Image: Elizabeth Gilbert (Getty)
If you’ve ever thought about getting a tattoo, but felt it’d be too, well, loud and obvious, you might be interested in this trend.
Author Elizabeth Gilbert is the latest celebrity to embrace a white tattoo, having the words ‘Stubborn Gladness’ inked onto her wrist.
“Tattoo day! I just got these lovely words tattooed in white ink… These words I live by. Now they will be part of me always,” the Eat, Pray, Love author explained on Instagram this weekend.
The phrase is from a piece by a favourite author of Liz’s, Jack Gilbert (of no relation apparently) called A Brief for the Defense.
Actress Lindsay Lohan and singer Rihanna both have white tattoos — Lindsay's is the word 'Breathe' — while insiders claim Kate Moss has a line of hearts tattooed down the side of her body in white ink.
Meanwhile, supermodel Cara Delevingne jumped on board the trend last year, having the words 'Breathe Deep' tattooed on her bicep. She also has a white tattoo of a dove on one of her fingers. Reportedly, both of Cara's tattoos were done with a specialised ink that makes them glow under UV light.
Is it just us, or do white ink tattoos sound a little bit like the grown up's version of invisible ink?
Like their darker counterparts, white tattoos are created using a tattoo gun, which injects ink under the skin. The final results can differ dramatically, though — white ink is thicker than that used for coloured designs, which means the tattoo generally appears more raised and produces a more visible scar on the skin (as you can see with Elizabeth Gilbert's).
However, there are several things to keep in mind before you drop in to your nearest tattoo parlour.