9 Awesome Black Light Tattoo Designs

Have you heard of black light tattoos? They're special tattoos made with UV ink — they glow under a black light, and are (generally) invisible in daylight. The tattoos have been around for a while now, but they've become increasingly popular over the years — and why not? There are so many awesome black light tattoo designs out there that it's almost difficult to fathom why we don't ALL have them (well, besides from the fact that they're difficult to remove and cost extra, that is).

Downsides aside, the upsides of black light tattoos are endless — I mean, first off, they're the absolute perfect accoutrement to go with your new glow-in-the-dark hair. Then, there's the fact that they're just plain fun — you can get inked with everything from your favorite Harry Potter spell ("Lumos" is particularly popular, for obvious reasons) to a not-so-standard standard butterfly.

Certain designs lend themselves especially well to the medium — star tattoos that actually glow are particularly awesome, as are bone tattoos that lend the illusion of real-life x-ray vision. So, with all that in mind, let's take a look at some of the coolest black light tattoo designs from around the web!

1. Triforce it Up

Let your fandom flag fly with some UV Zelda ink!

2. Go True North

Compass tattoos? Cool. Black light compass tattoos? Extra cool.

3. Matching Tattoos

Tattoos-as-wedding rings have been growing in popularity lately, so why not take things a step further with some UV ink?

4. The Classic Butterfly

This glowing monarch is straight-up gorgeous.

5. X-Ray Vision

Creepy, macabre, and very awesome.

6. Mischief Managed

A quick sojourn through the #blacklighttattoo hashtag on Instagram reveals that all things Harry Potter are popular, and this nod to the Marauder's Map is pure genius.

7. Like A Diamond

Slain Saad on YouTube

Shine bright like a diamond?

8. Hidden Message

Richard Parker on YouTube

See how it's done.

9. Crescent Moon

Viidreamcatcher on YouTube

This video also talks about the healing process, if you're curious.

Now you want one too, right? That's what I thought.