Tattoo inks are the most essential component in tattooing, but with such a wide variety of brands and colours to choose from, just which ink is the best?

We’re going to run through the best tattoo inks that are available to order from Killer Ink Tattoo in 2024 to help find the perfect hues for you!

What are the Best Tattoo Inks in 2024?

When it comes down to finding the ideal tattoo ink, it all comes down to your specific tattooing style, how you work and your overall preferences.

While most tattoo ink manufacturers offer both black and colour inks, some brands specialise in one or the other, so it’s helpful to know which are which if you specialise in styles such as blackwork or colour realism.

If you need more information regarding our huge line-up of tattoo inks, make sure to contact us today and our team will help find the best inks for you!

World Famous Ink

Used and loved by tattoo artists everywhere, World Famous Ink brings you premium quality tattoo ink with super high pigment content and an amazing flow rate.

With a great palette of colours for all of your amazing artwork, this ink will make your job as an artist much easier, and make your body art really pop!

Made in the USA, all colours from World Famous Ink are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. They are also sterilised with gamma radiation, so they’re like the Incredible Hulk, but cooler!

We stock a huge range of individual World Famous Ink colours, as well as a variety of complete ink sets from its Pro Team. Make sure to check out the sets from our sponsored artists Sandra Daukshta, Jenna Kerr, Debora Cherrys, Thomas Carli-Jarlier, Ryan Smith, and Damian Gorski!

With such a wide line-up of tattoo inks to choose from, you can be sure that there is a World Famous Ink colour or two that is perfect for you!

World Famous Limitless

World Famous Limitless is the newest tattoo ink range from the renowned US manufacturer that complies with the latest Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations in the EU.

As World Famous Ink is a global manufacturer, the new EU REACH regulations provided an opportunity for the brand to create a new tattoo ink line that not only meets, but exceeds regulatory standards, resulting in an updated, world market-compliant product.

Introducing Limitless, the new EU REACH-compliant tattoo ink range from World Famous Ink that has been created by artists for artists. The World Famous Limitless line-up contains durable, versatile tattoo inks with research-driven formulations that fly into the skin with ease.

As with the original World Famous Ink colours, all Limitless tattoo inks are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and made in the USA.

Kuro Sumi

Originally formulated in Japan and now made in the USA, Kuro Sumi is one of the most popular tattoo inks on the market today among artists, particularly those who specialise in black and grey work.

Kuro Sumi tattoo ink is made from the highest quality ingredients, with formulas incorporating organic elements. Each and every tattoo ink from Kuro Sumi is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

Killer Ink stocks a range of outlining and shading tattoo inks from Kuro Sumi, including various black inks and grey washes, available to order as individual bottles or complete sets.

Many of our world-class sponsored artists and good friends use tattoo inks from Kuro Sumi, including Sudanim, Zhang Po, and Alex Lloyd (as used in his fine line illustration tutorial below).

Kuro Sumi Imperial

Kuro Sumi began 2022 with the introduction of its new EU REACH-compliant tattoo ink range, Imperial, and went from strength to strength ever since!

Originally formulated in Japan, Kuro Sumi Imperial is fully-compliant with the latest EU REACH regulations, ensuring only the best raw materials and manufacturing processes were used in the creation of this tattoo ink range.

The result of Kuro Sumi's efforts is a flawless, vibrant tattoo ink that is perfect for a variety of styles and goes into the skin quick and easy.

Dynamic Color Company

Dynamic Color Company has been specialising in high-quality tattoo ink since 1990 and is best known for the quality of its flagship product, Dynamic Black Ink.

Used by professional tattoo artists for many years, Dynamic Black Ink is easy to use and will keep its deep black colour even after healing, with no blue or purple tint. This particular black tattoo ink from Dynamic Color Co. has been frequently named as one of the most effective black inks for lining and tribal designs.

Dynamic Color Co. followed its iconic black ink with Triple Black, a pre-dispersed colour that will create a bold, solid shade of black. Even more concentrated that the standard Dynamic Black Ink, Triple Black contains a higher pigment load, which results in a bolder and darker black – although it remains easily workable.

Countless blackwork and black and grey artists worldwide are using Dynamic Color Co.’s tattoo inks in their work, such as our sponsored tattooists Luke Sayer, Simon Mora, Duncan Whitfield, and El Carnicero.

Dynamic's popular Black, Triple Black, White and Heavy White tattoo inks are now available in smaller 30 ml bottles, so grab some today and try them out for yourself!

Following the introduction of the EU REACH regulations, Dynamic sprung into action to create a line-up of black tattoo inks that would be available to European artists without comprising on quality, and the brand has done just that. Dynamic Union Black is a new twist on an old classic: an ultra rich and smooth black tattoo ink with the same consistency and high quality as Dynamic's original black ink. Dynamic Color Co. also partnered with world-renowned tattoo artist Joaquin Ganga to bring you its first artist collaborative ink, Dynamic Ganga Black - perfect for all types of black and grey work that when used as wash will produce smooth gradients that are custom-tailored to Ganga's hyper-realism style.

