A tattoo artist has described how he "cried ink for two days" after getting an eyeball tattoo.
Rodrigo Fernando dos Santos, 39, from São Paulo in Brazil, had already covered 70 percent of his body with tattoos when he decided to darken the whites of his eyes three weeks ago.
The procedure, which involves injecting ink into the protective layer of the sclera, is irreversible.
Santos, who has worked for seven years as a tattoo artist, said the ink is not the same as that used in conventional tattoos.
A special syringe is also required to inject the ink into the eyeball.
Not surprisingly, ophthalmologists do not recommend the invasive procedure as it can cause internal inflammation and lead to vision loss.
A Sydney-based tattoo artist known as "Joeltron" claims to be the first Australian to get an eyeball tattoo, after he dyeing his left eye the colour of a tennis ball six years ago.
The practice reportedly has also made its way into prison workshops.
Last September a 37-year-old suspect accused of shooting at a police officer in the US state of Alaska gained worldwide attention when he was photographed appearing before a court sporting a skeleton tattoo over his bald head and a right eyeball tattooed black.
Source: Brazil Dispatch
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley