HOW DOES THE COLOR GET INTO THE SKIN?
Whether it’s by machine in a tattoo parlor or by hand, as is traditional among aboriginal peoples, a sharp object accompanied by some color is repeatedly rammed into the skin. Modern machines use multiple parallel needles to quickly penetrate the skin and convey the ink. Depending on the equipment the tattoo artist uses, this can form a fine line, a wide bar, or shading. Color “clings” to the needles and gets deposited in the skin. The choice of color is crucial because there are no scientific compatibility studies, only experiences. And, despite assurances of sterility, studies show every tenth ink tank teems with bacteria.