tattoo ink

Tattoo technology is constantly being improved and surprises with its capabilities. In addition to classic and color ones, there are already luminous and neon tattoos, 3D drawings, biomechanical images. Naturally, the cost of such pleasure is very high, for the most part, due to the price of materials. Therefore, many are interested in what tattoo ink is made of and whether it is possible to make it yourself.

Tattoo ink at home

There are many recipes on the Internet with which you can make paint. Among them, the three most popular are the so-called “burnt”, stationery ink and a mixture based on iron oxide:

  1. The first option is a technique invented in prisons. It consists in burning out the heel of shoes with rubber soles and collecting soot on a saucer. The resulting plaque was mixed with the urine of the person to be tattooed for better biocompatibility.
  2. The second recipe is based on driving regular ink under the skin to make black tattoo ink. This method also comes from “places not so remote.”
  3. The third technology is based on a mixture of ferric oxide and a liquid insoluble in fat and water. The paint is burgundy or red.

Naturally, none of the options can be used. This is dangerous and unhygienic, since the introduction of any “self-made” paint under the skin is fraught with infection, bacterial infection, and even sepsis with a fatal outcome.

Tattoos should be done exclusively by a trusted master, in a salon with modern equipment and high-quality professional production materials.

How to make paint for a temporary tattoo?

Drawing on the skin, which will last about 3-4 weeks, can be done with henna. Such a temporary tattoo is called a mehndi, it is completely harmless and is gradually washed off. But such images allow you to briefly decorate the skin or see how the pattern will look before hammering it.

The composition of paint for a temporary tattoo:

  • 500 ml of water;
  • temporary tattoo ink

  • henna powder, about 30-40 g;
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar;
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice – 10 ml.


  1. Heat water to a hot state, pour henna into it.
  2. Boil the mixture, add sugar.
  3. After the sugar dissolves, pour in the lemon juice.
  4. Stir quickly and remove the mixture from heat, cool.

Cold paint can be used immediately to apply mehndi patterns.