How are prison tattoo inks made?

Although we don’t see a lot of prison tattoos here at What Were You Inking, this is a very commonly asked question asked by our clients removing their professionally done tattoo.    Most commonly prisoners will burn something in plastic to create soot.  The soot is then mixed together with shampoo or some other liquid substance and then injected into the skin with a homemade tattoo gun.  Tattooing is not allowed in prison and prisoners are subject to punishment for tattooing themselves or others.  These tattoos are the easiest type to get out and usually come out in only a few sessions because this is not ink designed to stay in the body for a lifetime unlike professional tattoo inks.

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