Intenze Ink

Developed by the legendary artist Mario Barth and manufactured in the USA, Intenze Ink is the producer of some of the best tattoo inks around.

Intenze Ink is used by many of the world’s finest and most well-known tattooists, including Steve Butcher, Alex De Pase, Bob Tyrrell, Randy Engelhard, and Chris 51, who each have their own ink set.

All tattoo inks from Intenze are manufactured in an ISO 9001:2015-certified facility and are sterilised through a gamma radiation process. Each and very colour in the Intenze Ink range is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

Killer Ink stocks a huge range of Intenze Ink colours, from basic and pastel hues to earth tones, essential silvers to Japanese sumi, and grey washes to a colour lining series. Whatever you’re looking for, Intenze has got it ready!

But don’t just take our word for it, as many of our good friends and sponsored artists are using Intenze Ink for their incredible work, such as David Giersch, Igor Mitrenga, and Dongkyu Lee – aka Q Tattoo.

Following the introduction of the EU REACH regulations, the team behind Intenze Ink took it up themselves to create a fully-compliant product of a high standard. The result was Intenze Ink Gen-Z, a wide and colourful range of high-quality, REACH-compliant tattoo ink that are ideal for a variety of styles and techniques for European artists and beyond.

Allegory Ink

Allegory Ink is a US-based manufacturer of high-quality tattoo ink that has burst onto the scene in recent years. Owned and ran by tattoo artists, the team at Allegory have gone back to basics to create a range of smooth, consistent lining and shading inks that are completely vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

All tattoo ink from Allegory come in heat-sealed bottles with twist-dispensing tops for an easy pour, while a glass marble agitator within helps with effective pigment mixing every time.

Allegory's line-up of tattoo ink comprises BLAK, ULTRA BLAK and WHITE. BLAK is a rich black tattoo ink that is suitable for all lining and shading needs, while ULTRA BLAK from Allegory is a super concentrated black tattoo ink for lining and shading, as well as intense saturation and blackout work. WHITE is a strong white tattoo ink that's great for lightening the other inks or for creating highlights in your work.

Fusion Ink

Fusion Ink is regarded as one of the brightest and best tattoo inks on the market today and was born as the result of a collaboration between Adam Everett and Next Generation Tattoo machines.

Adam has been producing pigments since 1995, so it comes as no surprise that his tattoo inks are thick with a high pigment load and contain no fillers! All Fusion Ink colours feature organic pigments and are completely vegan-friendly.

Whether you’re shopping for individual or complete sets of Fusion Ink, Killer Ink Tattoo has got you covered! We stock a huge range of Fusion Ink, from standard colours to pastels, grey washes to opaque greys, muted hues to flesh tones, and more!

We also offer various ink sets from Fusion Ink signature artists, including collections from the likes of Ben Kaye, Evan Olin, Nikko Hurtado, and Shige.

Fusion Ink is a hugely popular tattoo ink brand across the world and is used by many top tattooists, including Killer Ink sponsored artists David Corden, Kalie Art, Kirsten Pettitt, and Michael Taguet.

Eternal Ink

Developed by tattoo artist Terry Welker from Michigan, USA with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Eternal Ink has now become one of the best and most popular tattoo ink producers in the world.

Many of the best tattoo artists around the globe are using Eternal Ink colours to this day, including our own sponsored artists Khan Tattoo, Caterina Molin, and Matt Daniels (Stickypop).

Eternal Ink colours are renowned for how easily workable they are into the skin and for just how bright they heal. Eternal’s line-up includes a whole spectrum of bright, eye-popping colour tattoo inks, as well as blacks, whites, and grey washes.

Killer Ink offers a massive range of vibrant Eternal Ink colours, including signature sets from its sponsored artists. World-renowned tattooists like Rich Pineda, Liz Cook, Jess Yen, Myke Chambers, Levgen, Mike DeVries, and Kelly Doty have their own Eternal Ink signature series.

We also stock zombie colours, muted earth tones, and portrait colours from Eternal Ink, so make sure to browse our online shop and you’ll be sure to find tattoo inks that are perfect for your work!

On our Killer Ink online store, you can also find Eternal Ink's EU REACH-compliant range of tattoo ink, comprising various black and white inks, as well as a variety of grey washes. Eternal Ink collaborated with black and grey realism specialist Marshall Bennett for his signature grey wash set, with the US brand also offering a Gray Wash set and Neutral Gray set to boot.

Panthera Ink

Manufactured in Italy, Panthera Ink is one of the most popular tattoo inks among artists who specialise in black and grey work, thanks to its excellent tattoo inks at exceptional prices!

Panthera Ink’s XXX Tribal Black is a super dark black ink that is suitable for all work that requires opaque filling, such as tribal tattoos. Once healed, it will stay as black as the day you put it in the skin!

