FAQ for tattoo inks
How/where should I store tattoo ink?
Store inks at room temperature, in a clean environment. Note that inks contain also distilled water and therefore can freeze if stored in a too cold place. Avoid also high temperatures, and protect inks from direct sunlight.
How do I know if the ink has expired?
The ink bottles have the expiration date on the label. In addition to the expiration date the label also has a symbol which tells you how long the product is safe to use after opening. It will look like this. The number indicates how many months the product can be used after opening. In case there is no symbol, use the product within 12 months from opening.
Allergy Patch Test Information:
1.) Using either soap and water or alcohol, clean a small area of skin on the inner surface of the forearm.
2.) Apply a small quantity of the Pigment/Ink, as prepared for use, to the area and allow it to dry.
3.) After 24 hours, gently wash the area with soap and water.
4.) If no irritation or inflammation is apparent, it may be assumed that no hypersensitivity to the pigment/Ink exists. The test however should be carried out before each application.
What is the RAPEX list?
RAPEX is the European rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products and it is based on the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) (2001/95/EC). It allows for the exchange of information between the Commission, Member States and certain other countries included in the system of measures regarding products posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers.
The RAPEX system applies to consumer products such as toys, electrical appliances, motor vehicles and cosmetics. The system applies also to products for professional use and products posing environmental risk. The system does not apply to pharmaceuticals, medical devices or food, all of which are covered by other mechanisms.
The competent national surveillance authority of each Member State has the statutory obligation to use the RAPEX system to report any dangerous products found on the market and inform the system about measures taken to eliminate the risk. In Finland the notification obligation is enforced under the Act on Notifying the Commission of the European Communities of Measures Restricting the Placing on the Market, Sale and Use of Certain Products Presenting a Serious Risk (1197/2009), the "RAPEX Act".
Each Member State must have a national RAPEX Contact Point, which for example in Finland is Tukes.
You can search for products in RAPEX list here.
What should I do if the ink I use shows up in RAPEX list?
First check the manufacturing lot from the ink bottle, is it the same as listed? From RAPEX list you can see the brand of the tattoo ink, product name, batch number and/or lot number. If your ink is not from the same manufacturing lot/batch, you do not have to do anything, withdrawal does not concern your ink. In case you have the same batch number and/or lot number, stop using the product and contact the supplier you bought the ink from. Your supplier will inform you how to proceed with customer return and product exchange.
How do we handle possible withdrawal?
We check the RAPEX list on a weekly basis. If we notice our product there, we immediately stop selling the product, and personally contact all customers who bought it. It is rather rare situation, that original ink would be withdrawn from market. We try to keep buffer in our stock, so in withdrawal situation the product most likely can be found there, and has not been sold forward.
How do I know my inks are original?
If you buy your inks from official distributors and well known suppliers in tattoo industry, your inks are 100% original. If you buy inks from eBay or some other not known suppliers in tattoo industry, you most likely buy copies of original inks. You can find copies available made of every major ink brand in tattoo industry. Many of RAPEX bans and withdrawals concern copies of original inks.
By using copy inks you take high risk for serious health issues to your customer. These inks can contain large amounts of dangerous ingredients. In some cases you can recognize the copy already by the label, but many of the pirated products are made to look original. Know your supplier, and buy the real stuff.
What Ink brands comply local legislation?
The inks bought from us can be used in most countries worldwide. If you hesitate, check your local legislation, or contact our customer service, and we try our best to help you with this issue as well. All our inks are 100% original and classified as safe to use.
MSDS and CTL Reports for Tattoo Inks
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Please note that we're still working on gathering various reports and some files might be missing. Also note that some products have the heavy metal information in the main CTL.
If you have any concerns about any products we're selling feel free to contact us.
Alla Prima Inks | MSDS
Black Stallion | Greywash Kit MSDS | Lining Ink MSDS (Updated 15.3.2017)
Bloodline | MSDS | CTL (representative samples) | Kabuki Shading/Outlining MSDS / CTL
Carbon Black | MSDS | CTL | HM | DOC
Cheyenne Ink | MSDS | DOC
Dynamic | MSDS
Eternal Ink | MSDS | CTL
Fusion Ink | MSDS
Heritage | CTL
Intenze | MSDS Reports Alex De Pase | Andy Engel | Basic Colors 2 | Bob Tyrell Advanced Black and Grey | Bowery Ink | Boris | Color Lining | Dragon Color | Earth Tones | Mario Barth Gold Label | Mark Mahoney | Mike DeMasi | Randy Engelhard | You can find more at Intenze's MSDS database.
