GETTING SUNBURNED IS no fun, whether it turns to tan or not. But some people are now getting burned on purpose, for ‘art’.
‘Sunburn art’ is a trend that’s been gradually emerging over the past year on social media, but which came to a head before the July 4 holiday in the US last weekend.
What is it? Well, it’s the practice of tracing a template into your skin with sunscreen (or using a sticker), then purposefully getting sunburned to create a ‘sunburn tattoo’.
We don’t need to tell you that it’s highly dangerous.
Some people are burning simple designs on to their skin
Others are getting a little more ambitious
Some are using their ‘sunburn tattoos’ to make political statements
And then there are the people etching massive drawings on themselves
Doctors, obviously, are none to pleased about people getting intentionally sunburned – the Skin Cancer Foundation of America is reminding people that sunburns increase the risk of melanoma.
Always wear sunscreen, for god’s sake.