How to Mix 25 Percent Shading Tattoo Ink

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How to Mix 25 Percent Shading Tattoo Ink
Mixing tattoo ink creates new shades not offered in an artist's ordinary palette. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Shading ink, also known as grey wash, is a diluted form of tattoo ink used to create a lighter, more delicate colour in a tattoo. Tattoo companies categorise their shading inks by percentages, indicating how much ink the mixture contains. A 25 per cent shading tattoo ink contains 25 per cent tattoo ink and 75 per cent of a diluent such as water or witch hazel. When mixing a shading ink, consistency between batches ensures the same colour throughout the entire tattoo.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • tattoo ink mixing caps
  • tattoo ink
  • diluent (witch hazel or purified water)

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  1. 1

    Line up six empty, sterile ink mixing cups on a flat, secure surface.

  2. 2

    Uncap the black tattoo ink and the water or witch hazel.

  3. 3

    Hold the tattoo ink bottle over the first cap and squeeze until a precise, controlled flow of ink leaves the bottle.

  4. 4

    Drop ink into the cups. For 25 per cent shading ink, fill the cap one-quarter full with ink.

  5. 5

    Add the diluent to the cups and fill completely. This creates a solution that is 25 per cent ink.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to create enough ink to finish the entire sitting in order to ensure a consistent shade.

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