Text Box: Glowrious George

Most people tend to think UV tattoos are more dangerous than regular ones because they “glow” in UV or blacklight . Here is the reality:  without a light source all pigment is black in the dark. The color we perceive from those pigments depends upon both the intensity and wavelength of the light introduced. If we take the light source on a trip through a prism, we see color bands on whatever we direct it on.  In the dark, other things can glow or produce light because they have an internal energy source (essentially low-level nuclear decay as in radium paint, or electro-chemical reaction as in a firefly’s signaling or an octopus’ flashing, or chemically reactive as in the phosphorous in tracer rounds and fireworks).

UV tattoo pigments simply reflect colors back within a specific wavelength of light (“safe” UV light lies somewhere generally between 370 and 410nm (nanometers)). Things involving phosphors are very stimulated by low wave length light energy (UV) and that makes Flourescent tubes work. Things involving phosphorous are very nasty, and unstable and unsuitable as pigments. Phosphorescent relates to phosphors, not phosphorous. Tracer rounds, fireworks, and non-safety matches relate to phosphorous. The colors you see in a UV tattoo are because the pigment responds to low wavelength light. The colors you see in fireworks are because a chemical reaction with metallic compounds produce the visible light color. There are no reactions going on under my skin.

It took me a long time to get Joel to understand that UV pigments simply react to a different wave length of light, and now I’ve discovered the world is just as ‘un’ or ‘dis’ informed. “Unsafe for human exposure” levels of UV would be around 200 to 350nm and more-so at increasing levels of energy, and are used to kill microbes in our water, air, or on environmental surfaces, or to cure paint, adhesives, epoxies, and even tan people… The danger is in the wavelength and intensity of the source. Potential danger increases quickly below 370nm, and with increases in the intensity (watts consumed by the light source). With UV light, the danger at a specific wavelength and intensity decreases as a function of the distance from the light source.

Pigments are sensitive to specific wavelengths, thus we see yellow, brown, green, and all the other colors. The wavelength of UV is just below “normal light”, and pigments that aren’t sensitive to UV will be visible but nondescript under a UV light. Pigments that are sensitive to UV will appear to radiate, as the background is so dark; hence the term “blacklight”.



I recently signed an artist/agency contract with George Rodos of Parallel Light, Inc. Great things are coming. If you would like to see us ‘Join Forces’ click here:

And I recently did a recap video from the last 3 months of concerted effort by Joel and myself to fill in the remainder of my body. My computer is giving me problems, it was done without an audio card to hear what I think I wanted. Kind of a blind effort, but if you are interested, click here:       Time-lapse 3 month update

I am not a social media nut but I am on Facebook and Youtube, for example. I don’t go there often, but I will try to do so more in the future. My fervor is increasing as my goal promises to now be just beyond the horizon.

However, there has been a video on Youtube for months that George Rodos, my Agent, did at Christmas 2010. I have video that is on Youtube, and titles will evolve as I move towards and hopefully accomplish my goal in the next few months.

And I wish to inform one and all since there appears to be confusion as to who I am that my tattoo persona before UV tattoos was Yorgouno and after UV tattoos was Glowrious George. I am both and the same one.

So, if you want to see what I think there is about me out “there”, follow these links.