ARE TATTOOS SAFE? INK TOXINS REMAIN IN HUMAN BODY FOR YEARS, STUDY SHOWS
Excerpt: Tattoo ink is made up of various organic and inorganic pigments, which can be tainted with toxic element impurities. Researchers from Germany and France wanted to know whether, and how, this material affects the body. To answer this question, they examined skin and lymph tissue of four tattooed and two non-tattooed human corpses. They found ink in both the skin and lymph nodes of two of the four tattooed patients. Those bodies also had elevated levels of aluminum, chromium, iron, nickel and copper. All four of the inked individuals had higher levels of titanium in the skin and nodes. Using a high-tech X-ray light, the researchers found lymph nodes tinted with the color of the tattoo.