What Every Tattoo Artist Needs To Know About Counterfeit Tattoo Ink

What Every Tattoo Artist Needs To Know About Counterfeit Tattoo Ink

Aug 9th 2022

Any industry you can think of, from electronics and brand name apparel to food and even medication, has had to deal with counterfeit products at some point. It is estimated that there will be over $3 trillion in counterfeit and pirated goods on the market globally in 2022! With counterfeit products including tattoo ink, needles, and other equipment on the market today, the tattoo industry is no exception.

So how do you, the tattoo artist, ensure that the tattoo ink that you are purchasing is authentic and safe for your clients? That answer may vary from industry to industry and product to product; however, we can provide tips to teach you how to make sure that you only purchase authentic and safe Quantum Tattoo Inks. We will also let you know what we are doing to stop counterfeiters in their tracks and how you can help.

Why Using Authentic Tatto Ink Matters

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” or so said Oscar Wilde. However, in the case of counterfeit tattoo inks, this form of “flattery” isn’t just costly, it can also be outright dangerous. The team at Quantum Tattoo Inks goes through a painstaking process to develop tattoo inks that are safe, high-quality, and provide outstanding results. We use only the best vegan, cruelty-free, organic, and kosher ingredients to manufacture the tattoo ink in small batches. We also put our products through rigorous testing and approvals to ensure the highest level of safety. You can even find the Safety Data Sheet for every EU REACH Compliant color in a variety of languages.

Developing a superior product with high-quality ingredients and rigorous testing is very time-consuming and costly. Counterfeiters are unlikely to expend this kind of time, effort, and money. This puts the health and safety of anyone getting a tattoo with counterfeit products at risk. Without knowing the ingredients in these inks or how they were made, it is impossible to count all the potential problems that could arise, including allergic reaction, infection, or poor quality results, just to name a few. Furthermore, it also puts the artists who use counterfeit products in jeopardy of the client holding them responsible if something goes wrong, either financially or by tarnishing their good name.

Counterfeiters don’t just use the recognition of the Quantum name to make money from selling inferior products that do not have these same ingredients and do not meet the same standards, they also hide behind our name. When something goes wrong, our name is on the bottle, so these unscrupulous sellers won’t have to suffer the consequences. It will all fall on the shoulders of Quantum and the artists who use the counterfeit inks.

How To Make Sure You Are Buying Authentic Quantum Tattoo Inks

  How To Make Sure You Are Buying Authentic Quantum Tattoo Inks

While there can be a variety of similarities and differences between a counterfeit product and an authenti  c Quantum Tattoo Inks, these are the simplest ways to ensure that your tattoo ink is the real deal:

Always buy from an authorized source: 

Quantum Tattoo Inks are only sold through our websites, and, and through the listed on our websites. Any ink you purchase from other sources may not be authentic.

Check the label: 

Real Quantum Tattoo Inks will have a black label with the Quantum name in our signature yellow color and the name of the color in white text. We have two variations of labels. The label for our Quantum Original Tattoo Inks will include a larger silver logo at the top with a smaller pentagonal logo in white above the word Quantum. Our EU REACH Compliant Gold Label Tattoo Inks have the same configuration, but the large logo at the top of the label is gold (see the example). The words “Tattoo Ink” are not included with our logo. All of our information is clearly legible and crisp on the label with our lot numbers printed on the back.

The numbered information on the label shows our (1) warning, (2) ingredients, (3) the sterile mark and the cruelty-free mark, as well as a QR code leading to our website, (4) the Lot #, (5) the name of the color shown in white text, (6) the Best Before date, (7) the importer, and (8) “Mixture For Tattoos.”

Gold Label Tattoo Inks

The counterfeit example shows yellow text printed directly onto a clear bottle. There is no black label present. Because of this, the imprint is of poor quality and hard to read. The pentagonal logo is in yellow instead of white and the words “Tattoo Ink” appear below Quantum, unlike the authentic bottles. Additional information is imprinted directly on the bottle and not in the same format as our label.

Listen for the clink: 

Our tattoo inks are thick and highly pigmented, just like tattoo artists love them! Therefore, we include two glass marbles in all of our bottles to aid in mixing the ink when you shake it. There should always be a “clink” when you shake Quantum Tattoo Inks.

Know where they are made: 

Quantum Tattoo Inks makes our products exclusively in the USA. If you see a product claiming to be Quantum that was made anywhere else, it is not authentic.

Keep this checklist handy: 

These are some of the most common identifiers of a legitimate Quantum Ink:

What Quantum Plans To Do About Counterfeit Products

The main avenue through which counterfeiters are advertising fake tattoo ink is through social media channels. Because Quantum Tattoo Ink is trademarked, we have been successful in getting social media platforms to shut down the accounts of counterfeiters quickly. It usually takes us less than 24 hours. We have already shut down multiple social media accounts of counterfeit operations and will continue to do so every time we find one.

We are also prepared to take whatever actions we can to get counterfeit Quantum products off the market. Quantum will work to ensure that counterfeiters are exposed to the proper authorities in their jurisdiction. Additionally, we will take legal action against the counterfeiters to recover any financial losses we incur.

What You Can Do To Help 

Because of the quality and safety of authentic Quantum Tattoo Ink, we know we have a loyal customer base of talented tattoo artists with integrity. You aren't just some of the best tattoo artists in the world, you also likely trust Quantum because you have just as strong of a commitment to the safety of your tattoo clients as we do.

You are probably wondering, “Besides making sure I am buying authentic Quantum Tattoo Inks, is there anything I can do?” The answer is a resounding YES! If you see products on the market that claim to be Quantum Tattoo Inks that you are not quite sure about, look fake, or do not appear to meet our stringent standards, let us know by reaching out to with your concerns. Please include as much of the following information as possible:

  • A photo or screenshot of the product
  • A link to the product listing
  • The name of the seller, website, or social media accounts advertising it (Please include a link if possible.)
  • Any other information that you have about the suspected counterfeit

Any tattoo artist that alerts us to a counterfeiter that is not on our radar will receive a boxed set of Quantum Tattoo Inks as a thank you from us. Together we can combat counterfeit Quantum Tattoo Ink products.