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How Tattoo Ink Brands Stack up Against Each Other

Tattoo Inks: Differences in Type, Price, Color Selection, & Other Key AreasIn our new article Differences Between Tattoo Ink Brands, we talk about key factors to consider when choosing the best tattoo ink for you and your clients. We cover everything from where inks are made to what they're made of, whether they're stable pigment-based inks or pre-dispersed inks, price, color options, and which brands are considered innovators in the industry. We've compiled those details into the two convenient charts below to give you an at-a-glance view of our findings; they show the general differences between tattoo ink brands as well as a detailed price comparison.

Note: Our price comparisons were made primarily based on the price of a 1 oz. bottle from each brand, since that's the only size that all brands in this comparison consistently offer. All prices are based on the prices found in Painful Pleasures' Wholesale store, minus sales, bulk price breaks and other deals.

For additional information about each of the brands listed here, including their company histories and the key benefits their inks have to offer, please read over our Top Brands in the Golden Age of Tattoo Inks article. Or, for a quick glance at what the top brands have to offer, check out our Top Tattoo Ink Brands blog post.

 

Top Tattoo Ink Brand Qualities

Tattoo Ink Brand Country of
Manufacture
Vegan? Organic? Pre-Dispersed or
Stable Pigment?
Price Overall
(Low/Med/High)
Kuro Sumi Tattoo Ink Japan Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Low
Radiant Tattoo Ink United States No TBD Pre-Dispersed Medium-Low
Dynamic United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Medium-Low
Fantasia Tattoo Ink United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Medium
Starbrite Colors Tattoo Ink United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Medium
Formula 51 Tattoo Ink United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Medium
Mom's Ink by Millennium Colors United States Yes TBD Pre-Dispersed Medium
Alla Prima Ink United States Yes Yes Stable Pigment Medium-High
Eternal Ink United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Medium-High
Arcane Ink United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Medium-High
Bloodline/Skin Candy United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed Medium to High
Intenze Tattoo Ink United States Yes Yes Pre-Dispersed High
Sacred Colors Tattoo Ink Italy No TBD Pre-Dispersed High
Panthera Tattoo Ink Italy Yes TBD Pre-Dispersed High

 
 

Differences in Tattoo Ink Brand Prices

Tattoo Ink Brand 1/2 Oz. Bottle Price 1 Oz. Bottle Price 2 Oz. Bottle Price 4 Oz. Bottle Price 8 Oz. Bottle Price Outline & Shading Inks? Ink
Washes?
Sets Available? Notes
Kuro Sumi Tattoo Ink $4.50
(40 Colors)
$4.99
(44 Colors)
$13.99
(28 Colors)
$23.99
(30 Colors)
N/A Yes, 5 Options Yes, 3 Options Yes, 8 Options Special Bronze & Cherry Shading Sets Available
Radiant Tattoo Ink $4.00 (63 Colors) $7.00 (63 Colors) N/A N/A $16.99 (Black Only) Yes, 4 Options No No  
Dynamic Tattoo Ink N/A $7.49 (Black & White Only) N/A N/A $21.99 (Black & White Only) Yes, 2 Black, 2 White Options B&W Can Be Used to Create Washes Yes (2 Sets of 12 Colors Each)  
Fantasia Tattoo Ink N/A $7.50 (50 Colors) N/A N/A N/A Yes, 1 Black Lining Option Yes, 1 Option No  
Starbrite Colors Tattoo Ink $4.25 (40 Colors) $7.99 (40 Colors) $13.75 (40 Colors) $22.99 (40 Colors) N/A Yes, 1 Option in 4 Sizes No Yes (1)  
Formula 51 Tattoo Ink N/A $8.49 (48 Colors) N/A N/A N/A Yes (4 Shades in 2 Different Bottle Size Sets) Yes (See 2 Blackwash Sets in Outlining / Shading Column) Yes (9)  
Mom's Ink by Millennium Colors $4.49 (55 Colors) $8.49 (55 Colors) $9.99-
$13.99 (6 Colors)
$13.99-
$23.99 (6 Colors)
N/A Yes, 1 Lining Option Yes, 2 Options Yes (19) $26.99 for 1 oz. Bottle of Nuclear Invisible
Alla Prima Ink N/A $8.50 (49 Colors) $16.50 (58 Colors) $26.00 (57 Colors) N/A Yes, 1 Option in 3 Sizes Yes, 6 Options Yes (14) Sepia Washes Available
Eternal Ink N/A $8.50-
$9.00 (147 Colors)
$14.75-
$15.25 (154 Colors)
$26-
$26.50 (142 Colors)
$40.00 (Black & White Ink Only) Yes, 2 Options (Multiple  Sizes) Yes, 14 Options (Multiple Bottle Sizes) Yes (26)  
Arcane Tattoo Ink N/A $8.75 (35 Colors) N/A N/A $19.99 (Black Liner Only) Yes, 1 Black Lining Option No Yes (2)  
Bloodline/Skin Candy Tattoo Ink N/A $8.39-
$12.49 (132 Colors)
N/A $15.99-
$44.99 (6 Colors)
$15.99-
$17.99
Yes, 5 Options Yes, 4 Options Yes (7) $19.99 for a 1 oz. Bottle of Blacklight Invisible.  Blue & Lime Washes & Cherry Shading Options Available
Intenze Tattoo Ink $5.50
(53 Options)
$9.75-
$12.75 (181 Options)
$16.99-
$19.75 (128 Options)
$29.99-
$32.99 (152 Options)
N/A Yes, 3 Options Yes, 6 Options Yes (31)  
Sacred Colors Tattoo Ink N/A $9.99 (27 Colors) N/A N/A N/A Yes, 1 Option ($24.99 Each) Yes, 3 Options ($24.99 Each) No  
Panthera Tattoo Ink N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes, 2 Options ($18.89 Each for 5 oz. Bottles) Yes, 2 Options ($18.89 Each for 5 oz. Bottles) Yes (1) $35.99 Each for White 5 oz. Bottles


*The prices shown above reflect the regular Wholesale prices (excluding sales) for a single 1 oz. bottle of each type of tattoo ink, except where otherwise noted. Typically bulk discounts apply and further-reduced pricing is available for Distributors. For orders under $100, please shop Retail.