Bloodline Inks was recently featured by Love to Know in an article about how tattoo artists can best choose their tattoo inks. Read below to learn more! 

Tattoo Ink Colors

Choosing the colors that go into your tattoo can be a more complicated than you might think. From considering the different types of ink to finding shades that work well with your skin tone, you may find the process of choosing ink colors to be somewhat overwhelming at first. Learning about the different options is an important key to making a wise decision.

Purchasing Tattoo Inks

While some artists choose to mix their own inks, many rely on pre-mixed colors instead. Pre-mixed colors undergo rigorous testing to be licensed as a cosmetic product, which means consistent quality can be expected. These types of inks are often longer lasting than those mixed on-site. They are often pre-sterilized as well. Companies that manufacture tattoo ink include:

Bloodline Tattoo Inks (Previously known as Skincandy)

Bloodline Tattoo Inks (Previously known as Skincandy) was created by Mark August, a tattoo enthusiast who was dissatisfied with the color and quality of inks on the market. He decided to make his own line of inks, mixing them by hand for the first eight years to ensure quality control. Bloodline inks are vegan, organic and leave a bold color behind. Sets are available in standard colors, and specialty sets for portraits and hard-to-mix shades.

Choosing Your Tattoo Colors and Inks

There are numerous factors that go into the choice of tattoo inks and colors. While many manufacturers now strive for quality control and transparency of ingredients, there are other important considerations.

Reactions and Chemicals

When choosing your color, make sure you know what goes into the ink. Pigments and carriers can vary greatly by brand; just because a tattoo ink is the color you're after, doesn't mean it's the right one for you. Stay away from inks containing heavy metals, as well as any that may contain ingredients that may trigger an allergic reaction.

Colors and Skin Tone

Your skin tone has a huge impact on the way a tattoo color translates to the eye. Inks are deposited in the dermis. It is beneath the layer you see, which is the epidermis. This means that your skin tone and natural pigments will be on top of the tattoo ink. Because of this, white tattoos may appear yellow on darker skin tones, and lighter colors may not show up well on very dark skins.

The darker your skin tone, the stronger and bolder the color should be. This doesn't mean brighter; black is often one of the best colors for tattooing darker skin. Likewise, bolder colors may appear too strong and jarring on lighter skin. Brighter and lighter colors may give better results than bold shades on people with fair skin.

Long Lasting

While tattoos are meant to be permanent, new advances in tattoo removal have left some people with the idea that they can always get a tat removed if they no longer care for it. If you adopt this attitude, give some thought to your color choices before getting inked. Some colorful pigments, including green, yellow and orange, may not be easily removed.

Choose the Right Color for You

Getting the right tattoo means talking over not only the design but also the colors and inks with your artist. Ask for a list of ingredients to make sure you are comfortable with the ink that will be used. Also request recommendations for what colors will show up best on your skin tone. The final color you choose should be one that you are completely happy with, in terms of appearance, ingredients and how well it is applied to your skin. Make sure you don't accept a tattoo until these requirements are met.



Bloodline in a high performance dispersion product which flies effortlessly into the skin. Bloodline is cruelty free, vegan safe and creates some of the brightest fastest healing inks on the market today. We specialize in professional tattoo inks and UV tattoo inks that we know you will love. Shop our professional grade tattoo inks today.

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