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    Tattooists concerned over EU ban on tattoo ink industry threat: report


    The recent EU ban on tattoo ink and permanent make-up threatens tattooists who believe the latest move will affect the industry. Tattooists further highlight that the industry is still suffering from the effects of Covid-19, which has directly affected the industry and will further affect the EU’s regenerative revival, according to a BBC report.

    Sebastian Makowski, a German tattoo artist, complained that the EU’s ban was like a partial ban. Makowski further told the BBC that it was difficult to achieve replacement ink which would further affect their business.

    The EU on Tuesday banned certain chemicals and substances such as azo dyes, carcinogenic aromatic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals and methanol. The European Commission has said that these chemicals pose a threat to health because they can cause allergies and serious health problems and even genetic mutations.

    “The protection of the public health of European citizens is our primary concern, and hazardous chemicals in tattoo ink may represent such concerns,” EU official Sonia Gospodinova told AFP. The European Chemical Agency (ECA) says that ink pigments have the ability to enter the body through the skin and can affect lymph nodes and the liver. It highlights that laser treatments used to remove tattoos can break down substances into smaller particles that can circulate inside the body.

    “Chemicals used in tattoo ink and permanent make-up can stay on the body for a lifetime, with the potential for long-term exposure to potentially harmful ingredients,” the ECA said. Tattooists, however, continue to challenge the EU’s guidelines, citing unregulated data. “I don’t see anyone having a serious allergy after getting a tattoo,” Belgian tattoo artist Filippo Di Caprio told the BBC. Dermatologists and researchers disagree, as German researcher Wolfgang Baumler told the German news agency DieJet that after conducting a survey of 3,400 people, he found that two-thirds of surveyors reacted immediately after tattooing.

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