The rise of the inner lip inking: New body art craze sees tattoo fans have naked ladies, Hello Kitty characters and even love messages etched INSIDE their mouths
- Latest trend in body art sees fans have pictures inked inside their mouths
- People with lip tattoos sharing pictures of their inking on social media
- Some reports suggest it is extremely painful due to the nerves in the mouth
- Despite the pain and the cost, most fade within a few months
While an inner lip inking is usually a single word scrawled across the skin of the lower lip, some opt for a more adventurous design, with outlines of objects and even colored shapes.
Although hidden from sight unless the lip is pulled down to reveal the design, some fans say they use the tattoo as a secret message, with one couple choosing to have the words ‘forever’ and ‘and ever’ inked into their lips as an expression of love.
Others use it as way to express their passions, with one opting for the Hello Kitty cat logo and another revealing their thoughts on food, courtesy of a tattoo that reads: ‘Vegan’.
Many more are simply intended to be humorous, with one joker having a mustache drawn on his upper inner lip, another plumping for the outline of a busty lady and one comedian tattooing ‘sore lips’ on the inside of his mouth.
But inner lip tattoos aren’t all fun and games. Although discreet, some websites warn that due to the number of nerves in the mouth, having any inking inside the mouth is considerably more painful than other tattoos.
Some tattoo fans, however, report not feeling any pain at all.
More problematic is the short life span of inner lip tattoos, with most lasting just five years, although some reportedly last less than a few months.
‘Inner lip tattoos have always been a bit of fun, as you can choose when and where to show it,’ comments veteran tattoo artist and owner of Monsters of Art, Dan Gold.
‘No one will ever see it unless you want them too but just bear in mind that most lip tattoos will start to fade a month or two later and will disappear completely within in a year or two.’
He adds: ‘They are no more painful then any other tattoo, as all tattoos hurt.
‘However, they are quite difficult to do so like any tattoo, it should only be done by a professional licensed tattoo studio, and never ever done by your mates in their house as this isn’t safe and could have a disastrous outcome.’