FAQ for tattoo inks
How/where should I store tattoo ink?
Store inks at room temperature, in a clean environment. Note that inks contain distilled water and therefore can freeze if stored in a too cold place. Be sure to avoid high temperatures as well, 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.
What should be done if the client has been diagnosed to be allergic to chemicals?
We recommend allergy testing with every customer. Test should be made for all ink brands and batches that are going to be used, regardless of whether or not possible allergies are already known. If the client is known to be allergic to any dye or chemical we do not recommend taking tattoos or permanent makeup.
Allergies and their levels of sensitivity are individual, so it is impossible to know in advance if the ink could possibly contain some ingredient that will cause an allergic reaction, as the reaction could be caused by an ingredient previously unknown to the customer.
There are certificates for inks that show test results for the ingredients. Many ingredients have permissible limits that are allowed for the product and must not be exceeded, and sometimes the amount of ingredient is so small it cannot even be measured technically with certainty (ppm = parts per million). This means that even though the ingredient is not listed in the product, very small undetectable amount might still occur. This however applies to any and all products on the market today, not just tattoo ink.
Not taking a tattoo or permanent makeup is the safest option if sensitivity or allergy for any dye/color is already known to exist. If You still choose to tattoo the client we recommend allergy testing. You can find the instructions for allergy testing below.
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 Safety Gate list?
Safety Gate (formerly known as 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 Safety Gate 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 Safety Gate 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 Safety Gate Contact Point, which for example in Finland is Tukes.
You can search for products in Safety Gate list here.
We are also keeping an eye on the FDA's (in US) list that is similiar to the Safety Gate in Europe just to be safe even though it does not concern products on the European market. You can search for products on the FDA's list here.
What should I do if the ink I use shows up in the Safety Gate list?
First check the manufacturing lot from the ink bottle, is it the same as listed? From the Safety Gate 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 Safety Gate 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 the Safety Gate 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 and Permanent Makeup Inks
Click to download the reports.
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
ArteStylo | ArteStylo MSDS | ArteStylo CTL Part 1 & Part 2 | Sterilization protocol info
Black Stallion | Greywash Kit MSDS | Lining Ink MSDS
Bloodline | MSDS | CTL (representative samples) | Kabuki Shading/Outlining MSDS / CTL
Carbon Black | MSDS | CTL | HM | DOC
Cheyenne Ink | MSDS | DOC
Dinamico | MSDS | CTL
Dynamic | Dynamic Black MSDS | Dynamic White MSDS | Dynamic Colors MSDS reports
Eternal Ink | You can find SDS and CTL information for all Eternal Ink inks listed on their website.
Fusion Ink | MSDS | CTL Reports
Heritage | CTL
I AM INK | First Generation series SDS
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 Sumi | Kuro Sumi Colors MSDS | CTL Reports for Kuro Sumi Colors, Lining Ink, Shading and Bronze and Cherry Shading | King Kong Black MSDS EN | King Kong Black MSDS FI | Kuro Sumi Outlining and Graywash MSDS | Kuro Sumi Bronze and Cherry Shading MSDS
Makkuro | Makkuro Sumi Blacks/Greywash MSDS
Millennium | MSDS
Nocturnal Ink | MSDS
Nuclear White | Nuclear White MSDS
Panthera | MSDS
Perma Blend | Perma Blend CTL | Perma Blend SDS
Quantum Ink | Basic Colors MSDS | Arron Raw Skull & Bones Shading Set MSDS | Sea Shepherd Set MSDS
Radiant Colors | MSDS | Harajuku Shading/Outlining MSDS
Sacred Color | Lauro Paolini Black SDS | Sacred Color LIner SDS | Sacred Color Tribal SDS | Sacred Color Light Sumi SDS | Sacred Color Dark Sumi SDS
Silverback Ink | MSDS | CTL | DOC
SkinCandy | MSDS
Solid Ink | General MSDS | CTL Certificates
Starbrite | MSDS
Universal Black | MSDS | CTL
Viking Ink | General MSDS | Black Tribal MSDS
World Famous Ink | All Colors MSDS | Silvano Fiato set MSDS: Light, Dark, Mix, Extreme Black, Black | CTL Reports; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
For more CTL reports 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.
