Beware of dodgy tattoo ink!

You know what’s surprising? The tattoo industry in New Zealand is NOT regulated.

Of course, there are rules about health and hygiene, but as for specifics about tattoos – who can tattoo, where you can tattoo, what you can tattoo with… the government doesn’t give a shit!

That is why it is so important to go to a respected, reputable tattoo studio if you’re getting a tattoo.

Tattoo Ink In New Zealand

Of course, if the industry isn’t regulated, that means that tattoo ink isn’t regulated either.

One third of Kiwis under the age of 30 have a tattoo, and with one of the highest rates of tattooing in the world, you’d expect laws about tattooing, but there aren’t any.

There are guidelines set out, but these aren’t legally binding in any way, and following them is completely voluntary.

Kiwi tattooists are expecting New Zealand laws to change soon when it comes to ink, as the European Chemicals Agency just published a list of potentially toxic chemicals used in some tattoos.

Australian laws

Our Australian cousins across the Ditch are more on the ball when it comes to regulation.

Tattoo artists in Australia are required to have a licence before tattooing a person, with breaches resulting in jail time.

This is something New Zealand may copy soon, with terrible “homers” causing infections and blood poisoning.

This is bad for the industry as a whole, with professional studios and artists like us, being lumped in with a bunch of aresholes doing tattoos in their garage for their mates.

We only use the best tattoo ink at Sunset

Here at Sunset, we are proud to be an official distributor of the world-famous Eternal Ink.

Made from organic pigments, deionized water and hamamelis water, this bright coloured ink is free of animal by-products and even suitable for vegans.

They arrive sealed in a medical grade bottle, ensuring hygiene, and the ink pigments are regularly tested and comply with all health and safety regulations.

Eternal Ink is not tested on animals, so there’s no guilty conscious tagging along with every purchase.

Eternal Ink are very picky about who they let sell their high-quality products. We are the only distributors in Auckland given this privilege and we take it seriously.

Contact us today if you’d like to order some of the finest tattoo ink at the cheapest prices, or head on over to our sister site, Tattoo Station and take a look at the other tattoo supplies we offer.