Types of Tattoo Ink

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There are many brands of tattoo ink, but most ink types are made from a combination of witch hazel, distilled water and glycerin. Find tattoo ink that stays on the needle well and produces bright colors with tips from an experienced tattoo artist in this free video on tattoo ink.

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Hi, I'm Lenny from Addicted 2 Tattoos in Tampa, Florida. I'm going to talk to you today about different types of tattoo inks. On the market nowadays, there's a lot of different brands. And it seems like almost every week, in the industry magazines that we get. We're seeing new brands coming out. Basically though, they're all pretty much the same. Except perhaps a couple of ingredients. And perhaps a little bit about how they're made. Most tattooing inks nowadays are made with a combination of Witch Hazel. They also have a little bit of distilled water in them. And they also might have some Glycerin in them. These make the tattoo inks somewhat thicker than water. But not as thick as say, pudding. This allows the ink to travel up the needle. Stay on the needle well. And then travel into the skin. These tattoo inks also contain different types of pigments. Obviously, the pigments are what make these colors. Nowadays we have brands like Millennium Moms. And these are really good inks. We've been using these for a number of years. They produce bright colorful tattoos. They also can be thinned to do washes and gradients. In the tattoo industry, we're also seeing some new types of inks coming out. This particular brand here is, got a name called Tokyo Pink. The neat thing about this stuff is, that when you put it under a black light. It actually will glow under a black light. This is unusual because in the past. These types of inks were not used because we felt that they may might be toxic. But nowadays, they're coming up with new formulations and new types of pigments. We also have inks like National that are homogenized. And you say, well, homogenization. That was used for milk production, isn't it? We also use it in ink production. It makes a smooth, creamy type of ink. That also is very easy to put into the skin. Another type of ink that's popular today, is Intenze brand. The thing that's different about the Intenze brand. Is that they're actually mixing now a very finely powdered Acrylic Polymer in that ink. What this does, is allow the ink to be very bright. And to show up well on even darker skin. The inks that we're using today are nothing like what we used to use in the past. They're much better quality. They're made under sterile conditions. And they produce bright, long lasting tattoos. So I'm Lenny from Addicted 2 Tattoos in Tampa, Florida.

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