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One in five tattoo inks in Australia contain carcinogenic chemicals, according to a report published this week.

The report comes from the government’s National Industrial Chemical’s Notification and Assessment Scheme.

83 per cent of the black inks tested showed signs of a group of chemicals – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – known to be carcinogens.

These numbers are a major concern for the tattoo industry, especially for those buying inks online and self inking.

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