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People are getting sunburned on purpose for 'sunburn tattoos'

Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen).
Jul 7th 2015, 9:03 AM 9,060 7

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.

My tan line is pretty rad. #sun #tanning #sunburntattoo #tanline #tanart #prettycool #lopsided #ohwell Source: killing_zoe

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

Nina on Instagram: Heute wieder #vollgaaas whup whup :D #sunburnart #pflasterkunst #zuvielsonne #pardyhard Source: Instagram/niinaaa_hehe

normal human alert Source: Instagram/blouseparty

Others are getting a little more ambitious

Nour Al-Houda Press on Instagram: If you can't commit to getting inked, there is a growing trend that isn't permanent. However, this summer fad comes with a risk. Sunburn... Source: Instagram

#sunburn #sunburntattoo #tourdefat #wearsunscreen #loves_bikes #boise #idaho Source: Instagram/bonbonshake

Some are using their ‘sunburn tattoos’ to make political statements

Some mothers do 'ave 'em on Instagram: #sunburnart anarquia i crema solar factor 50 Source: Instagram

And then there are the people etching massive drawings on themselves

How? Why?

That awful sunburn actually turned out to be pretty badass but still hurts like a MF #sunburn #ouch #sunburnart Source: Instagram/bbear430

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.

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