Ink Rubbing

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Ink Rubbing

Ink Rubbing is when tattoo ink is rubbed into a fresh cutting. Some of the ink stays, and the resulting scar is colored. However, it is rare for the ink to stay consistently and the result is often disappointing, looking somewhat like a poorly done tattoo. Some cutters use red ink to emphasize the cutting without emulating a tattoo.

Healing and Aftercare

It is essential that the fresh scabs from an ink rubbing not be picked. Once the ink is fully encapsulated in the scar, you can rub the scar if you want, but not before.


Ink rubbing was first popularized primarily by cutters working inside of the lesbian S&M community.