Monday, April 15, 2013

How Are Tattoo Inks Made


Primitive tattoo inks were mainly black and were made from burned animal bone and burned plant material. For colorful pigments, some flowers and other colorful elements such as metal oxides were used. In prison, it is common to use carbon from burning available items such as plastic or food items.
Modern tattoo inks are made by suspending a pigment in a carrier. Many types of pigments are used to manufacture tattoo inks. The three most common are: ORGANIC: Derived from plants or animals. INORGANIC: Derived from metallic oxides that occur naturally or synthetically. SYNTHETIC ORGANIC: Made from petroleum and polymer compounds.
The ingredients in modern tattoo ink vary by manufacturer and are considered proprietary. The pigments are suspended in a carrier that's purpose is to carry the pigment into the dermis. Carriers are commonly made from distilled water, witch hazel, alcohol and sometimes propylene glycol. The alcohol serves as both carrier and disinfectant to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Can tattoo ink cause a bad reaction to the skin?
All ingredients in tattoo ink can result in allergic reactions depending on an individuals allergy or tolerance to the compounds. However, most adverse reactions during or after a tattoo are more commonly caused by bacterial infections.

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