Printing ink tattoos Not to do

There seems to be a new (or maybe old)  fad around where people are using printers to make tattoos that they then apply to their skin. As someone who formerly worked in printing places and has witness some nasty reactions to inks, solvents, and the like, I’ll be the first one not to tell yo how to do a printer tattoo, and will say instead to please go do your homework before you decide to become an overnight tattoo artist.

Due to the wide variety of inks and dyes, there is no one simple answer as to the dangers of printer tattoos because the inks are comprised of a wide variety of substances which vary according to manufacturer and printer type. One way to find out what is in the ink or toner, and I do recommend you contact the manufacturer of your particular printer and ask them to send you their material safety data sheet on the particular ink it contains, or get this info from whoever refills your cartridges. MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS, study them, know them well, make them your friend.

Rule of thumb: if you can’t eat the ink, don’t put it on your skin. The skin does absorb what is put on it. If what is put on it can cause kidney or liver damage, or hives, or blisters, or any other number of ill-effects, one can take up a chair in the office of a professional tattoo artist or henna artist. As a professional, I would not ever use a printer tattoo, and hope nobody else tries it before thorough research. Here’s a couple of sites that offers some insight on printers that I think you will also find helpful:

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P.S. Please also get henna from reputable sources which test the purity. Do not use black dyes for the same reasons as above. Henna as seen in pic should stain from red to brown, not a true black.
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If you are a mid-Minnesota Resident who would like to experience the joy of a henna or harquus mehndi tattoo, I’d like to meet with you for an hour. I’m an artist who needs a few hands so I can lend a hand to those in need in Haiyan. My galleries on will give you an approximation of the heena possibilities, and the rest is easy and fun, so spend a little time with me and lend a hand to Haiyan…………
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Jill’s Henna Hair Treatment Recipe


Not your usual as per box variety recipe. I’ve added extra conditioning power.
As you can see in any picture of me, my hair tends towards dry because it is exposed to the elements quite frequently.
I’ve found ingredients for salad dressing actually do a great job at conditioning hair, so have included some.
Use henna labelled as containing only pure Lawsonia Inermis (latin plant name for henna).
I tend to use older batches of henna for hair color and artwork, and brand new crop batches for henna tattoos. The fresher the better in everything though…
Henna strengthens, conditions hair and skin, deepens color, eliminates lice and dandruff, and is a chance to do a spa.
Start this recipe a few days before using to get the most staining power out of the henna.

1 pkg pure natural henna powder
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice or vinegar
1/4 cup low salt soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
several drops lavender essential oil
1 Tablespoon minced rosemary

Mix the above well in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Leave bowl on top of fridge or other warm spot for a day or two until the you see the color of the ingredients darkening to a very dark brown,
Stick your finger in it to see: if after 10 minutes with this on your finger it leaves a stain, it is ready to use,
Add some water if it’s too thick to stick to hair,
Dawn some long rubber gloves and an old towel shawl,
Have an extra large plastic bag or bonnet available to fit your head,
Now for the henna; glob it on, rub it in, try to get all areas of your hair,
Put on your plastic bonnet,
Wash the drips off your forehead & neck with soap and water,
Run a nice bath for yourself, and take some time to meditate and enjoy
After 30 minutes (or more if you want really dark hair) you can rinse out the henna globs.
I prefer to wait a few days after this treatment before shampooing so as not to wash out the conditioners and stains prematurely.
Since this can be a messy process, you might have some skin stains after the process. If so, you can wash most of the stain off with soap and water, and dab on a little alcohol & wipe off to reduce stain to minimal.

I have fancy Italian art glass bottles full of essential oils and natural handmade saops and herbs available for your spa day, and they are available on Local Harvest and Etsy.

Happy spa!

p.s. henna art aficionado? galleries for your visual enjoyment

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