Posted by andrewski from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 03/16/08 mariposa, ca us
i'm getting my first tattoo and want to know the ingredients of the ink so i can make sure there is nothing toxic in it, the shop where i'm getting it done uses SKIN CANDY and KURO SUMI, i want black, i was told that INTENZ was totally non toxic and is one of the only inks allowed to be sold in the EU. can anyone help me with this. thanks
unfortunately most ink manufacturers are not required to reveal their ingredients as they are considered proprietary information. You are correct, Intenze does test its inks for amides (toxic chemicals) and has the best policies i've seen so far on manufacturing. However Skin Candy and Kuro Sumi are both very safe. Sumi has been used for decades without complaint and Skin Candy actually does a lot of the same testing that Intenze does. You should be in very capable hands with both of them.
Posted by supernova from IP: 188.8.131.52 on 04/03/08 uk
Hi there, Check out 'deep colours the ink factory' they do a range of inks diabolo nouvo & diabolo genesis they declare all their ingredients & guarentee 100% non toxic carcenogenic. They seem to be the only company who show the ingredients breakdown on-line or even at all! When you go to buy on line they say they only sell to tattooists but I bought my ink fine for my tattoo I am just having problems finding a tattooist who has used the ink & is familiar with it, it is meant to be very good! quite expensive but fine really by me if you know there are not dangerous chemicals in it! good luck
Posted by nisersk from IP: 184.108.40.206 on 06/02/08 bustown ohio
you people kill me...yes some inks are safer than others...but as far as starbrite, intenze,skin candy... all really good products...tattoo artists are so quick to blame something for their screw ups...own up!!!no tattoo artists have perfected the craft...grow up! if you honestly believe a brand of ink sucks...dont use it...dont plead and cry about it!!!
Posted by Pugsley from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 10/02/08 trumbull ct
Was anyone aware Intenze ink has metal and ingredients such as arsenic that causes reproductive harm. In california all tattoo shops must have customers sign a waiver and list ingredients before being tattoed.
Posted by kjv from IP: 18.104.22.168 on 02/24/10 ONTARIO Canada
I had my third tattoo done six weeks ago. A dive flag and diver done in red and black. 3 weeks after I developed a rash. It has now spread around the tattoo on my ankle and a good part of the lower part of my leg. I have been trying to find out what the red pigment used is made of, but all I've found out so far is the ink is from Starbrite. I (alas to late) learned that an allergic reaction can happen with red ink....wish I knew this before! Now I may be forced to have the tattoo laser removed if the reaction doesn't go away with anti-histamines. (unless someone can give me another suggestion! I love the tattoo!!!)
Posted by krussell from IP: 22.214.171.124 on 06/01/10 florida
most reds have sulfamaonides in them whitch most people have reactions to. witch hazel helps clear the rash and relieve itching. good luck i had the same issue and it healed with witch hazel to heal the rash and cocco butter after the rash was gone
Posted by krussell from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 06/01/10 florida
most reds have sulfonamides in them which most people have reactions to. witch hazel helps clear the rash and relieve itching. good luck i had the same issue and it healed with witch hazel to heal the rash and cocoa butter after the rash was gone
Posted by IR from IP: 188.8.131.52 on 06/29/10 Hawaii
Thanks. I'm going to do that now. I got a tat 3 weeks ago, and got a major rash around the tat that ended up spreading. The doctor thinks its an allergic reaction, to the tat and asked that I find out the ingredients. I went to the artist, but he got defensive saying that I should have waited for it to heal before I did anything. I did, and regardless of what I did, and allergic reaction would have still happened. If it was an infection, thats another story. I found out he used a numbing spray that has lidocaine, which I have become highly allergic to in recent years (I was on steroids after a dental procedure); but, I just want to make sure its not anything in the ink that cause the rash as well. I personally don't understand why the artist would have gotten defensive. I wasn't blaming him for anything, or accusing anything he did. An allergic reaction is an allergic reaction. There was nothing (aside from not getting the tat) that could have been done, I just need to know how not to let it happen again.
