaching the desirable white tattoo effect.
From a more technical point of view, white tattoo ink (like all the other inks) stays “below” the skin surface, and therefore, as more the skin is white, the more the tattoo will be visible because of the “transparency” of the skin. So you actually win for the fact that your skin is paler and whiter.
And on the other hand, on darker skin, the ink will be tinted dark, as if watching through sunglasses on the skin. This will hurt the effects and the visibility of the white tattoo.
There is a specific property for white ink that white tattoos tend to degrade much quicker than regular, tattoos we all used to know, the black tattoo. It’s happening because the pigment is thicker compared to the other colors so, some tattoo redoing maintenance can be required to keep the white tattoo looking good.
Also, it is very important to pick the body area on which the tattoo will be placed, smartly.
White ink can turn dull with time if it’s exposed to the sun so it can be a smart choice to choose body part that is not exposed much such as the underside of an arm, back, chest, and so on.
And finally, when you want to do your white tattoo, go to a tattoo artist that got experience with such style.
Be sure to check that his studio is sterile, check that he uses one-time kits, and ask him about the quality of the white ink he uses, you don’t want the ink to change to blue on you – be sure that the tattoo artist applies only the best white tattoo ink products.
For tattoo art and design inspiration, check out the book Tattoo Sourcebook, which contains thousands of designs that will assist you to pick exactly the art that you want. Highly recommended.
Remember – the paler, the better. White ink tattoos on pale skin are great! P.S. You can read more about the white tattoo experience here.