Hawink Review

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Hawink is our choice for a budget ink brand, and it works well for artists who prefer thinner ink. Most of their colors are bright, but a few of them need extra passes to get the color in the skin.

Video Transcription: Hawink Review

What is up? Welcome to another video. Today, we are going to review Haw Ink. It comes with a variety of colors, and I've been wanting to try out this brand of ink for a while. So I'm going to do a tattoo and explain how good it is. And if you like content like this and want to see more reviews on tattoo products, make sure you like and subscribe down below, and hit the little bell notification so you could be updated on all of the new videos we come out with each week. And, if by chance, you're new to these videos, I'm Brandon from Tattooing 101, and welcome to this video. Now let's get to tattooing. Okay. So I've prepared the tattoo that we're going to be doing. The color, of course Haw Ink does come with an outlining black. I just recommend you go get Dynamic.

That's preferably what I use on every, any tattoo. If I was going to tattoo on a human being with this ink, that's what I would use for the outline. No matter how good it is, it's just what I'm comfortable with. I know how it's going to heal up and all of those things. I did outline this tattoo with Dynamic. Now, since this is a full review of this ink, I'm going to go into showing the bottles. Let's see here. Usually bottles have an expiration date. Cool. (reading label on bottle) So, best before 6/20/23. So yeah, I just bought these, so I have about a year and a half. You know, usually some of the inks that I buy will last, you know, four years. You know, my Solid Ink, I believe when I first got it, I had three years until it went out.

So that's one thing you want to think about. Another thing, I know I say do not buy inks off Amazon if you're going to tattoo on human beings and things like that, but I went on CNC and tried to pick up these inks through them, because I just bought that new machine, which I really liked. Check out that review. It was a really good machine. I liked using it a lot, and the different strokes that you could change to was awesome. But anyway, I went on their website and these are completely sold out. So, I had to look for them on other websites, and the only place I could find them was Amazon. I know I bit my tongue whenever I hit the purchase button. But you know, it's the only way I could get them and I really wanted to do a review on them.

So, that's one thing to think about as well. Haw Ink, you know, you definitely need to amp up your production to get these out there. Let's open them up and see how you get the cap off. Sometimes this could be really annoying. Awesome. Let's see how terrible it is to get this off. Man! This is probably one of my least favorite things. No, definitely my least favorite thing, when it comes to getting new ink in the mail. You get so excited. You get ready to use it. Then, you have to spend 16 hours trying to get these things off. Yeah, so this is physically impossible to do with your fingers. So, that is one annoying thing when it comes to the bottles. Obviously you take them off once, and you're good to go, but I'm going to have to pause this video and figure out how I'm going to open these in a sterile way.

Okay. I am back. So, the biggest problem with opening these up like this, where it doesn't give you a pull tab, is keeping the ink sterile. What I ended up doing is getting a disposable tool for piercing to have to pierce this so I could open it. Obviously that's going to be really annoying for people out there that don't have that type of equipment. You don't want to be trying to open this stuff up with anything. You don't want to use scissors, things like that, because they're not sterile. You could really mess up your inks. Haw Ink, that's definitely one thing that I would say that I would definitely change immediately - would be how you're sealing up your inks. Just a little pull tab would make things so much better. Right off the bat, looking at the ink, it looks very, very watery. That's not necessarily a problem.

I definitely like my ink to kind of be in the middle. Not super runny, but not super thick either. Yeah. Just shaking it up. I will say that's a nice ball to it. You know, some of these inks, especially the knock- offs and stuff. You try to shake them, and it's like the ball is stuck from sitting in a box for 16 years. Yeah, that sounds good. You're able to shake them up really good, which is great. Cool. Obviously I'm not going to have you sit here while I open up all of these bottles, because it's going to take me probably an hour. So, just stick here, and I'll be back in a couple minutes.

Okay. Another fun fact, there's also a piece of cardboard up in the top of this. Now I don't understand why they would put that there. That makes it really hard to try to get out. Obviously you need a sterile pieces of equipment to do that. I'm going to have to get another piercing tool that we have that's disposable to get that out of there for all of these two. They have two stoppers on this actual ink, which is another thing to think about; because I shook that up thinking it was fine, and obviously, it wasn't. I'll be back again in a few minutes.

All right. With this design, I'm going to be using an 11 curve mag just to try out some of these colors. Let's get to pouring. First, always want to shake it up. One trick about shaking it up would be always remember to put a paper towel on top like this. Sometimes I've been in a hurry to pour my ink, get ready on a customer, and what happens was I will open it up, not thinking, and then go to shake it, and then ink spills everywhere. Then you just look unprofessional even though you've been tattooing for 10 years. This is one little trick I'll give you, make sure you put a paper towel on top.

