Extremism shows in every walk of life - Compulsive gamblers, collectors, daredevils, risk takers...some of these people are some of the most interesting and diverse people you would ever want to meet. Although many of us shake our heads to the nature of the extreme desires, how can you understand if you do to share the passion, we all of some degree of extremism in our nature.
One of the head shakers for me is the extremists in tattoo and mods, though I certainly appreciate the immense creativity and conceptualizing that is behind the behaviour and just because I do not understand some forms of this creativity, I myself have a bit of a tattoo addiction, though I am about as main stream with it as you could get.
Eyeball tattoos...now this is pretty out there in the realm of extremism I must say and I have a "thing" with eyeballs to boot. What possesses someone to tattoo their eyeball? I suppose it is much like colored or Cosplay contacts, just a full time mod. Regardless, it is not the typical area for tattoo and not something that every artist will do.
There are medical tattoo procedures for the eyes, but these are more corrective than extreme. These eye tattoos are of cosmetic variety, however, and have some major risks. The first fact to bring up is that our eyelashes and tears are present to protect the eye form foreign bodies and objects. This is detrimental to eye health and the eye is a very susceptible and vulnerable part of the body. Therefore, it makes sense to say that the eye would reject something as foreign as ink.
You will find a minor amount of information on the risk factors of tattooing your eyes. One of these risks is of having loss of vision. It ranges from 10% of people to almost all of people getting them done. Most significant is finding a professional with a lot of experience in this area. This presents itself as a bit difficult because many tattooists refuse to do eyeball tattoos and they are not extremely popular. Therefore I don't think you could necessarily say that any one tattooist specialized in the area. This would certainly be a major concern.
Permanent discoloration of the tissue under and over the eye are also risks for a good majority of people, however with the natural progression of time and learning more about this art, the risks have lessened to a degree. Much f this has been attributed to leftover ink that leeches as the eye tries to eliminate the foreign entity, as well as the natural movement of the eye. This has been greatly reduced with tattooists using far less dye when doing the tattoos.
The last faction of concern would be the irreversible nature of this type of tattoo. There is not, and given the sensitivity and nature of the area, most certainly will never been a way to remove or reverse the ink. Unlike the under eye skin where flesh toned ink can be used to partially mask the darkening, this would not be an option with the eyeball. This is certainly not a tattoo for those that are known to be wishy washy with their choices and decisions.
Writer: Morbid Molly