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Best Tattoo Ink Brand?

Best Tattoo Ink Brand?

Updated Monday, May 16, 2016 Let’s face it: there’s good inks and bad inks. No matter how good the artist is, if their ink sucks, so will the longevity of the tattoo. We all see the hash tags, the watermark icons, the ads, and more from several ink company brands. It all really comes down to marketing. So which company is really the best? Tell Us… Who has the best ink? We used Painful Pleasure’s list of Top Ink Brands to compile most of our selection. If you do not see your preferred ink brand listed, please list it. We’ll close and tally the poll Friday, May 13th. Ink choices: Alla Prima Arcane Tattoo Inks by Alla Prima Bloodline by Skin Candy Dynamic Tattoo Inks Easy Glow by Electric Ink Electric Ink Eternal Ink Fantasia Tattoo Inks Fusion Ink Formula 51 Intenze Tattoo Ink Kuro Sumi Tattoo ink Mom’s Ink by Millennium Color Panthera Ink Radiant Colors Sacred Colors Skin Candy Starbrite Colors World Famous Ink Other  Results: Eternal Ink was the most popular with 31% of the votes, followed by Fusion with 28% of the votes. See our chart for details. Please note: we only charted inks that received...
Can Tattoos Be Pain Free?

Can Tattoos Be Pain Free?

In short, no. But your tattoo and tattooing experience can be much more comfortable than ever before. And we’re going to tell you how. It all started when I was getting my Marceline tattoo finished. As my tattoo artist, Tom Muron, and I have been working on my sleeve for about two years now. As we discussed the placement of my next tattoo, Tom handed me a 20 oz bottle of Hush Anesthetic Numbing Gel to apply before coming in for the tattoo. I looked at him perplexed. I’d never used anything like this before to take away the pain as most of the areas I’ve had tattooed on the arm haven’t been too bad. “Trust me,” Tom said, “you’re going to want this. The arm ditch is not fun.” The day of my tattoo I was a bit skeptical. I’ve taken 13 hours total on my ribs in two different sittings; I can handle an arm ditch. I mean, “no pain, no gain,” right? But then I thought to myself, “why the heck wouldn’t I make my experience more comfortable?” So I followed the instructions. How it works: You will need: Hush Anesthetic Numbing Gel Saran Wrap* Tape (I used medical tape, easier on the skin) *Please note, I didn’t use the wrap in the picture, I tore a fresh piece for the tattoo and made sure everything was super clean. One hour before you leave for your appointment: Clean the area you’re getting tattooed and allow it to dry. This is always a good practice before you wrap off your skin! Apply a thick layer of gel. This will feel cool...
Watercolor Tattoos: New Techniques Help Them Stand The Test Of Time

Watercolor Tattoos: New Techniques Help Them Stand The Test Of Time

Cup of coffee in hand, scrolling through the Facebook newsfeed the other day, I found a number of shares of an article about how watercolor tattoos won’t stand the test of time. While watercolor is a newer style of tattoo and it has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years, tattoo artists have been known to advise tattoo seekers against getting this style. While admirable to turn a potential client away from a tattoo that you as an artist is not comfortable, this doesn’t mean that watercolor tattoos are all bad. The moral of this story, should you choose not to read it in its entirety: watercolors can last as long as the tattoo artist knows wtf s/he’s doing. Justin Nordine, a reputable watercolor artist at The Raw Canvass in Grand Junction, CO, had a few words to say on his Facebook page regarding the article: “I believe there are a small amount of artists doing this well and many others that don’t take the time to understand its complexities. The colors should never be diluted with water which is why I hate the term “watercolor tattoo” as no actual water should be used to create transparency for this style. It’s all in how you use your colors. And articles such as this give a poor representation of the artists doing it right.” While I can’t speak for the entire tattoo industry, when Perfect Tattoo refers to watercolor tattoos, this isn’t a watered down tattoo: it’s the style that makes the tattoo look like watercolor. Adding water to ink to create transparency may have seemed like...