All right. I'm going to set up my ink exactly how I'm going to tattoo them. we start with the darkest color, which will be my black. Then we're going to go with brown, green, red, orange, purple, yellow last. Let's pour these. No, I did shake these up for quite a while. The consistency they come out will be how it really is. Yeah, I'm going to say that this is really, really thin. Once I pour these, I'm going to show you. I'll pour one cap with my solid, so you can kind of see the difference of consistency. Now the green, I'll say, seems just a slight bit thicker. It might be just because of how they make that color. The red, my favorite color. Yeah, I'll say it's definitely thinner than Solid. Yeah. I'm not a big fan of that orange at all. It's like water, but it might work good. We'll see.

Okay. As I've stated, my favorite color is red. Let's just pour a cap of red right above this one. You can see the difference. Well, let's do it below so you can kind of see better. Okay, what we're going to be using is Eternal dark red. It's pretty close to that color, even though it is a little bit darker, but we'll check the difference of the consistency right here. Okay, here is the Eternal. Yeah. You could see that it is definitely more thick than this ink right here. The Haw Ink, definitely different for sure. Okay, let's pick these up and kind of see the difference. These are the inks that I normally use. You know, you could tilt it and it kind of sticks for a second. It won't just really pour out. We'll check this one out. It's the same color and everything. Yeah, this one pretty much flows exactly like water. It's a super, super watery ink.

Let's get to, into actually tattooing with this. I'm also going to pour some of their super black, which would be like Solid's matte black or a triple black, something like that. We'll test this one out as well.

With this type of black, you really want to look for it being super thick, because you don't want it to be like lining black. You want it to be thick enough that it'll hold up really well and stand out against the rest of the tattoo. We'll check this out. I'll say, honestly, this is probably the thickest one out of all of the colors, so that is one good sign. Again, we'll move these out of the way. This is my Dynamic replaced with the black of Haw Ink, and this one is my Eternal ink. The ones that are not a part of this lineup are out of the line. Let's get started. Okay, let's start out with obviously my far right, Which will be my black. Okay. I'm just going to do some whipping out motions... see how it works. Yeah, with the black, it's working pretty good for me. I don't have any issues with the black so far. It's working really just like any other black that I would use on any tattoo.

Yeah, it seems like it's being put in there pretty consistent, which is nice, which I really like about that. I'll fast forward this part. Cause it's actually working pretty well.

One funny thing I want to ask you guys. I've noticed with some colors, whenever you're tattooing with them, you could really smell whatever's in the ink, especially with my Solids or my Eternals. When I'm using, I think blues is definitely the one that I could really smell. If I had a blue ink sitting in front of me and I had a blindfold on, I could tell you which one was blue, just from the smell of it. I don't know if I'm going crazy, but yeah, leave a comment down below and see if, I guess, you're as nuts as I am.

Awesome. The black actually worked pretty good for the pepper-shading part. Let's see how it does for packing. We're going to pack in this eyeball straight black. Now we'll just whip shade out the bottom. Yeah. it actually did really good for placking in this solid black as well. Yeah. So far, just with the black ink, this is working perfect. I don't have any issues with their super black. It'll create a good tattoo. Okay, let's clean us off really good and go onto the next color on our list. As always, making sure you dip into your rinse cup before going onto the next color, or it'll make a mess of everything.

Going onto our brown. We'll just do some brown on the top of this eye right here. Okay, normally if that was solid ink, that would've completely saturated with what I just did there. I'm guessing because it is a more watery ink, it's having more of an issue saturating the fake skin, which is why I like my ink fairly thick. Not super thick, like Mom's ink or anything like that. That doesn't work at all. Yeah, Solid, Eternal, Fusion. Those ones have the perfect consistency, in my eyes, to be able to create a really good color tattoo. With this ink. I'm having to go over it way more times than I normally would using Fusion, Eternal, or Solid; which I'm not really a big fan of, because that's giving more time for the skin to be agitated and then have problems with healing as well. Yeah, normally that would be completely saturated. I wouldn't have to go back to it at all, but obviously some people like a more watery ink. I guess it kind of depends on your personal preference.

Okay, the brown, I was able to get it in there. I wouldn't necessarily say that I would want to use this on an actual human being, just because it is very liquidy for my taste. I'm not a big fan of that. For fake skin, obviously you have to go over it a little bit more times, but I was able to get it in there.

