BME, an internet site dedicated to tattoos and body modification, says the procedure is done using standard drawing ink and a needle, which is poked at an angle into the eye.
Two US prison inmates gained notoriety recently by tattooing the whites of their eyes in what they described as an “extremely painful” procedure.
David Boltjes said he’d intended only to do a small dot but the ink spread through half his eye, so he coloured the entire eyeball. His cellmate, Paul Inman, said eyeball tattooing was “the final frontier”. “I thought black would be a little scary, so I went with dark blue.”
Two US prison inmates gained notoriety recently by tattooing the whites of their eyes in what they described as an “extremely painful” procedure
The feat has been replicated by an Oregon man, who boasts that 98 per cent of his body is covered in tattoos now that his eyes are permanently coloured – one in blue, the other in green.
Like Boltjes and Inman, Matt Gone conducted the procedure himself.
A search of online tattoo sites show the procedure has been performed numerous times, with some tattoo artists achieving quite elaborate designs.
BME reported that it conducted three eyeball tattooing procedures, but said the procedures were experimental, urging readers to “wait for us to either heal or go blind before trying it”.