Posts Tagged ‘tattoo pigments’

Using Temporary Tattoos

November 16, 2009
Mona Lisa's Rear

Example of a top quality airbrushed temporary tattoo

Temporary tattoos that are applied with water fade after a few days.  Usually, these are applied to children for fun  or adults who may want to try wearing a temporary tattoo before going for the real thing. Some can look quite real and can give a hint as to what reactions they will generate from  friends or family members. This might be a better way to go for some people before getting a real tattoo to lessen the risk  of going through a real tattoo removal at some later date. Removing a tattoo is not something that anyone wants to do if they can avoid it.

Most temporary tattoos contain cosmetically approved additives approved for use on the skin, but in the past, alerts have been issued for foreign made  temporary tattoos because they are not labeled with a mandated ingredient list. Also, past imports of henna products for skin use have been banned because of no mandated labels. Henna is approved for use as a hair dye and not as a skin dye for tattoos. Black and blue  henna are somewhat suspect since natural henna normally produces a reddish brown tint. These black “henna” tattoos contain p-phenylenediamine other wise known as coal tar and are unsafe for long term contact with skin, especially children.

Always make sure  any temporary tattoo given to your kids comes in a package printed with a list of ingredients. We don’t want something fun for the kids to be harmful.

As for the ingredients that go into making real tattoo pigment,  always ask the shop owner or artist giving you the tat what’s in the pigment. These days there is usually nothing to worry about, but it never hurts to be safe. Red pigments are the most likely to cause an allergic reaction which could necessitate a removal depending on the severity of the reaction.

Nuviderm provides an effective and affordable method of real tattoo removal and is a low cost tattoo removal alternative to laser.

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Tattoo Removal Creams and Gels Vs. K-Y Jelly

September 18, 2009

Tom Leppard, formerly the worlds most tattooed man. He's from Scotland, not Mars.

Tom Leppard, formerly the worlds most tattooed man. He's from Scotland, not Mars.

There is no easy way to remove a tattoo regardless of what some tattoo removal product companies would have you believe. Rubbing cream on your tattoo once or twice a  day sounds good, but it’s no more effective at tattoo removal than K-Y Jelly.

Luckily the human leopard pictured above doesn’t have to worry about tattoo removal, he’s happy as a clam just the way he is. His name is  Tim Leppard and he is the former Guiness Book of Records holder for the worlds most tattooed man with 99.2% of his body tattooed. His face is the .8% that is not tattooed so that means that certain part of the male anatomy must be tattooed which also  makes him  crazy. Looking at him and calling him crazy seems slightly redundant. Apparently he feels he owes the look to the family name.

Back on topic…

Tattoo pigments have come a long way in the last few years and they are now more fade resistant, not to mention more difficult to remove than ever before. Unfortunately the tattoo removal industry has not quite kept up with the installation side of the industry. There has been talk of an easily removed ink via 1 laser visit for a few years now, but if it’s available no one seems t0 be using it.

Some people feel if you get a tattoo with the intention of removing it you might as well use temporary tattoos from the beginning and save yourself the trouble of a tattoo removal procedure sometime down the road.

If you’ve decide at some point to go through the tattoo removal process, don’t be surprised at how difficult it is to remove compared to the hype put out  by the tattoo removal cream industry as a whole. Slick marketing has moved from Madison Avenue to the internet without skipping a beat. They can say whatever they want on the internet and who is going to stop them, Google?  That would be like a dung beetle asking an elephant not to take a crap. Sorry for the crude analogy, but I’m cranky from working to many hours.

Tattoo Removal Solutions

The best solution to tattoo removal is to not get one in the first place. Lasers are good, but they do hurt a bit. Nine hundred degree skin temperatures generated by lasers is bound to sting. Using a cosmetic acid based tattoo removal product, like Nuviderm, is far preferable, especially when you factor in price.

In addition to being safe and inexpensive, products like Nuviderm are the only ones that can be reliably used by the home tattoo removal crowd who want to avoid getting de-inked by laser because of the cost or pain related to that type of tattoo removal.

If it’s time to lose your tattoo, Nuviderm tattoo removal should be your  choice. Every tattoo removal product that actually removes tattoo pigment has it’s critics. Everyone has their preference for whatever reason, but Nuviderm works and is backed by a very long guarantee – 6 months.

This Nuviderm tattoo removal review gets 2 thumbs up because it’s telling you the truth and needles the tattoo removal cream industry and Google in one blog entry. They are both getting rich at your expense. At least Google actually works so I should cut them some slack. The other target of my scorn doesn’t work, no slack given here.

Try Nuviderm, it’s guaranteed because it works and it works because it was invented by Doctors. Creams and gels were invented by the K-Y Jelly folks and we all know what that’s for, and it ain’t tattoo removal.

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Nuviderm Reviews – Tattoo Pigments

August 23, 2009
Nuviderm reviews - tattoo pigment (cadmium) tanned leather ready to make moccasins

Nuviderm reviews - tattoo pigment (cadmium) tanned leather ready to make moccasins

Iron oxides, carbon, magnetite crystals, powdered jet, wustite, bone black and amorphous carbon from combustion ( soot).

Those are just a few of the procucts  used to make black tattoo pigment. How does it feel knowing the black in your tattoo is plain old soot, possibly scraped off the inside of some guys’ chimney or even the lid of his Weber Barbeque grill. Who knows?

Maybe that’s why black is the easiest color for a laser to remove – use enough heat and soot will vaporize and what doesn’t vaporize will be  carried off to the nearest lymph node for a long nap.

When you actually sit down and study the make up of tattoo pigments it’s a wonder more people don’t get sick or die from something related to the pigment they just had injected into their body.

Chromium oxide, malachite, ferrocyanides, ferricyanides, lead chromate, copper/aluminum phthalacyanine or just plain old copper phthalocyanine. These are the minerals(?) and chemicals(?) under your skin if you have green in your tattoo. I’m not a chemist or a geologist, but some of these greens sound dangerous. Cyanide I know is a poison, but  when combined with iron (ferro) it becomes non toxic. It just makes it more likely that you’ll set off the alarm at the airport when you walk through the metal detector.

I could go on with iron oxide (red), chromium oxides (blue), zinc oxide (white) and many others but I have other stuff to do today – I can’t sit here listing every pigment ingredient you have in you.

For your next tattoo, out of curiosity, ask the artist what he/she is about to inject in you. They probably don’t know or care, it’s the medium used in their art and you just provide the canvas.

So the next time you head off to your favorite tattoo parlor and are considering adding a bit of yellow to that tattoo just realize that one of the minerals used to create yellow, cadmium, is also used to make batteries – you know,  Ni-Cd (nickel-cadmium) batteries and until the mid 1900’s cadmium was used primarily as a leather tanning agent. I guess you could have the bottoms of your feet tattooed with cadmium and have the first pair of  built  in human hide mocassins and never have to worry about having holes in the  soles of your shoes.

Seriously though folks, not all tattoo pigment is bad and there is some bad stuff out there so don’t be affraid to ask questions, after all you’ll be the walking billboard for the body art someone draws on you.

If you get tired of looking at that art work you can always buy some Nuviderm tattoo remover to wipe the canvas clean or to prepare it for that sodium aluminum silicate (blue) coverup.

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