Getting a tattoo is much like a visual prjection of your innermost thoughts and feelings. A symbol of who you are. It is also an invasion of ink into your body, which – if not done right – could have a devastating impact as this Canadian model recently found out. Catt Gallinger recently opted for a sclera tattoo, which effectively means colouring the whites of your eyes with ink, and paid a heavy price for it — she almost lost her eye.
The 24-year-old model took to Facebook to share photos of the tattooing gone wrong, which subsequently went viral. Gallinger had undertaken the procedure in August, trusting her then boyfriend Eric Brown – a body modification artist – to safely conduct the procedure of colouring her eyeball purple. It was reportedly meant to contrast with the green of her eyes. Unfortunately, though, because of “undiluted ink, over injection, not enough/smaller injections sights”, the process took a nasty turn that resulted in multiple hospital visits and almost cost the model her eye.
Gallinger, who apparently has 25 tattoos on her person already, took to social media to spread awareness about how a sclera tattoo can go wrong if not properly researched or executed in the proper way. Responding to the post, which had already been shared nearly 5,000 times at the time of writing with thousands of reactions, many have commented how ridiculous this process is, Gallinger told TIME that body modification was something that she was always interested in, and that many of her friends had successfully gotten sclera tattoos without any ill effects.
(Whites of the eye tattoo)
For everyone inquiring about my eye.
so this was done by Eric Brown three weeks ago. As it stands I will have to see a specialist and am at risk of being blind if it doesn’t get corrected.
This was caused by undiluted ink, over injection, not enough/smaller injections sights. There are multiple people who can attest that my aftercare was good and any other part of what I am saying.
I am NOT sharing this with you to cause trouble, I am sharing this to warn you to research who you get your procedures by as well as how the procedure should be properly done.
I have been to the hospital three times, I had no furry pets to cause any dander, and I wash my hands every time I do anything with my eye, both before and afterwards.
I was on antibiotic drops for the first week and a half and have been on steroid drops for four days now, with little success at bringing down the internal swelling. The external swelling lasted for almost a week.
The photos show the day of (purple drop), the day after(swollen shut) and now three weeks later. I will add more throughout the process
Just please be cautious who you get your mods from and do your research. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.
I will be posting updates during the process publicly on my wall.
Speaking to international media, Gallinger explained that there were several errors during the process that led to the extreme condition. From not adding any saline to the ink to using a much larger needle than was required, penetrating the eye deeper, caused the situation to get out of hand and partially lose sight.
Now, Gallinger is seeminly on a mission to educate people on the importance of doing enough research before getting a sclera tattoo and why one should always get professionals to do it.