What Kind Of Ink Is Used For Tattoos?
The type and quality of ink you allow onto your skin is a very serious matter.
Even so, it’s something that those receiving tattoo’s don’t always pay enough attention too!
The ALL DAY Tattoo studio in Sukhumvit, Bangkok, pay serious attention to this matter and as such we only use the highest quality branded inks which we import directly from the USA.
With this in mind, we would like to put the record straight and explain why the type and quality of ink used by artists is so important.
As we progress we will also answer some of the most common questions we receive.
How is tattoo ink made?
To make ethical tattoo ink a carrier and colorant needs to be mixed.
- The carrier consists of a clear liquid. This helps perform skin absorption from the pigment molecules. Liquids used include alcohol, glycerin or witch hazel.
- The colorant is the pigment which is made from organic or mineral sources.
To maintain consistency in terms of color and longevity the highest quality carrier and colorant ratios must be as precise as possible.
This is no easy feat and as a consequence many of the inks produced today are not of the highest quality.
They simply do not achieve the required preciseness.
Sub-standard ink is often diluted to excess with carriers.
The result is that the appearance of this ink is too light when applied under the skin and will fade more rapidly.
Why is it so important for a studio to use the highest quality ink?
Reputation means everything to a tattoo studio and it’s artists.
The ALL DAY Tattoo team have worked hard to become the #1 licensed tattoo studio in Bangkok and we intend to maintain that position.
Along with highly skilled tattoo artists who are internationally recognised, and the strictest hygiene standards we pride ourselves on using only quality tattoo inks from reputable, highly-recognized producers.
There is no doubt whatsoever that the higher the quality of ink used for tattooing, the better the finished article.
Sub-standard inks are not only likely to increase irritation and constitute increased health risks, they will reduce the effect, clarity and color of your finished design.
If tattoo ink is mixed with too much alcohol its application will be rendered as being too ‘thin’ and if the ink in question does not contain the required amount of pigment it is prone to fade after just a few years.
This is why the ALL DAY Tattoo team are committed to using only the highest quality branded inks imported from the USA for all of our clients.
A Tattoo is a Lifetime Commitment
We are very well aware that committing to a tattoo will leave a permanent design on your body.
The ALL DAY Tattoo team are fully conscious that such a design should not only look stunning today, but that it should remain clear and vibrant for decades to come.
This can only be achieved by using the highest quality of tattoo ink.
The ink used must be very carefully selected in terms of the appropriate color, and it must maintain its consistency and color-fastness.
Another very strong reason that you should insist on only the highest quality ink relates to larger tattoos.
When an artist is tasked with completing a large tattoo design over multiple sessions it is imperative that the ink colors used remain the same for each session.
Any minor changes in the ink formula used could very well ruin the outcome of a large tattoo.
Am I likely to have an allergic reaction?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions we get asked.
If you know that you are particularly prone to allergic reactions or suffer from skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis you should make this known to your tattoo artist.
We say this because the chances of an allergic reaction will naturally be increased.
However, it should be said that the vast majority of those receiving a tattoo do not suffer from any allergic reaction at all.
If you are particularly sensitive to allergies then the ink in question can be applied to a small patch of your skin in order to check for any potential reaction.
The ALL DAY Tattoo studio team also provide a comprehensive aftercare ‘check-list’ which will be explained to you before leaving our studio.
Following these recommendations and understanding signs of a possible allergic reaction will help anyone affected minimize such issues.
Using Quality Inks Means We Can Predict The Outcome
Any tattoo artist worth their salt is fully aware that the performance and predictability of the inks they use is key to producing the highest quality tattoo designs possible.
Committed tattoo artists will choose the inks they use on exactly how predictable such inks perform on their client’s skin.
High quality tattoo inks are generally alcohol-based, they are relatively thick in texture and are batch-to-batch color consistent.
Quality Tattoo Studios Use Quality Ink
As a business we have a reputation to maintain.
But more importantly, we want to be sure we’re delivering the best possible outcome to our clients.
In this respect we feel duty-bound to use only the highest quality of USA imported inks and always have done.
To ensure each and every client who receives a tattoo at our studio we only used ‘best-of-breed’ inks from world renowned producers.
The ALL DAY tattoo studio use only the highest quality branded inks imported from the USA
Vegan Tattoo Inks
One of the questions we answer all the time at our tattoo studio in Bangkok is – are the tattoo inks you use vegan?
The answer to this is “yes”!
