20 Gorgeous Blackwork Tattoos That Work Better Than SPF
Anyone with a tattoo knows all about skin care; slathering on SPF is vital to maintaining flawless tattoo quality. But, according to researchers, black tattoo ink might actually delay adverse effects from the sun, including skin cancer.
The study was originally funded to prove that dark ink made people more susceptible to skin cancer after UV-ray exposure. But surprisingly, scientists found that test subjects with black artwork showed fewer signs of skin damage after exposure to harsh rays. Because the black ink absorbed harmful UVB rays instead of letting them pass below the skin (where the damage is usually done), black tattoos effectively shield you from skin cancer.
The tattoo style that includes the most black ink, appropriately dubbed blackwork, is therefore the ultimate body art for health-conscious babes. Characterized by thick lines and large black portions (sometimes even entire limbs!), blackwork tattoos aren't for the faint of heart . . . but they're definitely gorgeous. So if you've been on the fence about taking the tattoo plunge, take this scientific discovery as a sign. Here are 20 beautiful blackwork tattoos to inspire your next piece of body art.