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i2 The julian News October 5, 2011 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: I'm interested in getting a new tattoo, but recently found out that red tattoo ink contains mercury. Is this true of other tattoo inks as well? Are there any eco-friendly alternatives? -- John P., Racine, WA It is true that some red inks used for permanent tattoos contain mercury, while other reds may contain different heavy metals like cadmium or iron oxide. These metals--which give the tattoo its "permanence" in skin--have been known to cause allergic reactions, eczema and scarring and can also cause As a result of a 2007 lawsuit brought by the American Environmental Safety Institute, two leading tattoo ink makers must now place warnings on their product containers, catalogs and websites to say that the "inks contain many heavy metals, including lead, arsenic and others" and that the ingredients woman herself] whose immune system is down regulated and is much more vulnerable to these types of infection," reports dermatologist Audrey Kunin, who runs the popular Dermadoctor website. Dr. Kunin advises to be careful about choosing a tattoo parlor: "Make sure the place is reputable, perhaps check with the health department to see "it there have been past claims against the parlor in question if you still have doubts." She adds that since tattoos are essentially open wounds, they must be cared for properly, especially in the first few weeks, to stave off infection. Those who want go ahead with getting a tattoo anyway despite the risks should consider steering clear of colors derived from heavy metals. Dr. Kunin reports that black might be the safest permanent tattoo ink; it is often derived from a substance called carbon black and rarely causes any kind of sensitivity issues. If your heart is set on red in your tattoo, ask around to see if any tattoo parlors in your area are willing to work with non- St. Elizabeth's Church in Julian invites you to the 16th Annual OBERFEST e 8 9th, 201 Saturday & Sunday Octob r th & 1 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music & Dancingll Great Foodll Julian Apple PieslI In F rki on Mab Street For more Iwbrm o. can fSt8 \A/in "dS sensitivity to mercury from other have been linked to cancer and birth defects. sources like dental fillings or photo suppliedbyHemeraCollection, Thinkstock consuming some fish. While that "inks contain many heavy of walking around with heavy p re red causes the most problems, metals, including lead, arsenic metals injected into your body's most other 'colors of standard and others" and that the largest organ (the skin), getting metallic organic pigments that Low Profile- 30fttall tattoo ink are also derived from ingredients have been linked to a tattoo in and of itself can b6 lend a red color such as carmine, 20 db at 40 ft heavy metals (including lead, cancerand birth defects, risky ,business If the tattoo scarlet lake, sandalwood or Rated1.2 Kw t l FL.4) antimony, beryllium, chromium, Ofcourse, exposure to mercury parlors needles and equipment brazilwood. 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