What are tattoo inks and is their different types

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What Are Tattoo Inks?

You can never be too sure because the manufacturers who distribute the ink is never required to reveal the contents, therefore you can’t be 100% certain. A professional will more than likely mix his or her own inks using pigments and will mostly like to know the composition of the inks, however the information for this is very limited and classed as trade secrets therefore finding an answer may or may not be difficult.


Most tattoo inks aren’t really classed as inks because they are composed of tiny pigments that are basically suspended in a carrier solution, it’s common belief that pigments are usually vegetable dyes, but we can safely say that this is not true. In fact we know this because today’s pigments are made up of metal salts and in some cases plastic too, there are probably some type of pigment that uses vegetable dyes but none that we know of, the pigment’s job is to provide color for the tattoo and the purpose of the carrier is to disinfect the pigment suspension by keeping it evenly mixed.There are different types of inks from different manufactures and are also different ranges of colors that can be thinned and mixed together produce other shades and colors.

Tattoo Inks:

It's known that professional artists will usually purchase pre-made inks where as others tend to mix it themselves using a dry pigment and a carrier, those who purchase pre-made inks, which is referred to as pre-dispersed inks are no worse than those who create their own, creating your own is difficult to come by as the knowledge is limited, this is because mixing your own is technically a trade secret recipe therefore it’s difficult to come by.

Glow in the dark and blacklight tattoo inks?

There are much more sophisticated tattoo inks than you think, believing it or not there are glow in the dark and blacklight inks. Both glow in the dark and blacklight inks have been used before but are not as popular as the normal colour co-ordinations. Glow in the dark ink absorbs the and retains the light and does pretty much what it’s described as “glows in the dark” where as the blacklight doesn’t appear to glow in the dark but does in fact react to non-visible UV light, which produces a visibly glow by fluorescence. We all know how people love this kind of stuff but the debate on the safety of the tattoo inks is still yet to be decided.

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