Singer Zayn Malik (you know, from One Direction) showed off his new out-of-this-world tattoo on Instagram, of course — forever expressing his love for all things Star Wars.
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Not only has the middle finger on his right hand been inked with a lightsaber, the drawing of his Jedi weapon actually glows in the dark.
New York City tattoo artist Jon Boy displayed the former One Direction singer’s creation on Instagram, then posted a selfie with his famous client and his friends, Luka Sabbat and Anwar Hadid (aka Gigi’s younger brother).
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While the 23-year-old superstar might be setting a trend for those who get inked, ultraviolet (UV) black-light tattoos have been around for a few years. Created by using UV-reactive ink, the tattoo is barely visible in typical daylight yet becomes a glow-in-the-dark work of art once exposed to UV lights (think nightclubs).
Supercool, absolutely, but is it safe? For starters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not regulated tattoo inks or the pigments used in them and, therefore, “has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin.” This applies to “all tattoo pigments, including those used for ultraviolet (UV) and glow-in-the-dark tattoos.”
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As a side note, the FDA also states that many pigments used in tattoo inks are “industrial-grade colors suitable for printers’ ink or automobile paint.” And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists possible risks associated with blood-borne pathogen exposures in the body art industry.