Even Luna Cobra, the man credited with first making the procedure popular a little over 10 years ago, agrees that it is unsafe. In fact, he’s even working to help make it illegal.
“I’ve been trying to ban this. I think it’s super important that this becomes illegal,” Cobra told Newsweek. “To be clear, this is happening all the time, all over the world.”
According to Cobra, he is the first artist to have refined the procedure that completely tattoos the whites of the eye. When he first began doing this procedure he would film it, and he told Newsweek that this led to many copycat artists trying to replicate his work. Unfortunately, these copycats were not as well trained as Cobra and as a result, the procedure often ends badly.
“I didn’t think people would think so lightly of this [tattooing the eye].” said Cobra. “I thought they would take it more serious. It looks like people are not taking it so serious.”
Since the initial procedure, Gallinger has updated her Facebook page with a post stating that her vision has improved in the past few weeks. But she says medical professionals have informed her that she will likely never completely regain complete eyesight in the damaged eye.
According to Metro, Gallinger insists she is not sharing her story to “cause trouble” but rather to warn others who may be contemplating their own eyeball tattoo. “Research who you get your procedures by as well as how the procedure should be properly done,” writes Gallinger.
Or you could just follow Cobra and Flug’s advice and not get the procedure done at all in the first place.