Let's go on to our green and do these little leaves on top. Besides red, green is definitely my next best favorite. My favorite thing to do is probably roses, because I get to use my red, my greens, some browns in there for some dead leaves. Yeah, let's see how this works. Once again, it's just really, really watery. It's just hard to get that color in there the first time, which is really how I like to tattoo. I like to get everything in there, and then be able to move on so there's not a ton of trauma to the skin when I'm tattooing on an actual client. Obviously, with this one, you could see that I'm having to go over it multiple times to get the color to stick in there.

But after doing that, obviously you could get it saturated. You just have to go over it more times. Okay, so the green was just about the same as the brown, very, very watery. Hard to get into the fake skin, which would be about the same on human skin as well. You have to go over it quite a bit. Obviously, if you're doing that on an actual client, it might cause complications with the healing, things like that. That being said, let's jump onto the red. Okay. This is the Haw Ink red. Please don't let me down. Yeah.

It's about the same for the red as well. I will say out of all of the colors, red was probably the easiest one for me to use yet, even though it did come up really light. What I'm going to do is jump onto my actual Eternal red. I'm going to show you exactly the difference between these two and how they go in the skin. Just remember that these top ones right here are not going to be the Haw Ink. They're going to be the actual Eternal.I'm tattooing exactly the same way I was with the other one. You can see it saturates way crisper and way smoother as well.

Okay. We'll go through here and get these done. There is the difference between the Haw Ink and the Eternal red, which you know, I've used for years and years. I will say that the Eternal red is definitely way easier to get in there. It goes in there cleaner, more smoothly. Yeah, that's just the comparison of the two ones of my favorite color.

All right. Let's get in here to the orange and see how it does. The orange we're going to do down here and up here, and then just whip out.

Well. tTe orange actually works pretty good. That's exactly how it really would work if I was using a Solid or an Eternal orange. I'm pretty surprised when it comes to their actual orange color. It's working out way better than I thought it would. Hopefully, all of their lighter colors work better like that. Anytime I talk about colors, I definitely talk about Solid, because their El Dorado Yellow is probably one of my, it's 100% my top choice when it comes to yellow. Out of any brand. Out of any kind of yellow, it's just the best in my eyes. I'm also a neo-traditional and a traditional artist. Yeah. Pretty surprised with the orange. I actually like that color a lot. Definitely the best one out of all of these so far.

Go on to the purple. Wow! So the purple's super bright. I changed my mind. This is by far, my favorite one so far. You look at how bright that goes in the skin. That's crazy. Honestly, I think this would hold right up with Eternal, Solid, Fusion. All of their purples. This one's awesome. I would give this one, definitely a 10 out of 10. Just going over it one time how I normally would, and it is in there. I like this color a ton. Yeah. That's awesome. Yep. This purple is awesome. I think I'm going to actually do some of this purple on the very bottom, because I like it so much. We'll save the yellow for the middle of the eye. You look how bright that purple is. It really, really stands out.

All right, let's get into the yellow. Okay, the yellow's going in pretty good. It's not necessarily as bright as I would like. It's like I said. The El Dorado just goes in the skin and it's glowing. This is pretty much like a normal yellow that you really find. Honestly, the closest thing I could really say, to any other brand out there to this yellow would be Intense. Just the consistency, Intense is pretty, pretty liquidy as well. There's some artists out there that do great with Intense. It's just not for me or my style. Pull my liner back out real quick. Then, just add some markings in the white part of the eye right here real quick. I'm going to be using my, I will actually use the Haw Ink red. I was going to use the Eternal, but this is a Haw Ink review, so might as well see how it does when lining with it.

Okay, let's say it actually works way better lining with it than it does anything else. I'm guessing that's because of how liquidity is. It just goes into the fake skin with a liner really easily. I'll clean this off so you can check it out.

There we go. That is the review of Haw Ink. I'm pretty sure that's how you pronounce it. H-A-W I-N-K. Now, when it comes to this ink, I don't know. I really like the purple. The yellow worked okay. My biggest recommendation is, if you're wanting to try this out, yes, it is a little cheaper than trying to go out and buying the name brand stuff. If you're just working on fake skin. If you're just trying this out, by all means, it's a brand to check out. But, if you're really interested in becoming a professional tattoo artist, I definitely recommend going with a name brand like Fusion, Eternal, Solid. I just love them so much. They've worked for me my whole career, and it's helped me grow, knowing that whatever I get in that ink is going to be exactly the same, every different time that I use it.

Also, when it comes to name brands, they have the ability to make all of these different bottles of ink all the time, so you never have to worry about not being able to buy them. I've never came across a time where I wanted to order Solid and they said sold out. I could always find it somewhere. That's one thing to think about as well. Thank you guys for watching. As always like and subscribe down below if you're interested in seeing more videos of me reviewing products for you guys. Even products that I find on Amazon, I'll review, just so you know if it's worth buying or just overlooking. As always, thank you guys so much for watching and have a wonderful day.

