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Indian or henna tattoo ink comes from the mehendi shrub. The leaves of the plant are dried and mashed into a paste with water that has a reddish brown color. The dye eventually fades and washes off over time.


Henna is not the only ink used in Indian tattoo and body art. Indian tattoos can also be applied to the body with pastes made from turmeric instead of henna. Both these forms of body art are temporary.


Indian ink, or India ink, is the name given to black ink made from carbon soot, a solvent like water and a binder like shellac. The result is a dark, permanent ink that is also waterproof.


Tattoo inks, also referred to as pigments, are usually made from minerals and vegetable dyes. Black, red, brown, orange and yellow pigments contain a mixture of minerals and organic ingredients.


According to Mental Floss, tattooing over black ink with different colors is possible, and many people have done so to cover up unwanted or unfinished tattoos. White color is often used to cover up tattoos, but a number of darker colors are also used to cover black ink.


India ink is chemically safe for tattoos, but the process of creating a homemade tattoo can be dangerous. According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, no matter what type of ink is used, only licensed professionals should be permitted to do tattoos.


The key to producing your own tattoo ink at home is maintaining an aseptic workspace and keeping the ink mixture free of any bacteria and contaminants, from start to finish. The materials required to make your own ink are vodka, glycerine, propylene glycol, pigment, a b...