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Diluting Tattoo Ink with Thayer Witch Hazel for Shading Around and Behind Grey and Black Tattoos- How to Make Tattoo Ink

Updated on November 18, 2016

Diluting tattoo ink with witch hazel for shading grey and black tattoos is one method that is used by artists in this area to produce a clean solution. However this is not a completely effective method for diluting pigments.

Witch Hazel- Sometimes Used to Dilute Tattoo Pigments


Some tattoo artists choose to dilute their ink with distilled water before using it, however this also carries risks.

There is the possibility that an infection may be caused by water that is used to dilute tattoo ink. People who develop these infections display a bubbly rash on the skin under the artwork that is done with such pigments.

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Mixing Tones of Grey from Pigments

Mixing tones of grey wash from your pigments with water should only be done if the water is completely sterile. This is just as important as sterilizing instruments and wearing disposable gloves. If you want to lighten dark ink to produce beautiful urban art, you may use sterilized water, not distilled water.

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Witch hazel does not kill the bacteria that cause the bubbly rash. However it does help to keep the ink consistent and smooth for the tattoos that you are doing so you don’t end up with patchy areas in medium and light tones.

Diluting Tattoo Ink

In order to produce beautiful grey and black tattoos you will combine artistry and mastery of the machines that you use. While shading in a tattoo can be difficult, the guide below provides insider knowledge that helps you master it.

You will learn how to make shadows where they would be in a photograph. This is a completely different skill from coloring in a tattoo.

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How Infected Body Piercings Aren’t as Bad as You Think: Treating Swollen Piercings and Tattoos

An infected body piercing or tattoo can be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics for piercings have increased in usage as various types of body modification have become more popular. Body modification practices include piercings, tattoos and other means.

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Why do People do Body Modification?

Some are considered more drastic that others but all have in common the fact that the changes, or modifications, are meant to last a lifetime. Body modification practices are usually done for aesthetic reasons and sometimes, for sexual enhancement.

Samoan Tattoos

Certain Parts of the Body Take Longer to Heal

Antibiotics for piercings are sometimes prescribed for individuals who have an infected body piercing after having had navel piercings or other types of piercings done. Nipple and tongue piercings and those done in the genital region take longer to heal than ear piercings.

These areas are more prone to infection, due to the long time required for healing. Complications that can develop consist of foreign body rejection, local and systemic infection, swelling, and damage to the dentition, when jewelry is worn inside the buccal cavity.

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Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

An infected body piercing in any of these areas can be taken care of with fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The quinolines are broad spectrum antibiotics and act against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria. They can kill both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics include tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin and streptomycin. Fluoroquinoline antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin which are used as antibiotics for piercings have several side effects.

Eyebrow Piercing

Use Antibiotics Exactly as Prescribed

If your doctor prescribes these antibiotics for you, in order to treat an infected piercing, be sure to follow their instructions for the correct use of the drug. If you experience pain, burning or tingling after beginning a course of antibiotics, inform your doctor immediately.

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      6 years ago

      Different strokes for different folks. Thanks DDE!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and something I would not take a chance on though you did make beautiful hub from this lot of information. Voted up, useful interesting and beautiful.


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