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Here's How You Can Use Household Items to Make Rich Tattoo Ink

How to Make Tattoo Ink with Household Items
Tattooing is a popular body art that has been in practice since the prehistoric times. Although you can get a tattoo done from a tattoo parlor, tattoo ink can also be made at home. We discuss two ways to make homemade tattoo ink, using paper ashes and graphite powder.
Deepa Karandikar
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018
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In ancient India, temporary tattoos were made using powdered leaves of the henna plant.
You can make tattoo ink at home if:
  • You just want to test how a tattoo would look on you.
  • Such a tattoo is temporary, so you can try it for this reason as well.
  • You can also go for this option if you are finding it too expensive to get a tattoo done from a tattoo artist.
If kids want to try it, we recommend them to take permission from their parents or elders and also perform the following procedures under their supervision.
2 Ways to Make Tattoo Ink at Home
Method 1: With Paper Ashes
Ingredients You'll Need:
Paper, preferably biodegradable (for making ashes)
A blunt pin or needle
Method of Preparation
  • Take a ceramic plate or bowl that is fireproof.
  • Take a paper, and place it in the plate or bowl, preferably biodegradable. Set fire to it with a lighter or matchstick from one corner.
  • As a safety precaution, see that you do not leave the window open or a fan switched on. There should be no wind in the room to avoid the fire from spreading.
  • Burn enough quantity of paper accordingly, taking into consideration your requirement of tattoo ink.
  • To make a thick paste, add water sparingly to the ashes.
  • Your tattoo ink is ready. Finally, dip a blunt needle or pin into the ink and draw the desired tattoo design.
Method 2: With Graphite Powder
Ingredients You'll Need:
A graphite pencil
Knife or saw
Shampoo, mild liquid soap, or bodywash
Glossy paper like wax paper or butter paper
Method of Preparation
  • Break the pencil sideways in such a way that you are able to extract the graphite from it. Use a knife, saw, or hammer to do so.
  • Place the graphite on a glossy paper like a wax paper or a butter paper.
  • Using a hammer, grind the graphite to a fine paste.
  • It is easier to collect the powder from the glossy paper as it does not stick to it.
  • Now for the solvent, add some shampoo, liquid soap, or bodywash to the powder and make a paste of it. Mix enough quantities of graphite powder to your solvent so that you get a smooth consistency; it should neither be too thick nor too runny. The consistency should be such that it just spreads on your skin.
Double-check that the ingredients you are using are non-toxic and skin-friendly. The tattoo ink is in close contact with your skin; thus, the right choice of ingredients is very important. Take the necessary safety precautions while performing the above-mentioned procedures.

Note that homemade tattoo ink will not have the quality of professional tattoo ink. You can get a tattoo done from a tattoo artist if you want a more professional finish to your body art.
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