Skip to main content

While you might have heard of glow-in-the-dark tattoos, which use UV-light activated ink for their effect, this style has been relegated to old school status with the invention of new LED tattoos. These tattoos pop all on their own, using neon colors and moving artwork to broadcast psychedelic rave visuals right on your body. 

With tattoos already popularized as a go-to way for EDM fans to express their love of music, adding an LED element could be a fun new option to bring these pieces of art to life. 

Artwork by Keegan Sweeney.

Recommended Articles

alison wonderland Playlist Picks: Alison Wonderland, David Guetta, Oliver Heldens and More [12/03/21]

New major releases include tracks from Honey & Badger, Darkzy, ILLENIUM and more.

Space Laces

Space Laces Announces Dates of First-Ever "Vaultage" Performance

The performance will take place during Zomboy's Rotten Reunion two-day event in Denver alongside Akeos and BRUER.


MDLBEAST Announces Programming for Inaugural XP Music Conference In Saudi Arabia

The conference is set to take place December 13th through 15th.

The technology used for these tattoos was pioneered in 2009 by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, who developed light emitting diode (LED) devices that could be implanted under the skin and show through to the surface.

Made of a thin silicone material, the electronics are injected into the body with saline through a silk surface that dissolves over time, leaving you with just the LED device and a piece of living artwork. These devices may also be a promising innovation in the medical field as a way for patients to monitor their own bodily functions and overall health. 

While the following examples are slightly edited to add glowing, moving light to these tattoos, they're a great representation of the potential LED devices have to add a new dimension to your body art. 


daft punk

You Can 3D Print Your Own Miniature Daft Punk Helmets With These Free Design Templates

The free design capitalizes on three major trends of 2020 and 2021: DIY culture, 3D printing and Daft Punk.

Screen Shot 2018-11-01 at 3.48.51 AM

These 8 EDM DJs Won Halloween in 2018

These artists took the cake for best Halloween costumes.

The Knocks/MUNA

The Knocks and MUNA Turn Back Time with "Bodies"

Out today with a music video via Big Beat Records, the song was inspired by nostalgia for the house parties and summer vacations of the early-mid aughts.


Max M Keeps the Dance-Pop Anthems Flowing With Latest Single, "I'll Be Up"

Vocalist Chris Willis adds a special touch to this bubbly, infectiously confident single.

Moore Kismet

Moore Kismet Keeps the New Music Flowing With Latest Single, "You Should Run"

"You Should Run" takes a softer approach to Moore Kismet's unconventional trap style.

Nitti gritti Valentino khan

Valentino Khan and Nitti Gritti Join Forces for Bass House Single “Your Body”

Their hilarious homemade music video shows us how to take care of your body "like a DJ.”