As a team of animal lovers, it’s very important to us that none of the inks we used are ever tested on animals but apart from that, they also don’t contain any animal products.
This is something that can only be guaranteed using high quality branded inks.
In a lot of regions of the world, calling something “vegan” or “organic” is little more than a marketing label – the product could contain anything.
However using branded inks from the USA means that the statements these companies make are going to be under a LOT of scrutiny (and rightly so!) from not only studios but concerned consumers.
The High Quality Branded Inks We Use
Eternal Ink is world renowned for quality and consistency. They are one of the industry’s longest-standing tattoo suppliers and have over 3 decades of ink experience.
Organic pigments and 2 types of water (Deionized and hamamelis) go to make up their top quality inks.
You can be assured that only organic pigments are used in the production of this ink. It is never tested on animals, but it is regularly quality-tested for evaluation.
The complete range of Eternal ink is:
- Water Based
- Contain no animal by-products
- Suitable for vegans
Being pre-dispersed these inks flow smoothly and disperse evenly.
The fact that they are delivered in sealed, medical grade bottles ensures the highest hygiene standards as well as ink longevity.
Many professionals in the tattoo industry class Fusion Ink as being the best, brightest ink available today.
These inks are known to be luminous and offer intensity. They are also classed as being amongst the most easily applied pigments available.
Fusion inks are not ‘filler’ packed but they do contain a much higher pigment content than other inks out there.
The Fusion Ink range is completely organic, they contain no animal byproducts and are not tested on animals. This means that you can be assured they are totally vegan safe.
Their range of inks are free from:
- Carcinogenic, Mutagenic & Reprotoxic substances
Before being shipped the inks receive a laboratory authorized certification and are supplied in medical grade, sealed bottles with an expiry date.
The brand behind Intenze Inks is synonymous with quality.
Their range of superbly created inks are up there with the finest tattoo inks produced anywhere today.
Safety is a top priority for the team behind Intenze Inks.
They work with biochemists at 2 laboratories on the development and sterilization of their inks.
Intenze inks are free from amines and mutagenic toxins, each batch is tested by a 3rd party laboratory and stored in a temperature and light-controlled environment until shipping.
Their range of inks incorporate bright, bold colors and mixed pastel colors which are unique in their own right.
Intenze has a greater amount of ink color options than any other brand out there, and proof of quality is seen by the number of world-famous tattoo artists who use them on a regular basis.
These inks contain no animal products, they are not tested on animals and are vegan compliant.
When professionally applied these inks will be found to be fade resistant; aka long-lasting tattoos for anyone.
This high quality range of tattoo ink is certainly not the cheapest ink (quite the opposite in fact!) but the ALL Day Tattoo studio believe that our clients deserve the best.
If our artists deem that Intenze is most suitable for the tattoo design you are after then that is what you will receive.
The Dynamic range of inks deliver exactly what it says on the tin (well, in sterilized, safe to use bottles, but let’s not split hairs!).
This brand has been delivering high-quality inks since 1990 so they certainly know their way around the tattoo ink world.
Being pre-dispersed they quickly and smoothly go into the skin.
Created using premium pigments they are ideal for a range of tattoo styles, many new school tattoo artists have a particular fondness for them.
Although the Dynamic range of inks are “pre-dispersed” this does not mean the inks contain no pigment.
It simply means the particles of pigment powder contained are broken up to a very fine level.
Much finer than is typically available from a stable, pigment-based ink.
Blending these fine particles with a carrier liquid results in a free flowing, smooth ink consistency.
Another tattoo ink that is seen as being one of the best on the market.
This globally recognised brand places safety as its #1 priority and every batch produced passes all required health and safety requirements.
They are proud of the fact that the complete range of inks offered is 100% vegan.
World Famous majors on the production of cruelty-free product production.
As such their vegan inks contain no animal products and are never tested on animals.
These inks are renowned as being reliable, safe on the skin, long lasting and giving excellent vibrancy.
Client safety & satisfaction
The #1 concern for the ALL DAY tattoo studio team
The ALL DAY tattoo Studio Team of managers and artists major on client safety and satisfaction.
We strongly believe that the ambience of our studio in Sukhumvit, the finely honed skills of our professional, highly experienced artists who use only the highest quality, USA imported branded inks and our commitment to stringent hygiene standards leaves you perfectly placed to receive exactly the tattoo design you are after.
For a ‘no-commitment’ discussion on tattoo inks, designs and all things tattoo related, please give in touch with our friendly, experienced team using one of the contact methods below.