Look, we all crossed our hearts, hoped to die, stick a needle in our eyes as kids when a regular pinky promise just wouldn’t do, but none of us really meant that…right? Especially the needle thing. It turns out, though, there are people who are really doing that. Like, seriously. For some tattoo enthusiasts, getting eyeball ink is the new craze.
According to The Washington Post, a man named Luna Cobra is usually credited with starting this eye-popping trend.
At the International Tattoo Festival in Venezuela last week, he demonstrated the technique, which “involves injecting pigment directly into the eyeball so it rests under the eye’s thin top layer, or conjunctiva,” on several willing volunteers:
“It was mentally intense,” Kylie Garth told the BBC, noting that her turquoise-colored eyeballs have generated only positive attention. “It feels like somebody is poking at your eye, then it feels like strange pressure and then it feels you have a bit of sand in your eye, but there’s no pain.”
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty effing painful to me. And don’t get me wrong, as a person with a few piercings and tattoos herself, I’m all for body modification, but this just doesn’t seem like a great idea with the risk of inflammation, infection, and blindness that may come as a result, according to the American Optometric Association.
Besides, if you really feel so inclined to change the color of your cornea, they have contacts for that at a drugstore near you. Just saying.
SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty