Why the tattoo industry is threatened

This is a text that risks injecting a lot of ink … next January, New restrictions will be imposed on the tattoo world Following a study by the European Chemicals Agency (Echa), toxins were found in the ink mixture.

As a result, in the new year, 25 pigments used by green artists, including red, orange and yellow, will be banned and more than 4,000 products will be reduced to particularly lower limits. By 2023, the official ban from tattoo artists will change to blue and green.

Are believed to be carcinogenic substances

As with the development of cosmetic products, the inks used by tattoo artists are also designed European Reich Regulation. However, the latter has decided to ban the marketing of products classified as “carcinogenic type 1A, 1B or 2” or “mutations in type 1A, 1B or 2 germ cells” for tattoo purposes. Reich wants to ban substances that are “toxic to reproduction”, which are classified as “skin sensitive” or “itchy to the skin”.

According to Echa, at least 12% of Europeans have a tattoo that says, “Ink pigments can migrate from the skin to various organs, such as the lymph nodes and the liver.” Thus, the agency intends to drastically reduce the maximum concentration limits on many products.

The industry feels more at risk than ever

It did not take long for the experts to react. The National Association of Tattoo Artists (SNAT) condemns the lack of specific scientific data on the practice, and estimates that if blue and green pigments are banned, more than 60% of the color range should be banned from tattooing. Artists. Union participates A petition on the website of the European Parliament, The ban on these pigments “will have a significant impact on the economic competitiveness of European tattoo artists and pigment artists compared to those providing these services outside the Union and will affect the sector’s presence.”

With two clicks on the Internet, you can buy copies of pigments from abroad.

Tin-Tin, President of SNAT, at Les Echos

This is because professionals fear an opaque tattoo practice that could pose a further risk to the health of clients, whether foreign competition or worse. Tin-Tin, union leader Interviewed by Les Echoes, The ban would encourage “an entire industry to go underground”. He added: “With two clicks on the Internet, you can buy copies of pigments from abroad, perhaps made with heavy metals, mercury or anything else.”

Another big problem: the short notice given to ink manufacturers under this new law. With the release of the text in December 2020 and only 12 months to go into effect, SNAT fears there will be no alternative next January. According to Les Echos, most manufacturers in the United States work in new concentrations, but some compounds are “complex to adopt and even irreplaceable”. Suffice it to say that real-time testing has begun for tattoo experts.