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  • Interesting, this surly will provoke a move back to the more traditional ink sources as used in the pre-industial age and possibly futher back – early medievil age and futher still. I think I read somewhere that there are inks and dyes that are of natural composition that are actually far better than the modern chemical builds, but as far as I can see they aren’t commercially viable due to the exsessive costs involved in ‘farming’ them as well gaining shipping clearances. But I could be wrong.


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    My Boyfriends daughter is a tattooist?

    She say that the inks of natural competisions fade very fast, so you have to be re-inked faster, than with the colors they have used earlier.

    Maybe you can import ink from countries outside EU, but they Are very expencive

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    I did try looking in to it but got side tracked by dinner hahaha

    I’ll look at what the Maoi use, as I get a feeling it might be semi synthetic these days as I’ve never really seen a Maoi with faded or blurred tattoos, which is either they’re rich as hell to afford the constant reworking or they’ve had the full synthetic ink used. Either way this is an interesting subject as I’m currently looking to get my first tattoo and have wondered about the state of ink legislations here in the uk given now we’ve left the civilised world.

    Found some stuff on Wiki about the dye/ink used by the Maori:

    Historically the skin was carved by uhi (chisels), rather than punctured as in common contemporary tattooing; this left the skin with grooves rather than a smooth surface. Later needle tattooing was used, but, in 2007, it was reported that the uhi currently was being used by some artists.

    Originally tohunga-tā-moko (moko specialists) used a range of uhi (chisels) made from albatross bone which were hafted onto a handle, and struck with a mallet. The pigments were made from the awheto for the body colour, and ngarehu (burnt timbers) for the blacker face colour. The soot from burnt kauri gum was also mixed with fat to make pigment. The pigment was stored in ornate vessels named oko, which were often buried when not in use. The oko were handed on to successive generations. A kōrere (feeding funnel) is believed to have been used to feed men whose mouths had become swollen from receiving tā moko.

    Men and women were both tā moko specialists and would travel to perform their art.

    Still can’t find anything on the time frame for them though, might have to ask on Reddit and see what comes back.


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    Do you have tattoos, Mrs Rob ???

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