Do tattoos hurt?

Tattoo shops are popping up like mushrooms. The number has doubled in the past seven years, according to data from the Chamber of Commerce. It is estimated that one in five Dutch people now go around with a tattoo. But how safe is such an ink drawing on your skin? In recent years, many substances in tattoo inks have been banned and from January 2023 Pigment Blue 15: 3 and Pigment Green 7 will no longer be allowed in Europe. According to European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), these pigments and other components of tattoo ink are often not safe enough to inject into the skin.

In addition to the pigment, tattoo ink also contains all kinds of auxiliary substances.