With 70% of his body tattooed, Rodrigo Fernando dos Santos, known in São Carlos (SP) as Musquito, decided to innovate. At 39, he decided to darken the whites of his eyes. The technique, called “eyeball tattoo”, consists of injecting ink into the protection layer of the eye. The process is irreversible. “I cried ink for two days. Now to go back, only changing the color to white again. But still, i think it’s half gray,” says Musquito, who for seven years works as a tattoo artist in the city. “I’m not inspired by anyone, i did for the art and to stay different.” For the Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology, the invasive procedure is not recommended and can cause internal inflammation, leading to vision loss.
Musquito was the 13th Brazilian to try the “eyeball tattoo” three weeks ago. The procedure widespread in the United States was held in Jundiai (SP) by tattoo artist Leo Rafael Dias, 31, considered the only able to perform this type of work in the country. According to him, the ink used for this type of art is imported and is not the same as used in conventional tattoos. There is also a special needle used like a syringe. To color the eyes, three applications are necessary in each.
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