Tattoo Ink

Tattoo Ink

Ask ten artists what brand of tattoo ink to use for any given design, and you’ll get ten different answers—and half of them will involve mixing and matching different brands of ink. The reason for such passion is clear: no matter how talented the artist, if the ink itself is sub-par, then the tattoo will be as well.  Shop for Intezne here:  Intenze Tattoo Ink

StarBrite Sterile Tattoo Ink 17 Color Set 1 2 oz 5 ounce Starbright
StarBrite Sterile Tattoo Ink 17 Color Set 1 2 oz 5 ounce Starbright
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40 Color 1 2 OZ 15ml Tattoo Inks Pigment Complete Set
40 Color 1 2 OZ 15ml Tattoo Inks Pigment Complete Set
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7 Color Millennium Tattoo Ink Set MOMs Kit 1 2 oz ounce
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Tattoo Kit 2 Machines gun 54 color Ink Power supply needles set equipment D189GD
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StarBrite Tattoo Ink 7 Color Starter Set 1 2 oz ounce
StarBrite Tattoo Ink 7 Color Starter Set 1 2 oz ounce
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StarBrite Tattoo Ink New 25 Color Set 1 2 oz 5 ounce
StarBrite Tattoo Ink New 25 Color Set 1 2 oz 5 ounce
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Beginner Tattoo Kit 2 Gun Power Supply Set Grip Ink 50 Needles Equipment D53 GD
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New Pro Tattoo Inks 28 Color 15ml 1 2 oz Pigment set
New Pro Tattoo Inks 28 Color 15ml 1 2 oz Pigment set
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StarBrite TOP 6 PRIMARY Color Sterile Tattoo Ink 1 2 OZ Starbright
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INKSTAR 2 Machine Tattoo Kit Machines Guns Equipment Ink Gun Set Tatoo TKI2B USA
INKSTAR 2 Machine Tattoo Kit Machines Guns Equipment Ink Gun Set Tatoo TKI2B USA
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Complete Pro Tattoo Kit Digital Power Supply 2 Machine Gun 7 Color Ink 50 Needle
Complete Pro Tattoo Kit Digital Power Supply 2 Machine Gun 7 Color Ink 50 Needle
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12 oz KURO SUMI Black OUTLINING Tattoo Ink JAPANESE Liner Lining 100 AUTHENTIC
12 oz KURO SUMI Black OUTLINING Tattoo Ink JAPANESE Liner Lining 100 AUTHENTIC
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New 22 Color Tattoo Inks Supply 1 2 OZ Pigment Complete Set for Tattoo Machine
New 22 Color Tattoo Inks Supply 1 2 OZ Pigment Complete Set for Tattoo Machine
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Starbrite 7 FAVORITE Colors Sterile Tattoo Ink 1 2 OZ Starbright
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Master SET 7 BEST Kuro Sumi Colors 1 2oz Tattoo Ink LOT
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Beginner Complete Tattoo Kit Machine Gun Power Supply Needles Ink MGT 18GD
Beginner Complete Tattoo Kit Machine Gun Power Supply Needles Ink MGT 18GD
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DYNAMIC BLACK LINING SHADING Tattoo Ink Supply Tribal Dark Blackest Equipment
DYNAMIC BLACK LINING SHADING Tattoo Ink Supply Tribal Dark Blackest Equipment
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New Pro Tattoo Ink 40 color 5ml bottle Pigment Set For Tattoo Kit
New Pro Tattoo Ink 40 color 5ml bottle Pigment Set For Tattoo Kit
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MOMs Primary Color Kit 1 Millennium Tattoo Ink Set 5oz
MOMs Primary Color Kit 1 Millennium Tattoo Ink Set 5oz
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High Quality 1 2 OZ 40 Color 15ml Pigment Complete Set Tattoo Inks
High Quality 1 2 OZ 40 Color 15ml Pigment Complete Set Tattoo Inks
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Beginner Tattoo Kit 2 Machines Gun 54 color Inks Power supply needle Grip D192GD
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StarBrite Tattoo Ink 10 Primary Colors Kit Set 1 2 oz
StarBrite Tattoo Ink 10 Primary Colors Kit Set 1 2 oz
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StarBrite Tattoo Ink All 46 Colors Kit Full Set 1 2 oz
StarBrite Tattoo Ink All 46 Colors Kit Full Set 1 2 oz
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Tattoo Kit 2 Machines gun 54 color Ink Power supply needles set equipment D100GD
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Starter Tattoo Kit 2 Machine Gun Power Supply Set Inks Needles Grips Equipment
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Best Tattoo Kit 3 Machines Gun color Inks Power supply needle Grip Tip set D92GD
Best Tattoo Kit 3 Machines Gun color Inks Power supply needle Grip Tip set D92GD
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7 Color Millennium Tattoo Ink Set MOMs Kit 1 oz ounce
7 Color Millennium Tattoo Ink Set MOMs Kit 1 oz ounce
$55.54
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StarBrite Tattoo Ink 9 Color Starter Set 1 2 oz ounce
StarBrite Tattoo Ink 9 Color Starter Set 1 2 oz ounce
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StarBrite Tattoo Ink New 25 Color Set 1 2 oz 5 ounce
StarBrite Tattoo Ink New 25 Color Set 1 2 oz 5 ounce
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SULUAPE SAMOAN BLACK Intenze Tattoo Ink 12oz 360ml Bottle Sterile High Quality
SULUAPE SAMOAN BLACK Intenze Tattoo Ink 12oz 360ml Bottle Sterile High Quality
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It’s absolutely essential for artists to use quality tattoo ink that they know inside and out. For those of you considering trying out a new brand or just starting out as a professional artist, here’s some common wisdom about different brands of ink that might prove helpful.

