Blacklight Inks

We are pleased to announce that within this last year two of our artists, Jerry and Sean, personally have used and worked with UV ink, both putting it to the test before offering this to our customers!

Using the UV ink, they strategically placed it on each other, so to get maximum exposure to various weather and climate conditions. (sun, wind, heat and cold etc.) They also used the UV ink both over traditional tattoo ink, as well as traditional ink over the UV ink. In the conclusion the UV ink remained in tacked and vibrant under UV light!

With our personal testing and the fact that no adverse side effects or complications were noted, both Jerry and Sean are confidant and excited to offer this type of ink to our customers!!!

We offer more information on request! So, please call or come in and see us today if you have any questions about this great new style of ink!

Please note: These appointments are available during night time hours only, thus guaranteeing you proper placement of the UV ink!

We also offer more information about UV ink on our web page, information cited from “Chameleon Blacklight Ink” home web page. Captain Jack’s Tattoo and Body Piercing LLC shall not be held responsible for any inaccuracies or typographical errors.

This is information off of Chameleon's web site

Opening Letter About BMX1000 Black light Ink - Chameleon UV Tattoo Inks

In our Tattoo Studio, we have been asked many times if we did Black light or Glow-In-The-Dark tattoos. For years, the answer had been no, and is still NO on the Glow-In-The-Dark Inks.

NEWWEST Technologies contacted us, It was exciting news: they had developed a Black light Reactive Ink - and it was Tested and has been is safe. Well, as anyone would do, we set out to do our research on this new ink. Using first the information we received from NEWWEST Technologies, we researched scientific articles on bone repair, plastic surgery, orthodontics , body modification, and other medical uses of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). The PMMA is what makes this ink absolutely safe, and gives this ink its FDA Approval.

What makes this ink different from standard tattoo inks, not to mention safer, is a polymer microsphere delivery vehicle. These are microscopic beads that encases the dye molecules. The technical name of this synthetic polymer is Polymethylmethacrylate, or PMMA for short. PMMA was developed for use as a shatterproof replacement for glass. For over 30 years polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) has been used in orthopedic surgery to fix prosthetic components. PMMA has been used since the early 1930's in familiar procedures such as dental prostheses, bone repair, eye lenses, and orthopedics and in pacemakers, and since 1947, when the first hip prosthesis was introduced. More recently, PMMA has been used in treatment for erasing facial wrinkles and intraocular lens implants, used to replace natural or cataract lenses of the eye. Many scientific articles on bone repair have mention the chemical inertness and biocompatibility of PMMA. Those in the tattooing and piercing industry would recognize this material as the same one that goes under brand names of Lucite and others, which is often used in plugs and other body jewelry, which is well known for its biocompatibility.

These microspheres are 4-5 times the size of a red blood cell and are well tolerated by human tissue (no rejection). In simple terms, what makes this particular tattoo ink safer than others is how the ink is manufactured. The dye color is never in contact with the person. Think of the PMMA as a safe, permanent shell surrounding the colors. These ink-filled shells actually sit in between the skin cells, with complete biocompatibility. The PMMA shell holds the color inside, and can only be broken down if frozen solid (which would mean that the person had been frozen too).

The PMMA is completely hypoallergenic, unlike some of today's tattoo inks - even the ones created with all natural organic components.

We have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on this site, and one is shipped with every order of ink. You are more than welcome to review it. After speaking in length with NEWWEST Technologies, reviewing the MSDS sheets, FDA letters, and looking up the facts on the ingredients in this product (Polymethylmethacrylate 97.5% and microspheres of fluorescent dye 2.5% suspended in UV sterilized, distilled water with no preservatives or other additives), we were very satisfied that this new ink was as safe, if not safer, than the tattoo inks we use every day. We were so impressed with this remarkable (no tattoo pun intended) product, that after researching it, testing it, and using it on ourselves, we became the world's largest disruptor of Safe Black light Tattoo Inks!

There are profesional studios all over the world using Chameleon Black light Tattoo Inks, and the response has been fantastic! From television newscasts, newspapers, and tattoo conventions, Black light Tattoos are here to stay!

There has been some questions on the FDA related information, The Crazy Chameleon has on file a letter dated April 3, 1995 from the Division of Programs and Enforcement Policy, USFDA, and addressed the manufacturer of our ink, containing the following conclusion:

'Having reviewed the information supplied by you [our manufacturer of the ink] and your supplier ... FDA would have no objection to the use of your photonic dye marking [tattooing] system...'

Furthermore, our manufacturer is in the process of updating their FDA record status relating to this product. They are also seeking from said agency an additional notification that is void of any confidential or proprietary information or data and thus appropriate for release to the general public. This is a long process, and we will keep you updated.

To the best of our knowledge, the United States Food and Drug Administration today approve none of the tattoo inks currently on the market for tattooing humans.

How Well Does It Work

An experienced Tattoo Artist must do a UV Tattoo. The inks do not "blend" together like normal tattoo inks, and they MUST be done under/in the presence of a UV Black light especially the White ink, which is virtually invisible on light skin tones in normal light. Most of the UV inks are not as "bright" as the normal tattoo inks we have today. If your looking for both a bright and colorful tattoo that is also intense under Black lights, we recommend getting the bright tattoo colors first and letting it heal completely (UV ink and regular tattoo inks do not mix). Then, highlight, or accent the tattoo with the UV inks. The results are stunning!

Cost Of A UV Tattoo

Do expect to pay a bit more for them. Mainly, there are two reasons for this increase. 1) UV ink is much more expensive than standard tattoo ink. They usually require more time to do than a regular tattoo. It's been our experience that since the ink is thinner, it can be more difficult to work with and constant checking with a black light can make tattooing time runs longer.