Tattoo Ink – The Hard Truth

Tattoo Ink

When you go in for a tattoo, the design is usually the thing that is on top of your mind in regards to the tattoo. Another thing to consider or think about is the tattoo ink. Tattoo ink is what is going into your skin and what will be on and in your body for the rest of your life. It is wise to find out what kind of tattoo ink your artist uses, where it comes from, how it is made, and of what quality it is. Everybody wants to cut corners to save money, but when it comes to tattoo ink, you should want the best quality for your tattoo.

Fusion Tattoo Ink SetTattoo ink comes in a variety of colors that can be mixed together or thinned to produce various tones, hues, and shades. Pre-made inks are usually the preference of tattoo artists. These are known as predisposed inks. Other tattooist prefer a mixing agent of dry pigment and a carrier that breaks up the pigment in a form so that it can be transferred to the skins. Most tattoo ink is permanent and tattoo removal remains difficult even with modern advances. Some ink manufacturers have made the claim that they have come out with an ink that is easier to remove, but some complain that the ink fades quicker.

Tattoo Ink Day Of The Dead The United States has regulations that tattoo ink are subject to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration under the department of color additives and cosmetics. Medical practitioners and the FDA have noticed that many of the ink pigments that are used for tattoos are industrial strength ink and colors that also can be used for automobile pain or printer ink. Proposition 65 in California requires that the artist has to warn the customer of any harmful chemicals in the ink. They also have to admit to heavy metals in the ink that can cause reproductive harm, birth defects, or cancer.

Eternal Tattoo InkManufacturers of tattoo ink are not required to conduct trials or to reveal their ingredients. Many recipes found in tattoo ink may be proprietary. Most professional tattoo inks are made from metal, salt, iron oxides, and plastics. Homemade inks may be made from soot, blood, or pen ink. Colors are made from heavy metals that can include lead for white, green, or yellow; cobalt for blue; aluminum for green and violet, and barium for white. Sometime lead and plutonium are used to reduce manufacturing costs.

Tattoo InkNow that all this scary information is out there about tattoo ink, what should you do? Get a tattoo, that’s what. The amount of heavy metal in the ink is not enough to harm you unless you have a special medical condition. The harmful chemicals are in trace amounts but enough to warrant a warning from your artist. If you are really worried about the ink, talk to your doctor. He or she will probably give you advice on whether you should or should not get a tattoo. Only rarely are people advised against it.

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