How to Remove India Ink Tattoos

By Christina Sloane

India ink is a dense, carbon-based permanent ink often used in pen drawings. Amateurs sometimes use India ink as a replacement for henna when drawing temporary tattoos on themselves or their friends. Because of the density of India ink, these tattoos can be tricky to remove. With a few household products and a bit of scrubbing, however, you should be able to remove your temporary tattoo.

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Dense India ink is sometimes used for temporary tattoos.

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Step 1

Scrub the tattooed area with warm water and a rough abrasive soap made with volcanic pumice. Mechanics use this kind of soap to remove grease and oil.

Step 2

Rub vegetable shortening on any ink that remains on your body and use a paper towel or rag to wipe it off.

Step 3

Wet a cotton ball with nail polish remover and use it to dab at and wipe away any remaining ink. Wash your hands with regular soap and water afterward.