Best Tattoo Ink Review – Top Five Products Revealed 2018

Tattoos have always been something that others find taboo. However, personally, I have always find tattooes fascinating. There are somehow like an art form for me and there is something about being open to a lifelong commitment that awes me. Tattoo inks, more often than not, are also very personal. People tend to find those symbols that hold deeper meanings for them.

As a result, I have always believed that the process of tattooing are sacred. And with that being said, I also believe that the ink you are gonna use should be the best of the best. In this article, allow me to guide you through my picks for the best tattoo ink of 2017.

Best Tattoo Ink in 2017

Kumo Sami Ink is created and formed with the use of super top secret formulas. These formulas have been handed from generations and generations of top Japanese tattoo artists which makes its formula sacred.

The one thing I liked about the Kuro Sami Ink is its bright color and reliable consistency. Moreover, this product really stays long all throughout and run smoothly onto the skin.

However, one of the things I didn’t like about this is that it can be too lightweight. You are going to need to thicken it up with the use of glycol. But it can also be an asset as this means it is a versatile product and you can control the consistency.

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Stable


  • It comes with a low price tag
  • It lasts really long
  • Its pigment and color stay true
  • It runs really smooth
  • It is a vegan product and does not test on animals
  • Created out of premium and organic materials
  • You can modify this to you liking


  • You have to thicken this with glycol as this can be lightweight

This tattoo ink is one of the USA-made tattoo inks I have always liked. So if you are the type of person that considers the location of production as a factor to consider then this can be a really choice for you, if you like USA-made products.

It comes with a really thick consistency. However, despite its thick consistency, you can still manipulate this and modify this to your liking.

One thing I really loved about this product is that it is mixed with zero water that is made on the site of their medical-grade headquarters through a process that involves UV Infiltration and an inverted process of osmosis.

  • Not confirmed if it is a vegan product
  • Organic
  • Pre-dispersed


  • Vibrant colors and pigment
  • A pre-dispersed ink penetrates the skin easily
  • Scatters across the skin easily
  • Made out of premium ingredients and pure water
  • USA-made


  • Some people prefer mixing inks on their own, however, this ink is only offered at pre-dispersed versions
  • Comes with a high price tag

The Starbrite Tattoo Ink is a pre-dispersed type of uni meaning this is the type of tattoo ink that is ready to use. You are just going to have to shake it well before using.

One of the things I really appreciated about this product was its ability to to stay true to its original shade of color.

Like the previous brand, the Starbrite Tattoo Ink also goes through a rigorous process of sterilization which helps it get rid off bacteria and other dangerous stuff.

One thing I did not like much about this is probably the thin consistency.

  • Not confirmed if it is a vegan product
  • Organic
  • Pre-dispersed


  • Perfect for outlining, shading, and also grey shading
  • Stays true to its original shade of color throughout a long period of time
  • Goes through a rigorous process of sterilizations
  • Rid off any inorganic materials
  • Flows really smoothly onto the skin
  • Heals seamlessly


  • Has a thin consistency

I have always been a sucker for those with really deep and dark pigments. And the Intenze Tattoo Ink, from the brand name itself, comes with really intense colors.

Another thing I really like about this is that it is a vegan product. Moreover, this tattoo products goes through a rigorous process of sterilization which rids this product off any inorganic compounds and substances like amine.

This tattoo ink goes into your skin easily and also heals flawlessly. Because of its strong pigment, this tattoo ink manages to stay really vibrant for a long time.

  • Not confirmed if it is a vegan product
  • Organic
  • Pre-dispersed


  • Gives you a multitude of color options more than any other brand
  • They are a vegan brand and does not test on animals
  • Organic, sterile and free from any sort of bacteria
  • This tattoo ink heals seamlessly
  • Tattoo ink stays on skin vibrantly for a long period of time


  • Not ideal for outlining

The Mom’s Ink is one of my top favorites as this one has a very unique consistency. They are also equipped with one of the highest possible content of pigment.

This has resulted into very vibrant and bright color. Because of its consistency, the Mom’s Ink flows into my skin really smoothly and even quickly.

I also trust Millennium Colors because it always rechecks three things whenever they are gonna release a batch of products: the consistency of color, the rate of its flow, and the life span of the pigment or how long it is going to last.

