EU bans tattoo inks! Only Black, White and Grey allowed!


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Tattoo inks before the end: EU ban shocks tattooists and people who have been tattooed. Only Black, White and Grey allowed!

Tattoos in Europe will change radically. This is due to a new ban on tattoo inks. 66 percent of all colors could disappear. Creative motifs and colors in all conceivable nuances: tattoos have become an indispensable part of society. But a new ban will fundamentally change the industry and with it the possibilities of tattoos.

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Tattoo industry is turned upside down: European chemicals agency fears risks

With a tattoo, customers always run a certain health risk: Freshly engraved pictures on the skin can catch fire, and in the worst case, the body can be allergic to the colors used. This is widely known.

But the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) fears other health disadvantages that could occur long after the needle sticks. ECHA is responsible for protecting people from the risks that chemicals can pose.

REACH regulation bans tattoo inks from 2022 – tattooists tremble

A regulation passed by the European Parliament and the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) states: The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) is of the opinion “that, particularly in view of the lack of sufficient information about their hazardous properties and about the risk to human health with the majority of these dyes, the risk of cancer and other possible dangers could not be excluded. “

Due to this so-called REACH regulation, some tattoo inks may neither be sold nor used in the EU from January 2022. This has far-reaching consequences. The tattoo industry fears the end of colored tattoos, after all the pressure from the EU is great and the time to develop alternative approved colors is short. The ordinance was adopted at the end of 2020.

Colored tattoos soon banned – tattoo artist “just can’t imagine it”

“I just don’t want to imagine tattooing only black and white from January on,” says a tattoo artist who runs her own tattoo studio in Landesbergen (Lower Saxony) and almost only brings colored pictures under the skin.

For them it is inexplicable why the REACH regulation is not getting much more attention. After all, every fifth person in Germany is tattooed and there are more than 300,000 tattooists in Europe – all of them are affected by the future color ban.

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Because of the REACH regulation: “All colors are affected and are no longer applicable” – severe penalties are imminent

“All colors are affected and are no longer applicable”, only some black, white and gray tones remain because they are REACH-compliant. Other colors that the tattooists, like Susanna Taubensee, still have in stock will be thrown in the trash from January 2022. They may no longer be used because of the preservatives and binding agents they contain – not even for private use. “If I would use my color, I would be liable to prosecution. If I tattoo my husband with it privately, I face a fine of up to 50,000 euros or a prison sentence of up to 5 years. “

The mood among customers is twofold. Some of them are starting to panic because they want to finish major projects such as so-called sleeves (a tattoo of the entire arm) quickly this year. Others take a more relaxed view of the whole thing and trust the manufacturers to act quickly and develop REACH-compliant tattoo inks.

Tattoo colors forbidden: “With new colors you start from scratch”

After the bad news of the ordinance passed, most tattoo artists panicked that they could only stab Black and Gray, and even felt that their very existence was threatened. The fact that some manufacturers want to bring REACH-compliant inks onto the market will affect their livelihoods. How good or bad they are, however, currently nobody knows. The empirical values ​​are still missing for the new colors.

Another problem that the tattoo artist sees coming: colors and thus tattoos will probably become more expensive in the future due to the need to develop new ones. “There will probably be price increases of ten to 30 percent.”

Prohibited tattoo inks: Regulation has another big catch – green and blue will be completely gone

Your customers blindly trust the tattoo artist in Landesbergen. She does not want to gamble away the leap of faith and relies on transparency. Your customers are informed about all processes, especially about the REACH regulation.

Because the regulation has another bitter catch. It is true that some colors can in future be produced without the forbidden preservatives and binding agents. However, the ordinance also includes a ban on the color pigments Green 7 and Blue 15 from 2023. “So far, it is not chemically possible to manufacture these pigments, the development would probably take two to four years – if it is possible.” Completely canceled in 2023, 66 percent of all tattoo inks will be lost.

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Against the REACH regulation: “Save the Pigments” fights for green and blue tattoo inks

Thousands of tattooists in Europe are currently trying to counter this. The “Save the Pigments” initiative fights to preserve the colors. With the Europe-wide petition to preserve the two pigments, the initiators have already found 119,162 supporters (as of October 15). This makes it one of the most successful Europe-wide petitions.

The REACH regulation is primarily intended to protect people from possible damage to their health. This is where the criticism of many tattooists comes in – because it has not been proven whether the tattoo inks are really harmful to health or even carcinogenic. “The main problem is that tattooing is not an apprenticeship. Anyone with a tattoo machine can pop the color under their skin. It goes without saying that there can be inflammation”says a tattoo artist.

Tattoos – Dangerous or Harmless? Studies are currently ongoing

They are permanently under the skin – and often questionable. What makes tattoo inks dangerous and what to look out for when getting a tattoo.

Tattoos carry a health risk: Find out more HERE

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  1. so far, all the scientific (dermatologic among others) have shown no correlation between cancers or other diseases and tattoos. There was a number of 1001 allergies on 54 millions people tattooed and if you look at all the major brands nowadays, they are way healthier than a few decades ago, so again, the government took ages to react and when it does it doesn’t t understand anything and now threatens a whole industry, it is really unacceptable this law. And from I have read, this whole story is based on a colouring shampoo that had some pigments in it that gave some bladder cancers before 1960. A dermatologist since then made then a study and said that never heard of relation between cancer and tattoos. Please can, for once, the government make team with the people who actually know what they are talking about and make a legislation together instead of fascistly banning inks that will provoke a massive job loss and less healthy alternative solutions? PLEASE!!!


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