European Unions ban on tattoo ink breaking down the chemistry video


20 Oct 2023

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2023 — A ban by the European Union on a number of pigments used in tattoo inks has sparked a conversation around their composition and safety. In this video, we dive into the science of these inks, explore the new ban and investigate how new pigments from the research world might expand the possibilities of tattoos from art to medical devices.


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