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What makes a good Tattoo Ink?

Tattoo inks come in every shade, tone, and hue of the rainbow these days and the variety doesn’t just end at color, there are a large number of ink manufacturers out there too.  It stands to reason when faced with so many options that people are quick to ask what types of Inks other tattoo artists are using in their studios.

Before we get into our recommendation, we need to talk about the Inks themselves.

What to look for in a good Tattoo Ink.

The four main factors every tattoo artist is concerned about is:

  1. Product Safety
  2. Ink Flow
  3. Longevity
  4. Color Selection

Product safety is a no-brainer. We want inks that aren’t going to harm our clients in the near or long term. Flow is a little more nuanced, meaning does the ink flow well with your tattoo machine and are you able to get that ink under the skin. Longevity refers to the lasting power of the color and how well it holds up over time under all conditions. Lastly, Color Selection means just that, does this ink manufacturer have the colors that match you and your client’s vision for their tattoo.

This is why we use Eternal Inks.

It’s important that we start off by stating that we only sell what we use in our own studio. We mention that every chance we get because we think it’s an important point to drive home. We trust Eternal and Motor City inks in our tattoo machines and, ultimately, in our clients. 

Eternal Inks are non-toxic and vegan-friendly, so that’s two major pluses right off the bat. Secondly, they have all of the features we talked about above. They are easy to work with and absorb into the skin smoothly. Their color selection is truly insane. We carry something like 50 of their colors alone. And so far we’ve had nothing but amazing results with their longevity. In fact, their black and white inks alone are considered the industry best for color staying power and as far as we can tell, their other colors work just as well.

So, there you have it. That’s what we use, it’s what we sell, and it’s what we recommend!


Until next time!
~Blood Oath