Pigments Organic vs Inorganic
In our PMU profession pigments, color and shades is a topic of regular conversation. I thought I would shed some light on this deep topic.
Organic: Not the pear from Whole Foods
There seems to be a trend in Organic so let clarify what that means. Organic in the term of pigment does not imply natural or chemical free. It is a term used to describe pigments that contain carbon based molecules. It does not mean that it is like purchasing an “organic” pear at whole foods, it does mean that the pigment is created from carbon based dyes precipitated by metallic salts and are called Lakes. Lake pigments are created by mixing dye with an insoluble substrate that causes it to be insoluble in water.
The funny thing is that this organic pigments is mixed with synthetic petroleum based products.
Organic proponents may be confusing the organic rating of food products with pigments and they are entirely different arenas all together.
Inorganic: Inert like my teenage daughter.
Inorganic pigments come from metal oxides that come from our mother earth as well. Iron Oxide being the one we read about the most.
Inorganic pigments tend to hold longer stability and reliability but a bit more dull. Iron oxides are inert meaning they have no reactively at all. Much like my teenage daughter when I ask her how her day was, she is pretty much inert. No reaction. Ah the life of teens.
So bottom line is as a PMU artist or tattoo artist you have many pigments to choose from. Best recommendations is to stick with solid brands with years of manufacturing and reliability.