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Eternal Ink and other Non-toxic Tattoo Inks

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Most people enjoy the beauty and aesthetics of tattoos, but very few people know the potential risks from getting a tattoo. There’s the risk of getting infected by using unsterilised needles, well yeah piercing or wounding yourself using an unsterilised object is totally risky, that’s common sense, but for those who are not aware, unsterilised needles can pass infections such as HIV and hepatitis. Another risk is getting allergies and complications from the tattoo ink, especially the coloured ones. Some complications include granuloma, lichenoid diseases, cement dermatitis, collagen deposits, and carcinoma. If you research and read articles on potential complications that can be caused by tattoos, you will definitely think twice before getting one.

Well, lucky for us, the art of tattooing has become popular and accepted by many, which means these issues and concerns are being addressed. Tattoo ink manufacturers and tattoo artist are working together to improve tattoo ink quality to help reduce these risks.Thanks to them, non-toxic inks have become available in the market. Some of these nontoxic inks also use organic and vegan ingredients.

If you’re interested in using a non-toxic tattoo ink, these are the some of the ingredients you should look for:

  • Carbon and Logwood - used to produce black tattoo ink
  • Titanium Dioxide - used to produce white ink
  • Turmeric - is an herb that produces yellow ink
  • Monoazo - is a carbon-based pigment used as colouring agent for cosmetics, produces green ink
  • Sodium, aluminum, and copper - produces blue dye
  • Naphthol - produces red ink, this pigment may still cause reactions on skin it’s still safer compared to red inks made from iron oxide or rust, cinnabar, and cadmium red.
  • Dioxazine and Carbazole - produces purple ink 

Aside from these ingredients, non-toxic inks also include purified water, vegetable-based glycerine, and ethanol. One of the well known brands that produce non-toxic inks is Eternal Ink. It is made of organic pigments, free of animal by-products, and is not tested on animals! So if you’re a vegan and you are dying to get yourself tattooed, do your research and look for artists who use Eternal Ink or other non-toxic inks. Choose your artist wisely, and do not be afraid to ask questions. You can even ask them for a patch test. It’s better to be paranoid than to suffer the consequences after.

For tattoo artists and for those who own a tattoo parlour, considering what’s best for your clients is a must to keep a good reputation. Use trusted brands like Eternal Ink. Aside from using non-toxic and organic ingredients, Eternal Ink is also carefully packaged to keep its good quality, and to extend its shelf life. It is also easy to keep Eternal Ink’s colour consistency, all you have to do is to shake it every three months when stored and to keep it at a comfortable room temperature away from direct UV sunlight. Other non-toxic brands are Skin Candy, Kuro Sumi, and Dynamic.

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