People are giving themselves sunburn tattoos and it's SO dangerous

12 June 2019, 14:37 | Updated: 12 June 2019, 16:15

Sunburn Tattoo Art
Sunburn Tattoo Art. Picture: Instagram:@lotjeeuser/@_palomaya_
Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Guys, just don't do it… okay?

The sunburn tattoo trend is coming back and it's actually ridiculous. Believe it or not, there are people really out here that are giving themselves semi-permeant tattoos in the weirdest (and most dangerous) way possible.

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Basically, to give yourself a sunburn or sun tattoo, you need to apply a shape or design directly to the skin and then head out in the sun, and fully scorch yourself until you burn to a crisp. When you're all burnt, the design that will appear on the skin as a lighter patch of skin, and the design will last while your skin heals and peels.

Apparently, the trend for tan tats started in 2015, after French multi-media artist Thomas Mailaender featured them in his series "Illustrated People", Inked reports. But it's back again for summer 2k19, with intricately designed sunburn tattoos popping up all over the 'gram right now.

Of course, sometimes you can get a completely accidental sunburn ink when you don't properly spread your suncream, but it's probably not best to go out of your way to give yourself one.

Obviously, exposing yourself to the sun until you burn is very, very dangerous. Not only does it increase your risk of developing skin cancer, but cooking yourself in the sun just for tattoo purposes makes you more susceptible to wrinkles and sun damage, and sun stroke. Not to mention sunburn leaves you with sore, peeling skin. Have you ever tried to put on clothes when you're painfully burnt? Yeah, ouch.

Don't worry, if you're just crying out for some sun ink (why?) there is a much safer way to do it. There are also countless stick-on temporary designs online, or you can ask for an airbrush design from a tattoo shop.

So, don't be silly and slap on the factor 50.

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