CTL Reports | For CTL information, including Heavy Metals/PAH/Aromatic amines, visit Intenze's CTL database. Choose the type of report you want to view and then the name of the ink.
Jet Black | MSDS | CTL
Kuro | MSDS | CTL
Makkuro | MSDS | CTL | HM | DOC
Millennium | MSDS
Nocturnal | MSDS
Panthera | MSDS
Radiant Colors | MSDS | Harajuku Shading/Outlining MSDS
Silverback Ink | MSDS | CTL | DOC
SkinCandy | MSDS
Starbrite | MSDS
Universal Black | MSDS | CTL
Viking Ink | MSDS
World Famous Ink | MSDS
For more CTL information about inks visit The CTL EU database.
MSDS and other certificates for other products
Click to download the reports.
Please note that we're still working on gathering various reports and some files might be missing.
Ammonia Inhalant | MSDS
Anchored | MSDS
Betewipe | Betewipe Cleaning Cloth MSDS
Body Jewelry | Titanium and 316L body jewelry certificates and test reports
Cheyenne | Certificates | Needles
Clinibact | MSDS
Cosco Green Soap | MSDS
DC Invention Company | Ink Protector MSDS
Der Spritzer | MSDS
Desinfectol | MSDS
Dettol | MSDS
Easy Cleaning | Easy Cleaning Alcohol Based Gel MSDS | Easy Cleaning Hand Gel CPNP | Easy Cleaning Surfaces MSDS
Easy Piercing | Easy Piercing Hygienic Solution MSDS | Easy Piercing Mouthwash CPNP | Easy Piercing Saline Solution MSDS / CPNP | Easy Piercing Soft Cleansing Gel MSDS / CPNP
Easy Stuff | CPNP
Easy Tattoo | Easy Tattoo Cleansing Gel MSDS / CPNP | Easy Tattoo Kit CPNP | Easy Tattoo Permanent Makeup Cream | Easy Tattoo Repair Cream MSDS / CPNP | Easy Tattoo Sunstick Extreme CPNP | Easy Tattoo Vaseline MSDS / CPNP | Easy Tattoo Witch Hazel CPNP
Electrum | MSDS
Ferei | Ferei Batteries MSDS
Forte Stencil | Forte Stencil Solution MSDS
Gojo | Antimicrobial Foam Soap MSDS | Gojo Freshberry Soap MSDS | Gojo Pomeberry Soap MSDS | Gojo Purell AD MSDS
Helosan | MSDS
HULK | Hulk Super Bond Stencil Liquid MSDS
Hustle Butter | MSDS
Imax | Imax Green Soap MSDS | Imax Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution MSDS
Ink Booster | MSDS
InkEeze | InkEeze Aftercare Cream MSDS | InkEeze Aftercare Spray MSDS | InkEeze Daily Moisturizer MSDS | InkEeze Green Glide MSDS | InkEeze Purple Glide MSDS
Magic Moon | Green Soap Foam MSDS
Pelikan | Pelikan Drawing Ink SDS | Pelikan Fountain Pen Ink MSDS
Raicas | Raicas MSDS
Rapidex | MSDS
RinseCup | RinseCup MSDS
S8 | Transfer Gel MSDS | Stencil Paper MSDS | Soap MSDS | Needle Cleaner MSDS | Tattooing Gel MSDS
Spirit | Spirit Thermal Copier Paper MSDS | Spirit Vegan Thermal Paper MSDS | Sprit Transfer Cream Green MSDS | Sprit Transfer Cream Standard MSDS
Stencil Stuff | Prep Stuff MSDS | Stencil Stuff MSDS | Spray Stuff MSDS
Tattoo Finish | MSDS
Tattoo Goo | Tattoo Goo MSDS | Tattoo Goo Renew MSDS | Tattoo Goo Stencil Stay MSDS | Tattoo Goo Stencil Off MSDS | Pro Artist Tattoo Processing Butter MSDS
Talens | Talens Drawing Ink SDS | Talens Indian Ink SDS
The Aftercare Company | Body Piercing Aftercare MSDS | Tattoo Aftercare MSDS
Tombow | ABT Dual Brush Pens MSDS | Dermatology Certificate
Unistar | Unistar Green Soap MSDS
Vi-Jon | Witch Hazel MSDS | Rubbing alcohol 70% MSDS
Viking Ink | Viking Ink Bio Skin MSDS | Viking Ink Cool Mint Butter MSDS
Viscot Pen | Viscot 1451 MSDS / DOC