We stock Liner black ink from Panthera that has the ideal consistency for outlining, as well as the Sumy Shader, which is available in Light or Dark and is great for shading. Our online shop also offers Polar White, which will produce a bright and bold white when healed and has extra durability from fading in the sun.

Over the years, Panthera Ink has collaborated with master tattoo artists Ralf Nonnweiler and Matteo Pasqualin on some must-have inks and sets.

The Smooth tattoo ink set from world-renowned tattooist Ralf Nonnweiler contains two tattoo inks: one for ‘Blending’ and the other for the ‘Finish’, which are both the final steps from the light Sumy Shader. Panthera and Ralf collaborated again on the manufacturer’s darkest black ever, Gloom Black: a long-lasting, deep black ink that is easy to tattoo into the skin and stays bright after healing. Particularly suited for saturating backgrounds and solid black filling.

Panthera Ink’s collaboration with Italian realism artist Matteo Pasqualin resulted in the Black Shading Collection, which features seven special black tattoo inks, one bright white ink, and an illustrated manual from the artist himself.

REACH regulations allowed Panthera to update some of its most popular inks, including the Ralf Nonnweiler Smooth Set and various individual black lining, light and dark shading, and tribal inks. Panthera Ink also released a new generation black tattoo ink named Black Gold: an adaptable black that is perfect for lining, shading and filling and contains no isopropyl alcohol or carcinogens, making it preservative-free.

Carbon Black Tattoo Ink

Carbon Black Tattoo Ink creates high-quality black and grey inks that are fully compliant with the latest EU REACH regulations. Each and every tattoo ink from Carbon Black has been created via high-tech processing procedures with top quality ingredients for maximum lightfastness and pigment stability in the skin.

Last year, Carbon Black updated and streamlined its REACH-compliant range, with the line-up now comprising seven essential black and grey shades. The updated Carbon Black tattoo ink range consists of five shading inks (Sumi 01-05), plus a lining black (Liner 06) and a bold one for filling (Filler 07).

Radiant Colors

Hailing from California, USA, Radiant Colors has dedicated itself to making tattoo inks in bright and long-lasting colours that are easy to apply. All tattoo inks from Radiant Colors are sterilised and contain pure, uncut, homogenised pigment.

Radiant Colors has worked with top artists to produce their bold tattoo inks, including creating signature sets with Angelo Nicolella, Carlox Angarita, Laky, and Luis Bonilla.

The Angelo Nicolella Portrait Set will help to elevate your colour realism work, especially when creating realistic portraits, while the Carlox Angarita Set features a spectacular selection of the best tones that combine the colours used for Carlox’s eye-catching style. Go for the Luis Bonilla New School Set if you’re looking for vivid colours that are perfect for new school styles and bold outlines or perhaps the Laky Gore Set for any horror-style work.

As well as offering standard colours, we also stock the Radiant Colors Pastel Set – never have soft tones looked stronger!

With such vibrant colours to choose from, why don’t you join the likes of Killer Ink sponsored artists Chris Papadakis, Tom Falgayras/MF Creativink, and Yaiza Rubio in using Radiant Colors tattoo ink today!

You can also check out Radiant Evolved, the latest tattoo ink line from the manufacturer that was designed to be fully-compliant with EU REACH regulations. Designed for European artists in mind, the Radiant Evolved range features meticulously crafted, vibrant tattoo inks, plus a five-bottle black tattoo ink set created in collaboration with dark surrealism artist Victor Portugal.

Viking Ink By Dynamic

Viking by Dynamic creates premium-quality tattoo ink, with a diverse range of vibrant colours that are fully compliant with the latest EU REACH regulations.

This versatile collection of tattoo inks and mixers enables artists to craft custom colours for various tattooing purposes, whether it's for outlining, shading, or intricate fine detail work.

Ensuring utmost safety for artists, Viking by Dynamic tattoo ink comes with several safety features, including clear PET bottles, a Dynamic-branded heat seal, and a textured hologram security label with an anti-counterfeit coating.

Rest assured, all REACH-compliant tattoo inks from Viking by Dynamic are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and thoughtfully packaged in sustainable materials. Elevate your tattoo artistry with these top-notch, environmentally-conscious tattoo inks.

Quantum Tattoo Ink Gold Label

Discover Quantum Tattoo Ink's Gold Label range, a collection of high-quality and vibrant tattoo inks meticulously formulated to comply with the latest EU REACH regulations – with some of the best and wittiest product names around too!

Made in small batches within the USA, the EU REACH-compliant Gold Label range by Quantum Tattoo Ink matches the exceptional quality of its standard line, ensuring consistent and reliable results.

Embracing ethical values, all tattoo inks from Quantum are not only EU REACH-compliant but also vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and organic, reflecting the brand's commitment to sustainability and animal welfare.

Whether you seek a dependable black tattoo ink or a selection of captivating colours for your artwork, the Quantum Gold Label line-up provides a variety of EU REACH-compliant options, meeting the demands of every skilled tattoo artist.