Karan, a 28-year-old full-time professional piercer and tattoo artist reportedly becomes the first person in India to tattoo his eyeballs. A resident of Delhi, Karan underwent a surgery called ‘Sclera Staining’ in which the whites of his eyeballs have been inked permanently. Though he was cautioned by an eye specialist in New York that the surgery would be painful and risky, Karan went ahead with it and got it done. Karan said he had lost count of the number of tattoos he has on his entire body, but this latest tattoo of his is not going to be forgotten anytime soon.
Karan has already many ear modifications and piercings while nearly half of his body is tattooed. An expert from Australia worked on Karan’s eyes on September 18th in New York. He said to one of the reputed newspaper, “The ink is injected inside the sclera membrane, which is very thin and next to invisible to the naked eye at certain spots in particular angles. The level of penetration (has to be) extremely precise because it’s dangerous if over- or underdone. If the needle is in the eye and you move your eyeballs the sclera membrane will tear and the eye can be gone forever. One can’t go in sunlight without sunglasses. The eyes remain watery (some burning sensation) and teardrops fall on their own for a week. Some serious dedication and commitment is required even during the healing process. It’s like multiple burning syringes being inserted in your eyes. (It) took a few hours and multiple injections in both eyes. Then after giving rest for two days, we did another session. I knew if performed perfectly, it will be successful.”
Karan had his first tattoo when he was 13 years old and three years later he began making tattoos for others. Below is his picture before he could tattoo his eyeballs.
Something else about the eye tattoo also has been in the news recently. Catt Gallinger, a Canadian celebrity who attempted to get an eye tattoo in the last month posted on her Facebook profile that it turned out to be her ‘massive mistake’. She said that because of an inexperienced tattoo artist who injected an over-sized syringe too deep into her eye, the surgery didn’t go out well. Speaking about the same, Karan said, “One has to be 100% certain if he/she wants to go for this life-changing risky procedure on which there is not even any study. We have to sign a legal document which clearly says if there is any disaster — the artist is not responsible since it’s a hit and try.” However, he said that he was happy with the attention he was getting, “I knew it was coming so I’m not surprised rather contented and confident.”
The safety of this ‘Sclera Staining’ is not guaranteed and certainly involves high risk. Many countries in the U.S. have even debated for a ban on eye tattoo. It is highly suggestible to go through every detail about the surgery before you actually go for it.