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Alternatives to Traditional Tattoo Inks

Alternatives to Traditional Tattoo Inks

Tattoos can be visually absorbing, but many may not think of the ingredients in the inks and their possible effects. There are many risks associated with getting tattoos, and possible poisons in the ink are only one of them. Inks vary, but can contain toxic heavy metals including lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic, among many others. Red inks have some of the highest levels of contaminants which can include mercury. These are all environmental and human health hazards. The American Environmental Safety Institute has given the example of an index card, which is 3 inches/7.6 centimeters by 5 inches/12.7 centimeters… read more