Tattoo ink is the lifeblood of our industry and our craft—the key ingredient that allows us to transform a work of imagination into a life-long work of art. Quality tattoo ink gives you the control, the precision, and the predictability you need to ensure that your tattoos are safe, vibrant, and hold their color for as long as possible. That’s why you should never settle for less than the best when it comes to tattoo inks, and why we’re committed to providing you the widest selection of inks from industry-leading brands at the best prices you’ll find online.
Picking the Best Tattoo Inks
Many new tattoo artists wonder what tattoo ink is the best, and they’re likely to get a different answer from everyone they ask. That’s because there is no single best tattoo ink. Ink preferences are highly dependent upon an individual artist’s tattooing style, taste, and experience. That’s why we recommend that newer artists experiment with many different brands and types of ink in order to discover what best suits their art and their needs.
The one caveat is that your ink should always be safe. All tattoo inks are made of the same basic ingredients, but you should always check that each bottle is clearly labeled with the brand name and contact information, date and location of manufacture, as well as lot and batch numbers. While complications or contaminants are rare amongst reputable ink brands, this information will allow you to trace a bad batch back to the source if necessary. Of course, if you’re buying your inks from a certified distributor like PainfulPleasures, you can rest easy knowing that you’re only getting the most reputable, high-quality tattoo inks on the market.
Black Tattoo Ink
Black is the most commonly-used color of tattoo ink. While there are hundreds of black ink options on the market, they aren’t all created equal. A cheap black ink is much more likely to fade to green, blue, or gray over time, or to be too light to begin with. A quality black tattoo ink such as Dynamic Black, Eternal Ink MAXX Black, or any of Panthera’s black ink offerings will ensure that your black work has the depth and longevity you want.
Color Tattoo Ink
The tattoo ink color palette has exploded in recent years, giving today’s tattoo artists an incredible range of colors and hues to choose from. Again, as long as your ink is coming from a trusted source, you should feel free to experiment until you find the brand, the colors, and the palette that suit your style and art. Brands like Intenze, StarBrite by Tommy’s, World Famous, and Eternal all offer tremendous varieties of colors from the traditional to the experimental.