What Are Tattoo Inks?
Manufacturers who produce tattoo ink are not required to reveal the contents, therefore you can’t be 100% certain of the make-up. A professional will at times opt to mix his or her own inks using pigments because they want to know the composition of the inks. The information on doing this is limited and classed as trade secret. Finding 'recipe' information may be difficult.
Most tattoo inks are composed of tiny pigments that are basically suspended in a carrier solution. It is common belief that pigments are usually vegetable dyes, however, this is not necessarily accurate. We know this because today’s pigments are made up of metal salts and in some cases plastic. 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 manufacturers and there are also different ranges of colors that can be thinned and mixed together to produce other shades and colors.
Professional artists will most often opt to purchase pre-made inks where as others occasionally mix their inks themselves using a dry pigment and a carrier. Those who purchase pre-made inks, which is referred to as pre-dispersed inks, are no better or worse than those who create their own. Creating your own can be time consuming and a bit more difficult because the knowledge is limited. Mixing your own is kind of a trade secret recipe therefore it’s difficult to come by.
Glow in the dark and blacklight tattoo inks?
There are many more sophisticated tattoo inks than you think. There are glow in the dark and blacklight inks. Both glow in the dark and blacklight inks have been used and are still used, but are not as popular as the tried and true color co-ordinations. Glow in the dark ink absorbs and retains the light and does pretty much what it’s described as “glows in the dark”. The blacklight ink doesn’t appear to glow in the dark but does react to non-visible UV light, which produces a glow by fluorescence. The debate of the safety in the inks still goes on.
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