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The Differences Between Tattoo ink, Pen ink and Printer ink

20. July 2012 03:01 by Neeru in ink experts, inks  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Ink is ink right? Wrong! Contrary to popular belief, there are various types of ink out there that all perform many different functions. Getting in the know about what types of inks are out there will certainly give you kudos points amongst you’re friends, not many people know this stuff!

According to a survey undertaken in February 2012 by Harris Interactive, a staggering 42% of US citizens admit to having at least one tattoo, now that is certainly a lot of ink! The origins of tattoo ink stem back thousands of years ago and have since evolved into the increasingly popular artist’s aid that it is today.

Most recent variations include UV light tattoos which create glow-in-the-dark body art work and easily removable permanent tattoos that can be erased with just a couple of laser sessions, as opposed to the laborious procedure of yesteryear which required near to 12 laser treatments to achieve results.

Despite its evident popularity tattoo ink has not been without its problems. Due to the fact that the substance is not regulated in the US, tattoo artists are given free rein to alter ink formulas, which can then lead to difficulty in distinguishing the exact components that make up certain tattoo inks.  Traditionally, tattoo inks are made up of anti-fade and smudge components; no one wants to pay for a tattoo that will come off in the shower do they! However this often results in heavy and potentially harmful components such as particular metals, alcohols and chemicals being used. 

A far cry from the arguably exciting nature of tattoo ink, the humble pen ink has a standardized formula and is heavily regulated in the US meaning this formula cannot be tampered with by different manufactures. Unlike tattoo ink, pen ink commonly uses dyes as opposed to pigments due to their ability to not clot or dry inside the actual pen.

Mirroring the vast differences between tattoo and pen ink, the ever useful printer ink certainly follows suit. Unlike tattoo ink with its often unknown elements, it is widely accepted that Printer ink is made up of four components colorants, binders, additives and carrier substances. However, similar to tattoo and pen ink, printer ink can be split into two categories: dye-based and pigment-based both of which offer different finishes and host their own benefits.

The type of printer will determine whether a dye-based or pigment-based ink is to be used which is ultimately important to remember. Nothing can be more annoying than purchasing ink that won’t work for your printer.

The differences between all these three ink types are clear and interesting to see. What’s even more interesting is to see the ways in which ink and its uses will evolve over the years to come. Who knows what ink could be used for in 10 years’ time, watch this space! 

Printing At A Distance? No Problem With Paintball Printer

5. May 2010 12:31 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, hp, ink experts, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Here at Clickinks.com we always strive to anticipate your every printing need. Whether it's laser or inkjet printers, we offer high quality cartridges at low prices. However, if like German designers Martin Fussenegger, Michael Sebastian Haas and Julian Adenauer, you're looking to buy ink cartridges for a printer that shoots ink up to 40ft at 100mph, you're probably best off calling our Ink Experts directly. It's not a cartridge type you'll find widely available.

The German design team's novel printer – named the Facadeprinter – creates large-scale works of graffiti by shooting paintballs onto hard surfaces. This differs somewhat from everyday printers: they work by spraying thousands of colored droplets onto paper. Yet like other printers, the Facadeprinter creates both text and complex images. Perhaps the only major difference is that, instead of printing onto letter or legal size paper, the German invention prints onto 100ft concrete walls. Even the touchscreen controls built into recent Lexmark and HP releases can be found on the German device.

The Facadeprinter is not currently available for purchase (though you can hire the designers for custom facadeprints).  Until it is available though, you can trust Clickinks.com to supply the widest range of quality ink cartridges for your existing printer.

Cut Your Printing Costs with New Free Software

12. April 2010 08:34 by Danielle Bernhard in printer setting, clickinks, save on ink, savings, ink experts  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Do you want to reduce you printing costs? Then you may be interested in an incredible new software release called: PretonSaver. Designed either for home or the office network, the software slashes an unbelievable 70% from printing costs by removing the unnecessary pixels from printouts. Hence an impeccable standard of printing is maintained while your ink cartridges last much longer! Even better, PretonSaver generates statistical reports about the activity of each printer on your network. You can therefore control their output – preventing needless printouts and saving money!

