What’s in your ink?

It use tothX6N1726K be that tattoos was taboo.  Something that only tough guys and outlaws had.  Something that the seedy underbelly of society pursued and experiment with.  That no self respecting, honorable, and productive member of society would have and never something to be display in public.  Nowadays that is a thing of a past.  Teachers, band directors, bankers, lawyers, all sorts of so called respectable people in respectable society having tattoos and brandishing them so that the world can see it.  This writer not excluded.

Tattoo are a personal depiction that is with a person for a lifetime.  Art that is with a person wherever he or she is.  Presently a person can receive a tattoo make up of glow in the dark ink.  Through a scientific process called phosphorescence.  Or even ink that will glow in black light.  For a less painful an permanent ink that is easier for a person to have laser remove if sometime down the road Bob is no longer the king of your heart.

Even though tattoos are very common how much is really know about the process.  Of course cleanliness and sanitation is extremely important.  With the ever presence of blood and bodily fluid both cleanliness and sanitation is a must that cannot be taken lightly.  Heaven forbid some careless tattoo artist uses the same needles or unclean gun on multiple persons.  The spread of disease and infection is incredibly increased by such tattoo artist.

How many of those people getting tattooed considered the ink?  What is in that ink that is being injected into a person’s skin his body?  Is it cancerous?  Is it harmful?  It should be safe and regulated like anything else, right?  The truth is that ink is all too often a mixture of pigments with high amounts of lead, mercury, and some other elements and chemicals that is not safe for anyone to consume, definitely not safe to have it injected into the largest organ on the human’s body.  The skin.

Not to mention that although the United States’ Food and Drug Association (FDA) are suppose to regulate the inks and pigments used for tattooing purposes it is regularly overlooked and not practiced.  In fact many claims by the FDA and others in the medical field have mention that the ink used for tattooing is the same as the ink used for printers or automobile paint.  Which must beget the question is it safe?  Really, only one state requires some type of warning to its consumers, the clients, about how volatile having this ink punctured into the skin.  That the inks used for tattooing purpose have heavy metals that has been know to cause a laundry list of issues that includes reproductive problems, birth defects, and cancer.

For those that are still hell bent on getting that new ink there are alternatives to the traditional ink.  Although it may be harder to find a tattoo artists that is using this type of ink it is not impossible.  As of recent there have been an influx in companies making organic inks.  Even vegan inks.  These organic and vegan inks are made from plant based pigments.  Not containing the harmful elements that more traditional inks are comprised of.  It is ok to enjoy the beauty of tattooing without being concerned of the harmful unknown side effects of deadly ink.