Oddly enough, oil paint is probably more dangerous than tattoo ink (from ANY manufacturer). And oil paints are more readily available.
If you actually think about the chemical make up of pigments, and you look up the MSDS's, you will find that most, if not all, pigments of any kind need to be ingested in VERY LARGE quantities to cause you any kind of harm. Seriously, some quantities are in the Kilograms (for harmful pigments in oil paints)...and if you know anything about the process of making pigments for tattooing, you will know that even the producers with the heaviest pigment loads still have a large amount of other non-toxic ingredients. Simply put, you would have to drink GALLONS of pre-mixed pigment for it to cause any kind of REAL harm, if indeed it is in the manufacturers 'proprietary mix' to use materials that may indeed be toxic, but honestly, why would they risk their bank accounts and investments like that?
Also something to think about; people who were getting tattooed in the 40's-80's are still alive and kicking without many problems, other than things that occur naturally and with age of course...hell, in the 80's gloves werent even mandatory, so whats that tell you?
Yes, the cleanliness and sterility of tattooing has come a LONG way, but to be tripping out over a photo-toxic allergic reaction to red is almost un-necessary. More people need to be putting in their own due diligence.
Oh, and another thing, people dont fully inspect and research the ingredients of what they use for after care, which is, frankly, stupid. Many of the aftercare recommendations from almost any tattoo artist on this plant requires the use of products that contain either petroleum or mineral oil, two substances that remain moist on the skin hours after application (hopefully with clean hands), two substances that can and will harbor and allow bacteria and other harmful things to breed unhindered. This includes Lubiderm (any), Aquaphor, A&D, Eucerin, etc., and this can be the cause of many rashes and strange occurances while healing a tattoo.
I personally recommend Aveeno to my clients, as its base is NOT mineral oil or petroleum.
And another thing...You can find harmful chemicals ANYWHERE, including fast food restaurants AND places that serve strictly organic foods, so dont be too quick to freak out and judge over tattoo pigments. Yes, some are WAY better than others, and strange things can happen while a tattoo is healing...its an abrasion, sometimes a very large abrasion in which the skin is broken, and unless you've got a Staph infection or MRSA, you have no reason to worry.
note: Photo Toxic Allergic Reactions are NORMAL for many people, which can include, but certainly is not limited to, reds, oranges, yellows, and sometimes purples. They can be triggerd by something as simple and harmless as florescent lighting.
So go get tattooed and dont trip...you've got a better chance of being struck by lightning than anything bad happening to you from the chemical make up of tattoo pigments.
Posted by Poppadog from IP: 184.108.40.206 on 02/17/12 Waukegan, Illinois USA
STARBRITE RED - I got my Fourth tattoo October 2011. By the second week of November the red areas had itchy bumps all over. The doctor tried a creme first, then steroids. Nothing helped so he referred me to a good dermotologist. It took 7 weeks to get in to see her. She took a sample and found that it had turned into Squamous Cell Carcinoma. (only in the red). You should see my tattoo now. I have at least one more surgery scheduled. The doctor believes that the ink contained cinnabar which is Mercury and Sulfur. Both TOXIC.
Posted by Aussiewanker from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 03/20/12 Australia
Starbrite reds (and most modern reds) are synthetic, organic azo pigments. They are in no way related to the inorganic mercuric sulphides that were in use before the 1980's. Check out the recall sites for the EU, where the government is having a close look at the make up of tattoo inks. You'll find many commonly used inks are containing, in some cases, up to 400 times the safe levels of carcinogenic compounds. Having said that, once the tattoo is completely healed, the body has safely locked the pigment away within macrophages in the skin. Small scar tissue like bodies that swallow the pigment and bind it to the surrounding tissue, thus stopping it spreading throughout the body. So if you compare getting a tattoo, to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, I'll go with the tattoo every time. God knows what happens to the modern red pigments when you a fire a fricking laser beam at them though.