The Trial version of PretonSaver is available to download FREE from their company website. Try it and discover the savings you could generate!

(Alternately, you could enjoy a tested-and-true method of reducing your printing costs by buying Clickinks.com ink cartridges. These cost substantially less than original cartridges while guaranteeing fantastic quality printouts!)

You can remove the ink from your clothes

19. January 2010 10:40 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, printer help, ink cartridge, removing ink, inks, ink experts, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
What to use to remove printer ink from your clothes.

We have all been there, whether you were trying to refill your printers ink cartridge or you simply left a pen in your pocket, you will need to get that ink out of your clothing.

The first step is to dab (not rub) the spilled ink with a towel, applying water and continuing until you see that ink is no longer removed by the towel.

Next leave it alone for a couple minutes (yes the waiting is the hardest part).

You may want to occupy your time watching a video, so you won’t think about it!




Once you have allowed a sufficient waiting period for the stain to air dry, dab the stain with rubbing alcohol, finger nail polish remover or even spray with hair spray, depending on what you may have on hand.


Use two new, clean paper towels, set the stained area on a towel and then dab the backside of the stain, pushing the ink onto the bottom towel. As the towel underneath begins to soak up the ink, move to a clean dry section. Continue until you see that ink is no longer removed by the towel.

At the end of the day, you should use a laundry pre-treatment soap, assuring that any remaining ink is removed in the wash.

Wash in the washing machine, using the warmest water level that the fabric can tolerate. If the stain does not come clean after washing, dab diluted bleach onto a towel and gently brush the stain clean. This should clean all ink out of your clothing.

The Step By Step Guide to Cleaning Your Printer

18. January 2010 14:08 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, ink cartridge, ink experts, printer cleaning, diy, printer problems  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
Cleaning your inkjet printer can prove beneficial. To prolong the life of your printer and produce the best printed results, you should clean your printer on a regular basis. Printer and cartridge cleaning is useful for solving print quality issues and extending the life of your printer. In particular, if you are seeing lines or smudges on your print outs, you will need to clean the ink nozzles.

If you have the printer instructions, check for specific instructions. Many times you can also download the manual online.

If you do not have manufacturer directions, you can follow these simple directions.

1.) Turn off the printer and let it cool if necessary
2.) Remove paper
3.) Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with a small amount of water
4.) Wipe the outside of the printer
5.) Dust the printer’s rollers or use a computer vacuum if available
5.) Look on your printer or in the printer software for the Head Cleaning option and initiate cleaning.

If your ink cartridges have been sitting in the printer without use:

1.) Soak your cartridge print head in shallow, warm water
2.) Remove after approximately 5 seconds
3.) Dry thoroughly with a paper towel
4.) Repeat if necessary until ink flows onto the paper towel.

The best option in printing supplies

The usage of printers, fax machines, copiers and scanners, along with printer ink and toner cartridges are prominent in most homes and offices. Many times the printer ink tends to become dry too quickly if not used often, or never produces optimum quality from the start.

You should buy the printer ink and toner from the right source in order to get the best quality results. The store you choose should carry all the popular products, such as Epson and HP printer ink. Many such shops are available, but they do not all sell at the best price, and they will many times be out of stock of your particular printer cartridge. The best choice for finding your printer ink and toner is Clickinks.com. This secure online shop is trusted by more customers. Clickinks.com offers the ink and toner for every brand printer, including Brother, Canon, Lexmark and more. Clickinks.com also supplies printer cables, paper, and other office supplies. You can browse through the wide variety of ink cartridges according to the printer model or cartridge model on the website. Clickinks.com also offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy for all the ink and toner cartridges. Just visit Clickinks.com online and place an order for your home, or save more by placing a bulk ink order for your office. If you need support you can always call the Ink Experts at 1-800-706 INKS.