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Japanese Tattoo Ink - Wash painting developed in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Wang Wei is generally credited as the painter who applied color to existing ink and wash paintings. The art was further developed into a more polished style during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It was introduced to Korea shortly after China's discovery of the ink. Then, the Korean missionaries in Japan, in helping the Japanese establish a civilized settlement introduced it to Japan in the mid-14th century. In wash paintings, as in calligraphy, artists usually grind their own ink stick (Japanese: sumi) over an ink stone to obtain ink, but prepared inks are also available. Most ink sticks are made of either pine soot or oil soot combined with animal glue (Japanese: nikawa). An artist puts a few drops of water on an ink stone and grinds the ink stick in a circular motion until a smooth, black ink of the desired concentration is made. Prepared inks are usually of much lower quality. Sumi themselves are sometimes ornately decorated with landscapes or flowers in bas-relief and some are highlighted with gold.
Wash painting brushes are similar to the brushes used for calligraphy and are traditionally made from bamboo with goat, ox, horse, sheep, rabbit, marten, badger, deer, boar or wolf hair. The brush hairs are tapered to a fine point, a feature vital to the style of wash paintings.
Different brushes have different qualities. A small wolf-hair brush that is tapered to a fine point can deliver an even thin line of ink (much like a pen). A large wool brush (one variation called the big cloud) can hold a large volume of water and ink. When the big cloud brush rains down upon the paper, it delivers a graded swath of ink encompassing myriad shades of gray to black.
We used this historical aspects to create the best tattoo pigments to achieve those effects on skin.
If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your order, you have 30 days to either exchange or return the items for a full refund. We pride ourselves in the relative ease of our return process but have a few small requirements.
In order to receive a full refund, ink bottles cannot be opened or tampered with. It is the buyer’s responsibility to cover return shipping expenses unless the reason for return is our fault. Returns generally take 3-5 business days to process after receiving the product.
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Sometimes tattoo ink can cause an allergic reaction. INTENZE ink uses a formula that eliminates known hazardous ingredients that are commonly found in other inks, but because we can’t test on everyone’s skin (only our own), there will always be a risk. We recommend before tattooing a client to conduct a standard skin patch test on the client at least one month before they will be tattooed. If a client’s skin reacts negatively, it will usually be instant, but in some cases it can take weeks — at least one month will tell you everything you need to know. You can find more general information on skin patch tests and how to do them on the web.
All INTENZE inks are designed to be used for artistic purposes only. We do not recommend using our inks as permanent makeup.
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