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Old 06-19-2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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hopefully some of you inkslingers and inkjunkies will chime in and educate me a little. . .I'm going to have a large piece done in the near future and i wanted to know the differences in the inks/pigments used these days. I want the color to stay vibrant and clear as long as possible. what should i look for and what should i stay away from? is it rude to ask an artist about their choice of ink or request another(i'd be willing to buy the inks)? thanks for looking, hopefully i'll walk away from this with a little more knowledge than i came in with. JET
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most of the inks are the same in my opinion, i got my rose done almost year ago(the one on my neck)and it is still vibrant, it depends on the artist, dont go to a bad one, go to someone you have heard good about, if it fades they also do touch ups for free most of the time
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Keep the tat out of the sun and it will last longer, but they all fade over time.
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Keep the tat out of the sun and it will last longer, but they all fade over time.
especially for the first 2 to 3 weeks, and do not put it in chlorinated water, lots of factors on why ink fades
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the piece inside of my left arm has weathered well(it's 8 years old), and my backpiece has weathered well also(4 years old). I'm asking ink specifics here. . .any info is appreciated.
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the piece inside of my left arm has weathered well(it's 8 years old), and my backpiece has weathered well also(4 years old). I'm asking ink specifics here. . .any info is appreciated.
my neck was done with MOMS ink
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my friend also used strarbrite ink
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thanks brandon. . .are those inks pigment, plastics, etc.?
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thanks brandon. . .are those inks pigment, plastics, etc.?
the moms inks are the highest pigment, i like the colors, they have a wide variety
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biggest thing is to take EXCELLENT care of it during the healing process......no pool water, no sun, and don't let it dry out by keeping a thin layer of aquaphor or A&E ointment on it all the time for the first few days and then whatever you do DON'T PICK AT IT when it's peeling........doing these will ensure the colors are given the best chance for staying power.
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i been tattooing for about 6 years, owned a shop for about 4-5 years, and met at least 100 different artists. here's some info to help you.

inks......there are a few good companies.

most artists use starbrite inks. they are well known, and have a great reputation.

intenze inks are also pretty good.

fantasia inks (aka Eternal Inks) are nice also.

as for black, the blackest black has gotta be kuro sumi's outlining ink.


it all depends on the artist as well. depends on the type of needle used, needle pattern, and how many needles in the grouping. if he can't get down.....any ink will look like trash. ink is expensive though. a full set of colors from starbrite will probably range about $500. proper care of the tattoo will help prolong the brightness of it as well.

who will be doing the piece for you?
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my neck was done with MOMS ink
Mom's ink is OKAY.

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my friend also used strarbrite ink
and Starbrite's is the shiznit. has way better characteristics than the mom's ink.
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I'm drawn to the work/style of Dan Martin. . .but I'm still undecided. I've been saving my pennies for a while, and I've got almost a grand saved up in my tattoo jar . As soon as i decide on the theme, i'll start making phone calls. Got any suggestions? I would like to get a BIG sidepiece(ribs) and then get 1/2 sleeved left arm to fill in what I've already got. Thanks for the help
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I'm drawn to the work/style of Dan Martin. . .but I'm still undecided. I've been saving my pennies for a while, and I've got almost a grand saved up in my tattoo jar . As soon as i decide on the theme, i'll start making phone calls. Got any suggestions? I would like to get a BIG sidepiece(ribs) and then get 1/2 sleeved left arm to fill in what I've already got. Thanks for the help

Dan is a great guy and great artist. If you are going to use him, be prepared to wait to get an appointment, he is usually booked well in advance.

The pinup I have on my ribs was an 8.5 hour job and the cost, well lets just say it was in the neighborhood of $1000. I'll never sacrifice a great tattoo to save a little money EVER again.
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Prizm ink is....alright I suppose. Millennium inks have been pretty good, color stays well, also depends on skin tone. Skin tone is a big factor! I have heard good things about Starbrite inks, but never used them myself. You can use the best inks and it will look like if you don't take proper care of it. Inks aren't as important as proper after care.

Tony have you ever used any blacklight inks? I'm about to "experiment" with some White UV ink here soon. Should be interesting!
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have never used the UV inks......i've heard the main ingredient to it is phosphorus/phosphate (sp?) or somethign of that matter. which is cancerous.
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+1 ive heard horrible things about that stuff
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yeah, plus it looks like without the blacklight
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