Throughout history, spanning all across the globe, we have decorated our bodies with tattoo ink. We have used tattoos for many different reasons. Tattoos have been used for recognizing positions in society, achievements in battle, or even being marked as a criminal. Tattoos are a well-established part of the human race.
In the early days, pigments were created from things found in nature such as flowers and berries. The pigment was then inserted under the skin using primitive tools. As time progressed, the art of making inks was refined. Inks, and how they were made, became closely guarded secrets. Good inks were very expensive. The quality of the tattoo ink was also very inconsistent, and were prone to drying out, or discoloring. Also, very little was known, and very little consideration given to the materials used and how safe it was to inject.
Over the last 150 years, tattooing has become more mainstream. When Thomas Alva Edison invented his Electric Pen in 1876, he inadvertently changed the tattoo industry for all time. A tattooist named Samuel O’Reilly discovered that by simply modifying Edison’s invention, he could mechanically introduce ink under the skin. Since then, the art-form has continued to grow into the large industry it is today.
There have been many improvements to science and medicine over the last forty years, and tattoo inks have gotten better and better. Tattoo artists and their customers alike insist on using the highest quality tattoo inks available. And the demand that artists place on ink manufacturers to not only produce inks made with the safest ingredients, the tattoo inks must also perform well and hold their color for years.
Today, nearly all of the inks you will find on the market is non-toxic. Some ink manufacturers even go a step further. Organic inks and even vegan inks are now readily available. Nearly all tattoo ink is now sterilized and tested thoroughly. This ensures that the ink remains sterile and is not susceptible to bacteria growth.
But what makes a tattoo ink great? Is it the colors? The Ingredients? The Brand?
Here at InkWhiz, we have put together a comprehensive list of the top Tattoo Ink manufacturers. We have also included history of the different companies. This will be a great resource for you if you are new to tattooing. We discuss Naming Schemes, any special Unique Ink Colors that they are known for, the goals of their company, and why they think their tattoo ink is the best ink on the market.