According to the European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC), 12% of Europeans and as many as 24% of Americans have tattoos. Which makes this next fact all the more alarming: a lack of research and spotty regulation of tattoo inks means those tattoos could contain a whole host of harmful compounds. For example, many pigments in tattoo inks are sourced from the textile, plastic, or automotive industry.
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Key Facts In This Video
The bright colors in tattoo inks are created from compounds of heavy metals. 00:32
Tattoos fade with age because some of the ink is attacked by white blood cells. 04:15
During tattoo removal, a laser quickly heats up one side of an ink particle, causing internal stress that rips the particle apart. 06:02
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