How To Make Tattoo Ink

Learn about how to make tattoo ink instead of buying a tattoo. Different mediums will make colors for tattoos, for example both fruit (seriously) and charcoal are useable materials for attoo ink. It's all about being creative and open with trying to make tattoo ink in unique ways.  Try some of these ideas:

You'll need:

  • Measuring spoons/baby food jars
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Strainer
  • Fruit for color  
  • Charcoal
  • Water


  1. Mashing berries for ink – Using fruit is really for patient people. Since fruits stain, they are strong potential tattoo ink material though there is very little information on the longevity or safety of the use of fruit as tattoo ink. Fruit is mixable and could be used to make different tattoo ink colors. You can try mashing up raspberries or blueberries with something that will completely get all the juice out, strain the juice letting the liquid drip in to baby food jars. Once you have the strained liquid in baby food jars, you add salt and vinegar to help preserve the color and help it last. There you have tattoo ink made from berries.
  2. The art of charcoal – Charcoal is another potential tattoo ink. Mix charcoal with water and you have possibly great tattoo ink. The wet charcoal will be much darker and richer than if you use charcoal dry (without water). Put the charcoal in to a bowl and mix with a little water or you can dip a charcoal pencil (you can find these at most art supply stores or craft stores) in to water.  This is only a very temporary tattoo ink, but it is dark.

There you have it, a couple of cool, unique ways to make tattoo ink that also barely cost any money to make. You'll save money and have very creative potential tattoo ink. Making tattoo ink this way may seem different, but if you have one of those "don't care what anyone else thinks" personalities, you will can carry these creative tattoo ink techniques as far as your imagination can take you.

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