February 6, 2023

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Are Color Tattoos Dangerous to Your Health? Why Europe bans the use of multiple inks from 2022

The European Union has decided to ban multi-colored green inks. The first part is 2022, the other is 2023. The unions of French tattoo artists are protesting against this move, which they consider incomprehensible.

The move had the effect of a bomb in the world of tattooing. In a few months, precisely from January 4, 2022, the use of multi-colored green inks will be banned in France. It was therefore decided by the European Union that it would drastically reduce the approved range of hundreds of products in inks, creating 25 pigments used by tattooists other than European nails. Red, orange, yellow and many other derived colors (pink, flesh …) are concerned.

Worse, on January 4, 2023, blue 15: 3 and green 7 pigments, which are naturally used for blue and green, will in turn be banned. This represents a 40% lower color range for tattooers from 2022, and will be reduced to “at least 60%” by 2023 if European law is there. “There will be nothing but black, gray and white, which will be recognized,” realizes Philip Dallas, a tattoo artist in Toulouse.

Toxic substances?

Questionable, according to the European Chemical Institute (Echa, for the European Chemical Institute), the presence of toxic substances in the mixture of inks. According to the agency, these products can “cause cancer or genetic changes”, especially “ink pigments can migrate from the skin to various organs such as the lymph and liver”.

For tattoo artists, feet are hard to buy. “My personal case is separate, because I did not use colored inks, but I take no risk in saying that I saw this decision as an overall injustice,” said Tattoo Tattoo, a member of the National Association of Tattoo Artists (SNOT), because this decision “does not provide any scientific evidence for potential risks to health.” The feeling of being “taken without presentation” is well anchored among professionals.

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Fears for the sector

“The fact of tattooing has not appeared since yesterday, it comes to mind. If it’s dangerous, we know it. Has been working on his own in Aucamville since 2008. Inks have also developed in a good way, on a massive scale.”

So with this new move, the 42-year-old tattoo artist is afraid that we will back down. “We’re going to stop those who work well from doing that, and customers are going to turn to unofficial tattoo artists who can buy any kind of ink, and even worse.”

Snot therefore launched a petition on the European Parliament’s website, saying that “significant adverse effects on the economic competitiveness of European tattoo artists and pigment artists compared to those providing these services outside the EU” would “affect the existence of this sector”. According to Feel, at least half of French tattoo artists will be affected.

“It was a little exaggerated,” estimates dermatologist Isabel Rousseau

Isabel Rousseau, a board member of the French Dermatology Union, did not hide a particular distrust as the European Union decided to ban a wide range of pigments in green inks. “It’s a little extended,” he says briefly before describing: “There is no scientific evidence to justify such an action. We know that after 30 years there is a clear possibility of bladder cancer. Green for certain colors

According to her, we are really facing a precautionary policy that is not “justified”. “We want to do better than the best, but we’re putting more and more tattoo artists at risk. If we really have to do something, it’s better to control the size of the body ink.”

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