The earliest tattoo inks came from nature. You can use non-toxic natural ingredients to make your own homemade tattoo ink. This tattoo ink recipe is simple and has been used in various forms for thousands of years.
Homemade Tattoo Ink IngredientsThe earliest tattoo inks were prepared by mixing ashes from completely burned wood together with water. The wood ashes were nearly-pure carbon, which yielded a black to brown tattoo. While carbon is the base for modern tattoo inks, it's not a great idea to use water as the liquid to suspend the ink (the "carrier"). While a homemade tattoo ink may be prepared using sterile distilled water, poking the ink into the skin will force bacteria on the skin into the deeper layers. A non-toxic disinfectant, such as vodka, is a better choice. Prepare the ink from:
- 1 cup carbon black ashes (e.g., from completely burned wood)
- just enough vodka to create a slurry