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Pre-dispersed


  • It has really good consistency
  • The rate of flow of the ink is quick and smooth
  • Equipped with really bright pigment resulting into vibrant colors
  • Made from organic and pure pigments


  • Only available as pre-dispersed types

Things to Consider Before Buying

Of course considering that getting a tattoo is a sacred process, there are some factors you must take into careful considerations. Read on for my buying guide.

  • Organic or Inorganic?

Oftentime, people, myself included, overlooks the ingredient list. Not all tattoo inks go through a rigorous process of sterilization and not all tattoo inks make their products from organic and premium materials. With that being said, always check if your brand either creates ink out of organic or rids off the ink from any bacteria after the production process.

  • Vegan or Not?

This factor is something that can differ from one person to another. This is something that I consider very carefully, however, some may be indifferent. If you are an advocate of brands that do not test on animals then a tattoo ink that is not vegan is going to be an absolute deal breaker for you. Check their brand description for this info.

  • Pre-dispersed or Stable?

Tattoo Inks can be available and classified into two kinds depending on the actual structure. First, there is the stable. Stable inks, for me, are more versatile. These are the type of inks you can alter and modify according to your liking.

They can be thinned down and mixed with other products to produce more colors. The other classification is pre-dispersed. Pre-dispersed tattoo ink types are the ones you call pre-made. These are the ones you just shake and use.

  • Brand Background

Another thing you have to take into consideration is the brand background and history. Consider reading some of their previous products as this can determine their credibility and things such as how they make their products among others.

Tattoo Types

Next thing you also have to consider is the types of tattoo ink.

  • Premixed Tattoo Ink

Premixed ink is one of the most common type of tattoo. Premixed tattoo is jus basically a premade tattoo that can be made available in a variety of colors. Different brands can offer them in different consistencies, as well.

  • Semi-Permanent Tattoo Ink

Some tattoo inks are just for temporary use. It can only last for weeks or months. When getting a tattoo, be sure you are clear about what you want to use as tattoo removal processes can certainly be painful.

  • Glow in the Dark Tattoo Ink

Glow in the Dark Tattoo Inks are one of the fun specialty inks I love. They are fun to play around with. For some of who are wondering how tattoos glow in the dark, the UV inks absorbs the light and only bounced it back into the dark in a slow manner. This results into the tattoo getting a phosphorescent effect.

  • Vegan Tattoo Ink

Vegan tattoo inks is tattoo type that is animal-friendly and does not test on animals. One thing you should take note of is that one of the common ingredients found in tattoo inks is a substance called glycerin. Glycerin, however, comes from animals. If you’re an advocate for vegan products, be sure that this substance is not found in the ingredient list.

Ink Composition

Tattoo Inks are mainly composed of two things, the pigment and the carrier. There are certain tattoo artists that choose to buy them separately instead of getting pre made ones. Hand-made inks are considered more premium as one creates and customizes it according to one’s liking.​


Let’s first talk about the pigment. The pigment is what primarily gives your ink the color. Sometime they can be plant-based or entirely made from plants. They can also be infused with metal compounds like chromium, lead, oxide and the likes. When looking for certain colors, you have to look for certain pigments. This is because a certain pigment is in correspondence with a certain color or colors.

If you are looking for tattoo inks with the colors of yellow, green and white look for a pigment with lead. If you are looking for red, look for mercury. For shades of blue and green, go for copper.


The carrier is any liquid that when mixed with the pigment allows it to get in the point of puncture and be able to go beneath the skin. Examples of this are water, methanol and rubbing alcohol.


All tattoo inks stated above are my 2017’s top picks but the best so far among the list would have to be the Kuro Sami Tattoo Ink. It was able to tick off all the considerations one must always take into mind. Kuro Sami has always been made with premium materials, ingredients and substances that are organic.

Moreover, Kuro Sami does not test on animals and is vegan-friendly which another plus. Kuro Sami is a stable ink meaning you can modify it according to your liking. Another factor I have always loved about the Kuro Sami Tattoo Ink is its brand history. Its formula are top-secret and has been passed down from generation by generation making its production really sacred.

So there you have it, guys! I hope this article really helped you on your journey to finding the best tattoo ink for you! If you have any more questions, suggestions or just recommendations, do not hesitate to leave them down below! 🙂

Amanda Landers

Hi, I am Amanda. I live in New York City. I’m a passionate beauty aficionado and I have a burning desire for makeup and skincare products. I would like to serve up great beauty tips and awesome pictures to share the common interest with all beauty lovers.

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