“Intenze 19 Color Ink Kit: A Good Intro or Starter Set of Tattoo Inks”
Written: Jan 7, 2010 by Freak369 on eopinions.com
If you don’t want a long review about Intenze Tattoo Ink, here is the deal. The 19 color kit offers you a good selection of mixables and the price you get from most stores or distributors. Intenze comes in 10, 19, 25 and 54 color sets so this is one of the smaller sets but you do get some nice colors to work with. All bottles are factory sealed, have allergic reaction warnings and come with screw tops. The average price for the one ounce sized, 19 color kit is in the $125.00 range however you can also get the bottles in half ounce, two ounce and four ounce sizes. There are some Intenze colors that I love, others miss the mark a little. Every artist has his or her own likes and dislikes but this is a solid kit for beginners or shop owners that want to have a basic kit around for day to day flash art designs.
And now for the details for those interested. Intenze Tattoo Ink is a popular pick for tattoo artists but unless you are in the field there’s probably no chance that you will ever have a use for this. It is a sterile product out of the bottle so you do need to treat it as a sterile item; that means never touching the tip to anything or allowing anyone else to touch it. If you are mixing colors you need to use an ink cup to do so and gloves are always strongly suggested to prevent any type of contamination. I have met a lot of tattoo hacks that just don’t take preventative measures when it comes to their safety as well as the safety of the person in the chair. Taking the extra 15 seconds to “glove up” can save you a hell of a lot of hassle, medical expenses and possible lawsuits. But that is straying into a completely different area of tattooing.
The colors included in this set are opaque white, white mixer, black, basic yellow, canary yellow, basic orange, pumpkin orange, basic red, blood red / sanguine, basic magenta and light magenta, basic and dark purple, basic blue, pale blue, basic green, forest green, basic brown and tan. The colors I use most are the dark purple, blood red, pumpkin orange and white mixer [to lighten]. The colors that are used the least and most often get thrown out when a new kit is purchased are basic yellow and basic blue. Everyone has their own personal preference when using certain colors and these select few seem to be at the bottom of everyone’s list when picking colors to work with. That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with them but there are others from other companies that are more popular.
The most common size bottle is the one ounce but I prefer to work with the smaller ones; from a cost standpoint your best bet is getting the two ounce bottles because you are getting twice as much as the one ounce bottles and saving money. Almost all of the Intenze Inks come in half ounce, one ounce, two ounce and four ounce bottles. If you are not a major player in pushing ink you will have to buy from a distributor or reseller but you do have to be careful because most stores, sellers and companies won’t accept refunds on inks or ink sets for health reasons once the outer pack has been opened. That’s not carved in stone but you do have to read the fine print before ordering.
Do I like Intenze Ink? Yes and no. I have my favorites from other companies but the 19 color set has enough variety to it that you can do some amazing things with them. I get the 19 count box once a year and anything that is left over from the previous pack is thrown away. I use a permanent marker to write the purchase date on the bottom of the bottle so I know exactly which batch it is from so there is no confusion. I provide almost all of the ink for the shop but if someone else has a personal favorite they are more than welcome to use their own but I am extremely strict about them signing a waiver stating that they are using their own inks and I will not be responsible for any of their screw ups.
I would recommend this kit to anyone that is getting in to tattooing or has tattoo experience but doesn’t want to sink the extra money in to a larger set. If you know your color mixes then you shouldn’t have any problems creating a plethora of hues with this set. The larger ones do offer you more variety but I have to be honest – if you know your blends you can make pretty much anything with this set. The larger sets of 25 and 54 colors means a little less work for you but if you are doing a large piece and want a lot of depth to it, you are still going to have to do color breaks and shading so mixing will still be necessary.
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