Aloe Tattoo | Red Out SDS | Stencil Eraser SDS | Stencil Plus SDS | Stencil Premium SDS
Ammonia Inhalant | MSDS
Anchored | MSDS
Believa | Believa Professional Butter MSDS | Believa Aftercare Safety Certificate
Betewipe | Betewipe Cleaning Cloth MSDS
Body Jewelry | Titanium and 316L body jewelry certificates and test reports
Cheyenne | Certificates | Needles DOC
Clinibact | MSDS
COMED | Comed Silicon Spray SDS
Cosco Green Soap | MSDS
DC Invention Company | Ink Protector MSDS | Ink Booster MSDS
Deche | GOODINK Tattoo Jelly CPNP | GOODINK+ Butter CPNP
Desinfectol | MSDS
Dettol | MSDS
Dr. Johnson's | Antiseptic Disinfectant Original and Antiseptic Disinfectant Spray SDS | Anti-Bacterial Cleanser SDS
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 | Easy Tattoo White Soap MSDS
EasyInn Butter | EasyInn Butter Certification, Ingredient list
ECOTAT | ECOTAT Clipcord sleeve permeability test certificate
Electrum | Electrum Tattoo Stencil MSDS | NOX Violet SDS | Electrum Stencil Marker MSDS
EZ Needles | EZ Needle Cartridges CE Certificate | CE Test Report
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 | Gojo Hand Medic Skin Conditioner SDS
Grippaz | User Information PDF
H2Ocean | H2Ocean Aquatat Cream MSDS | H2Ocean Blue Green Foam Soap MSDS | H2Ocean Tattoo Aftercare Care Cream / Ocean Care MSDS | H2Ocean Tattoo Aftercare Foam / Ocean Foam MSDS
Helosan | MSDS
HAN | Liquid Dynamite Pre-Shave Solution SDS | Der Spritzer MSDS | Spritzer Concentrate CPNP | Spritzer Ready CPNP
HULK | Hulk Super Bond Stencil Liquid MSDS
Hustle Butter | MSDS
Imax | Imax Green Soap MSDS | Imax Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution MSDS
InkEeze | InkEeze Aftercare Cream MSDS | InkEeze Aftercare Spray MSDS | InkEeze Daily Moisturizer MSDS | InkEeze Green Glide MSDS | InkEeze Purple Glide MSDS
Inked Army | Oxxolon MSDS EN | Vaseline Aloe MSDS DE/EN | Vaseline Calendula MSDS DE/EN | Vaseline Eukalyptus MSDS DE/EN | Vaseline White MSDS DE/EN
Ink Machines | Dragonfly X2 CE Declaration of Conformity | Stingray X2 CE Declaration of Conformity | Scorpion CE Declaration of Conformity
Kiilto Clean | Erinox MSDS
Kwadron | Kwadron Needles, Tips and Grips CE certificate
Led Table | Led Table A2/A3/A4/A4 Ultra Declaration of Conformity
Licoprop | MSDS
Lucky Supply | Stencil Green MSDS
Magic Moon | Green Soap Foam MSDS
Niagara Tattoo Gel | Niagara Tattoo Gel MSDS
Pal TX | Multipurpose Sanitising Wipes SDS, Efficacy Testing Summary
Panthera | Panthera Green Soap MSDS
Precision Medical | Gentian Violet MSDS
Pelikan | Pelikan Drawing Ink SDS | Pelikan Fountain Pen Ink MSDS
Raicas | Raicas MSDS
Rapidex | Rapidex Powder MSDS | Rapizyme MSDS
Red Fire Stencil | Red Fire Stencil MSDS
RinseCup | RinseCup MSDS
Rotring | Black Isograph Ink MSDS (FI) | Art Pen Ink Cartridge MSDS (FI) | Tikky Graphic Fineliner MSDS (FI)
S8 | Transfer Gel MSDS | Stencil Paper MSDS | Soap MSDS | Needle Cleaner MSDS | Tattooing Gel MSDS
Sharpie | Fine and Ultra Fine Colors MSDS (FI) | Fluo XL Colors MSDS (FI) | Metallic Colors MSDS (FI) | Neon Colors MSDS (FI)
Skin2Skin | Skin2Skin products CPNP | Skin2Skin products ingredient list
Sorry Mom | Sorry Mom Process Butter CPSR (Cosmetic Product Safety Report) | Sorry Mom Tattoo Soap CPSR | Sorry Mom Hold Fast Stencil Gel CPSR | Sorry Mom Tattoo Balm CPSR | Sorry Mom Tattoo Cleanser CPSR | Sorry Mom Tattoo Lotion CPSR
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 | Redemption MSDS
Suprasorb | Suprasorb Film Dressing MSDS
Talens | Talens Drawing Ink SDS | Talens Indian Ink SDS
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
Tattoo Defender | After Ink Classic Datasheet | After Ink Nature Datatsheet | Ink Revitalizer Datasheet | Sunny Side Datasheet | Stencil Grip Datasheet | Stencil Clean Datasheet
Tattoo Shine | Tattoo Shine MSDS
TatuYou | TatuDerm Stencil Prep MSDS | InkJet Stencil MSDS
Teknon | Biocleanse SDS (the Biocleanse wipes are saturated with the same detergent)
The Aftercare Company | Body Piercing Aftercare MSDS | Tattoo Aftercare MSDS
Tombow | ABT Dual Brush Pens MSDS | Dermatology Certificate
Tristel | Distel High Level Medical Surface Disinfectant SDS | Enzystel Intrument Cleaner SDS
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 | Viscot 1440 EZ Removable Ink Skin Marker 1440 | Viscot 1447 XL Prep Resistant Skin Marker