WHAT IS TATTOO INK MADE OF?
THE INK WE USE AT OUR SHOP
The inks that we use at Ink & Water are made of organic pigments, deionized water and hamamelis water.
• Free of animal by-products and vegan.
• Are not tested on animals.
• Are supplied in a medical grade sealed bottle, ensuring its longevity before and after opening.
• Pigments that are regularly evaluated for testing.
• In cooperation with all current regulations.
Inks may sometimes have a mild scent! This is because we only use organic pigments and sometimes nature has a scent. We do not use additives to hide the occasional scent - it wouldn't be natural if we did.
PIGMENTS & CARRIERS
All tattoo inks or pigments are essentially similar. There are many different manufacturers that supply tattooers and some artists even produce their own pigment! Each ink’s recipe is a little different and these variations create attributes that artists use to determine which brand they prefer. Many manufacturers do not share their proprietary ingredients and only offer a generic MSDS sheet, which is why many experienced artists will only work with pigment produced by companies that have a long and reputable history of reliable inks.
Most tattoo inks technically aren’t inks, they are composed of pigments that are suspended in a carrier solution. The pigment provides the tattoo its colour, and the carrier’s function is to disinfect the pigment suspension, maintain an even distribution of pigment, inhibit the growth of pathogens, and provide an easy application to the skin. The carrier may be composed of a single substance or a mixture of substances. Among the most common ingredients used to make the liquid are:
• Ethyl alcohol (ethanol)
• Purified water
• Witch hazel
• Propylene glycol
• Glycerine (glycerol)
Allergies to tattoo pigment are incredibly rare, but sometimes do occur. The severity of an allergic reaction can range from mild, to severe. Red is the most common color associated with allergic reaction, but even this is extremely uncommon. Tattoos sometimes go through irritation phases during the healing process which are mistaken for allergic reaction, even by doctors. If you have concerns about allergic reactions to tattoo pigment or questions about specific ink colours’ ingredients, discuss them with your tattoo artist prior to being tattooed.