Man’s ‘Neapolitan ice cream’ tan lines horrify internet: ‘Gasped’

From Ross Geller’s infamous spray tan failure FriendsTo this mom’s foot-shaped self-tanner mishap, bronzed skin doesn’t always come easily.

At least with a spray tan you only have to worry about the results for about a week. True tan blemishes are much harder to fix, as a delivery driver and his “Neapolitan Ice” tan lines showed.

User yojamietho shared a clip of her tan lines on TikTok, and the color difference caused a surprising uproar. The UPS driver pulled down one of his socks to reveal the incredibly pale skin hidden under his uniform, which drew 1.4 million likes and nearly 16,000 comments from stunned users.

Tiit Marvel wrote, “you are brighter than my future.”

Christina commented, “The way I gasped….”

While Jess joked, “bruh who forgot to season you.”

Tylor James said, “It’s not a tan line…it’s a tan border.” To which user Ahmedo agreed, writing: “The border between Mexico and the United States”.

There were also a number of more gruesome comparisons, with Blaxxkstar suggesting, “That line is between the living and the dead.”

David Ivancik849 commented: “no bro, I’m convinced you sawed a foot off some [corpse] and sewed it to yours.”

Attitudes towards tanning have changed throughout history. In ancient times, pale skin was a sign of wealth and status, everyone from ancient Egyptians to Romans and Greeks used powders to lighten their skin. Tans were associated with field workers and the lower classes, who spent more time outdoors.

Perceptions began to change in 1923, when Coco Chanel returned from vacation in Cannes with tanned skin. Now everyone from celebrities to influencers can be seen sporting a permanent tan, but the trend has unfortunately led to an increase in skin cancer.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the diagnosis of non-melanoma skin cancer increased by 77% in the United States between 1994 and 2014, while the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 99,000 people across the country will receive a diagnosis of skin cancer with melanoma (the deadliest form) in 2022.

The sun simply cannot be avoided in some careers, but you can protect yourself from its rays by wearing sunscreen, even on cloudy days.

TikTokers thanked yojamietho for helping them feel better about their own tan lines.

Indi commented, “brother I thought mine were bad.”

Henlyy said, “worse than me.”

Pudding added: “That’s…wow..”

Newsweek contacted yojamietho for comment.

Stock photo of a man with tanned legs and pale feet. A TikToker’s tan lines have been compared to everything from a “corpse” to a “tan rim”.
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