Top Tattoo Ink Brands - Which Tattoo Ink Should You Choose? | Buy Tattoo Ink Online
When it comes to Tattoo Inks, there are a tonne of brands out there to choose from. It's great to have a lot of colour options, but it can be a bit overwhelming especially for new tattoo artists who are still trying to figure out which inks work best for them. The vibrancy and finish can vary quite a lot from brand to brand, so it's important to find out which inks will give you the best results, whilst ensuring they are high-quality, safe tattoo inks from reputable brands.
Aside from the choice of colours, the main difference between ink brands are the ingredients the ink is made up of, and the measures of these ingredients. It's important to choose brands which contain organic ingredients, as organic inks tend to use carriers such as purified water and pigments that are made from all natural elements which make them much safer to use. Don't opt for brands which refuse to disclose what ingredients their inks contain.
The safety of your customers is paramount, so your tattoo inks should be produced to the highest industry and health standards, pre-sterilised, and packaged safely. Nowadays, most tattoo inks are vegan friendly, and this is a really important factor for a lot of artists too.
Most tattoos will fade over time, but opting for the best tattoo ink brands will ensure that the inks fade a lot less. Of course, it's important to continue to look after tattoos years after the tattoo is made, but good quality inks will certainly help with the longevity of the tattoo. Different types of inks have different purposes and will produce varying results. Some inks are made specifically for lining, whereas others are others are intended for colouring solid areas, and the style of tattooing you do will have an influence on the type of ink and coverage you go for.
Talking with other artists is a great way to get honest opinions on their experiences with different ink brands, but it's important to remember that what may work for one artist may not necessarily be right for another, so try out different brands and find out what works best and feels right for you.
We've listed some of the top tattoo ink brands that are available:
All the way from Los Angeles, Radiant Colors have been around for over 10 years, providing the tattoo industry with top quality, bold and brilliant colours. In 2016, the Radiant brand undertook a huge transformation, reformulating their tattoo ink, making it better than ever. The Radiant team worked closely with renowned tattoo artists across the globe, using sophisticated technology to create a sterilised, uncut homogenised organic pigment which produces solid, long-lasting, and bright colours. Radiant Ink is completely vegan friendly. Unlike many tattoo ink brands, Radiant's whole range of standard colours is available in 1/2oz bottles, (as well as 1oz and 2oz), which is ideal for those who are wanting to try it without committing to a larger bottle.
One of the leading brands that are proven to be non-toxic is Eternal Tattoo Ink. Their inks are composed of organic pigments, free from any animal by-products so are vegan friendly. Founded by Terry “Tramp” Welker, Eternal Tattoo Supply has been around since the 1980's, and are one of the most established tattoo brands out there. Their main goal is to constantly look for ways that will help and support tattoo artists in creating high quality, lifelong designs
Mario Barth, Intenze tattoo ink founder has dedicated years of his life producing high quality sterile tattoo inks. Intenze probably have one of the largest range of colours on the market, and their top quality tattoo inks meet both USA and EU quality standards, with a third-party lab verifying their purity after they are sterilised. Intenze inks flow well and go in nicely to the skin, and the crisp colours stay vibrant for years. They're vegan friendly too.
Kuro Sumi Ink
Kuro Sumi Tattoo ink contains a range of colours created using a formula that has descended from centuries of Japanese tattoo artists. It's a superior quality ink that is renowned for its outstanding lining and shading inks. Created using vegan friendly and purely organic elements, Kuro Sumi's colour palette may be smaller than other ink ranges, but it's still a top choice of ink for many artists. Their grey wash inks are extremely popular, and the Kuro Sumi range also features a Cherry Shading Ink and Bronze Shading Ink, which have a really unique finish.
All Solid Ink tattoo inks are manufactured with the highest quality organic pigments and are 100% vegan friendly. They're super concentrated to ensure maximum colour saturation, and are easy to work with, super bright and heal very well. They're approved by CTL lab in Bielefeld, Germany for safety and skin reactivity, complying with EU legislation. They have a beautiful colour range to choose from.
Fusion tattoo inks were developed by Adam Everett, and feature an incredible range of organic colours. Their inks have a thicker consistency, higher pigment value and high viscosity making them bold and bright. They're sterilised to the highest standard, and are vegan friendly. Fusion ink is super smooth, and a really easy tattoo ink to put into the skin.
Obsidian Black is ‘the perfect black tattoo ink’. It features a thin viscosity whilst maintaining a very deep black, making it absolutely perfect for lining and shading alike. Made in the UK with the highest purity of carbon black pigment available along with being vegan friendly, hypoallergenic, Sterile and ResAP 2008 compliant, Obsidian is sure to be ever present in your set-up for years to come. It has been developed and perfected over time by experienced tattoo artists with 20+ years of ink formulation knowledge behind them. It is a multi-purpose versatile black ink great for lining, shading and filling large solid areas. It goes into the skin really smoothly and washes down for super soft greys ideal for realism.
Nocturnal Ink was formulated by Franco Vescovi and tested over two years by co-owner and legendary tattoo artist Jack Rudy. Their goal was to create an ink that works very similar to Talens and Pelikan, which are some very well-known drawing inks used by the tattoo industry for the last 30 years. They wanted the fluidity of those inks but it had to be darker and shade even smoother. Unlike Talens and Pelikan, they wanted their ink to be made for the sole purpose of tattooing. They're also vegan friendly. Launched at London Tattoo Convention in 2014, Nocturnal Inks have proven to be extremely popular, and the go-to ink for black and grey artists.
It can be quite overwhelming when it comes to choosing tattoo inks, and the 'best' tattoo ink is often down to personal preference, but we hope that this guide has helped in giving you an idea of the different ink ranges out there.
These are just some of the brilliant tattoo ink brands to choose from. To see our full range of tattoo inks then head over to our store where you can buy tattoo inks online. There are various brands of tattoo inks, drawing inks, and cosmetic inks available, along with shading and mixing solutions.
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- Antonia McLoughlin