Tattooed in Hawaii Q & A: How Safe are the Inks?

There is a question that comes up from time to time and it is logical why people would ask it:

How safe are the inks?

For newcomers getting tattooed in Hawaii (or wherever for that matter), safety is a very reasonable concern.  Our Honolulu Tattoo Artists undergo extensive training, testing, are both certified and licensed by the State of Hawaii Department of Health, and are more than willing to answer any questions about safety or any questions about your new tattoo for that matter.

Which brings us back to the issue of how safe is tattoo ink?

Today, tattoo ink is very safe because there are expiration dates, all ingredients are listed on the newer inks, and companies keep track of each batch.  For example,Eternal Tattoo Supplyis sure to have a lot number in addition to the previously mentioned items that are listed.  All ingredients in the ink are required to be approved by the Health Administration and meet safety standards in accordance with various laws.

This wasnʻt always the case though, as ink formerly had Mercury in it.  In time, people had reactions to the Mercury and things have since changed.

One other thing that has changed relating to ink: in the past, Custom Tattoo Artists could by bags of powder and mix their own inks.  If you mixed your ink properly, it could last you a lifetime!  Supply companies wised up along the way and realized they could make more money by selling only the ink it would seem.

Thank you for your questions and concerns about tattooing and safety.  Be sure to visit us online and in the shop for any other concerns and to learn more about the custom tattoo process!  Our tattoo studio in Waikiki is located at 434 Ena Road and we are open 7 days a week from 10a to 10p by appointment but walk-ins are always welcome!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii


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