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INTENZE Japaneze Tattoo Ink – Black Sumi (this is great for lining and general black ) 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.
Suluape Black Samoan Tribal Tatau Ink / Tattoo Ink The black tatau ink that passed the test of time. INTENZE teamed up with the Suluape Tatau family of Samoa to create a tattoo ink so perfect for tribal tattoos that you’d think it was crafted by the Samoan’s themselves. Now you can also trust that the ink is safe and reliable as well as beautifully dark and easy to use. Suluape Black tattoo ink comes in a 12 oz bottle and is intended to give you the maximum richness AND detail that you’ve come to expect from INTENZE Tattoo Inks. Quote from Petelo Suluape: “I’ve been tattooing since I was a young man, using traditional inks. Now, so many years later, I can honestly say that Suluape Black is the best black for traditional or general tattooing that I have ever used. It is a sacred thing to attach my family’s name to a tool used in tatau, and it is an honor to have worked with INTENZE to make Suluape Black a reality.”- Petelo Suluape Quote from Peter Suluape: “I was very fortunate to work closely with Mario and the team at INTENZE to create the perfect ink for tatau (traditional Samoan tattoo) and contemporary tribal tattoos…and this is it…I am very happy and extremely proud for Suluape Black to be a part of the INTENZE family… I have been tattooing for more than ten years, with our traditional formula. Tattoo ink has come a long way over time, and now, combining the old world with the new, Suluape Black by INTENZE is by far THE best ink in the industry for both traditional and modern tribal tattoos. Its quality is unsurpassed! Suluape Black by INTENZE gives my work a unique radiance and because it’s INTENZE, I know that my clients are completely safe. “- Peter Suluape Available colors: (Black)