Black Tattoo Ink

Which brand of black ink is the “best” is one of the eternal questions debated endlessly by tattoo artists. Many prefer to mix and match depending on the individual tattoo design, and many others add just a touch of royal blue, purple, or red to the black for a “truer” black. Here’s a breakdown of some of the more popular brands.

Kuro Sumi – This brand of ink, imported from Japan, is great for outlines, but can be finicky with shading.

Talons – Solid all-round brand of black ink, this brand has been in use since 1984.

Pelikan – Great ink for shading, but it tends to heal too light for solid black. Some artists mix it with distilled water or witch hazel to improve shading.

Intenze – Manufactured by Mario Barth, this is good for solid or dark black, but for lining, it’s a bit thin.

Dynamic – Good for shading, this brand reliably stays dark.

Sumi for Lining- dynamic for shading.  Depending on the other colors in the piece. I'll add a drop of opposing colors to black, just to offset it from the rest.

Color Tattoo Ink

Tattoo InkEach artist has his or her own preference when it comes to color inks, but here’s a quick breakdown of some of the more popular inks. If you’re considering switching to a new brand of tattoo ink, try and get a sample pack before buying in large quantities.

Kuro Sumi – Solid colors, but beware imitations—there are a lot of cheaper knock-offs available, so be sure to buy from a reputable supplier.  That pretty much goes for all tattoo ink brands!

Classic Color Systems – The Troy Glen system, these are solid, thick inks that are also 100 percent organic.

Dynamic – Another solid tattoo ink brand that’s great for softer shades.

Eternal – Thick and pure with rich color, this brand is manufactured by the owner of Eternal Tattoos, Terry “Tramp” Welker.

White Tattoo Ink

White ink tattoos are currently in vogue, featured on celebrities like Lindsey Lohan; however, artists have been using white tattoo ink for years, mostly to complement color tattoos—frequently as highlights.  Here are a few white tattoo ink brands.

Starbrite’s Brite White – This color keeps its brilliance well, although there have been some reports of allergic reactions when Starbrite is used with reddish colors.

Moms Power White – Moms pack as much pigment as possible into its ink for bright colors.

Eternal – As with their other colors, Eternal’s white ink generally get’s good reviews.

Tattoo ink is one of, if not the most important ingredient in your arsenal of creating great tat's!

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