And it takes the guesswork out of tattooing. To push their work forward, artists need an ink that never fades, and that’s what we aim to create.
Each bottle of Intenze Ink contains the science and soul of tattoo. And that’s not just fancy marketing speak. We always have been, and always will be, artists. It’s the lens we see our work through. As artists, we set out to create a product that made us better. And as artists, we took a long look at where tattoo started as well as where it’s headed. From the original homemade ink Mario Barth created in his kitchen and tested on himself to the advanced formulas we make in our Clean Room today (which Mario still tests on himself), we understand that the same principles that worked for the artists that came first still hold true today.
Capturing that legacy, however, is only half of the story. Advancements in science and technology mean we can make an ink that actually performs better—under any condition and on any skin.
Science, plus soul. It isn’t a new formula. Tattoo artists have been finding new ways to push their craft from the start. But today, tattoo ink—for the most part—has become little more than a supply, something that artists merely use during the process. It’s mass produced, under-analyzed, and overlooked. It often contains harmful metals, and it’s diluted. We’re out to change all that.
The way we see it, ink is connected to potential. Always has been. Always will be. And the higher the quality of ink, the higher quality tattoos we can help artists (and ourselves) create. Sound too lofty? Absolutely. But achieving the unimaginable is why we come to work every day. Anything else is just white noise.
Artists should know what goes into their ink. The same goes for customers. Both deserve to work with, and use, a product that creates the best tattoos in the safest formulations possible.
That’s why we pour years of research, meticulous testing, and the latest technology into every bottle of Intenze ink. The result is a better, safer ink that lets artists and customers end up with tattoos they’re both proud of.
We see what we do as part art, part science. Finding and creating the best pigments takes both. It means we spend as much time in the laboratory as we do in the studio—researching, testing, and refining our pigments so they meet our standards and exceed your expectations.
There’s only one way to make sure our ink goes in easy and heals bright. Our litmus for excellence starts with testing it on ourselves.
A safer ink is good for you, the industry, and your customers. Every bottle we make is tested and verified by third-party labs according to higher industry standards and manufactured in a Clean Room.
We designed each of our bottles with a responsive material that lets you pour more accurately.
Unlike most manufacturers, we make our ink with vegan ingredients. And because it’s made for humans, it’s only tested on humans. It’s a humane approach, and it’s the right one to take.
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.
Over the last few years, there’s been an upswing in counterfeit ink. It’s cheap to produce and cheap to buy. Counterfeit ink can lead to a variety of skin issues—scarring, infections, blisters, and chemical burns just to name a few.