Our Score

5.0/10

AVERAGE

Price: $33.39 (7/10)

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 Hawink is cheaper than nearly all the other major tattoo ink brands.

Quality (5/10)

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Hawink tattoo ink is more watery than inks we would normally use. However, most of the colors were as bright as more expensive inks.

Handling (5/10)

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Because Hawink tattoo ink is not as thick as normal inks, it took extra passes to get color into the skin (especially the green and red inks). On a client, this would cause extra trauma to the skin.
Other colors did not have this issue (yellow and purple). 
PROS:
  • Bright colors
  • More affordable price point
  • Comparable to bigger tattoo ink brands
CONS:

Product Details

Inks

7 colors

Volume

0.5 oz (15ml) per bottle

Agitation ball

Yes

Vegan

Yes

Product Details

Inks

7 colors

Volume

0.5 oz (15ml) per bottle

Agitation ball

Yes

Vegan

Yes

Hawink Tattoo Ink - Our Review:

For our review, we used the 7-ink Hawink Tattoo Ink Set. While these tattoo inks aren’t our top pick for clients (we would most likely choose Solid or Eternal), Hawink does offer tattoo artists a safe, quality ink for an affordable price

We had no major issues adding shading or packing in color with this tattoo ink set, and would consider it similar to Intenze in consistency.
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Price Comparison

Hawink tattoo ink tends to be cheaper than most major brands. You can find a breakdown of the per-ounce cost below:

  • Dynamic Tattoo Ink: $7.50/oz
  • Eternal Tattoo Ink: $8.25/oz
  • Hawink Tattoo Ink: $8.96/oz
  • StarBrite Colors: $11.25/oz
  • Solid Tattoo Ink: $12.49/oz
  • Intenze Color Tattoo Ink: $14/oz
  • World Famous Tattoo Ink: $14/oz
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The difference, as you might notice while shopping, is that not all tattoo ink brands offer the same size bottle. For example, even though Hawink is more expensive than Eternal tattoo ink per ounce, you have the ability to buy a 0.5oz bottle from Hawink for $4.48, while the smallest size offered by Eternal is 1oz for $8.25. 

Additionally, some brands like Dynamic will reward you for buying larger bottles; their 1oz bottles sell for $7.50, while their 4oz bottles sell for $25 (which ends up being $6.25 per ounce).

Packaging and Safety

The most important part about tattooing is safety, and that includes opening your ink bottle. Hawink does not have a pull tab on the safety cover of their ink, and we had to use a sterile piercing tool to get it off to ensure the ink did not get contaminated. Do not use scissors to open ink if you are going to be using it on people; scissors are not sterile

Additionally, there was a cardboard barrier in the top of the ink bottles that was difficult to get out (and required another sterile piercing tool).

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Each bottle has an agitation ball inside to ensure the pigment and carrier liquid are properly mixed, and the ink has an expiration date showing that it’s safe to use for another year and a half (compared to the 3-4 years of premium tattoo ink brands).

To make sure you’re getting the safest product possible, we recommend buying these inks directly through CNC’s website or Hawink’s website. Because both sites were out of stock and we’re only using the inks on fake skin to test them, we bought them off Amazon. If you plan to use these inks on human skin, it’s best to buy them directly from the supplier, even if that means waiting for them to restock.

Hawink Review by Color

Because every color of ink is made using slightly different materials, you’ll find that some colors perform better than others, even if they’re from the same brand.

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The chart below points out the differences between each color ink:

Color

Description

Super Black

Of all the inks, Super Black was the thickest. This is a good sign for the overall quality of the inks, as black ink (unless it’s lining black) should be thick so it easily holds up over time.

Venetian Brown

It was difficult to get full saturation with this ink color, since it’s more watery. While you can make several passes on fake skin, on a real person this causes more trauma to the skin and can lead to healing issues.

True Green

Like Venetian Brown, it was difficult to get True Green to look saturated, especially when compared with more premium tattoo inks.

Fire Red

While this ink was watery like the other colors, it went into the skin fine. However, it’s kind of light and dull when compared with brands like Eternal. Fire Red went into the fake skin easily with a liner.

Bright Orange

Bright Orange went into the skin easily and worked the same as a more premium brand.

Light Purple

Light Purple turned out to be super bright (it’s our favorite of the group), and we only needed one pass to get the color in. This color holds up with Eternal, Solid, and Fusion’s purple inks.

Atomic Yellow

Atomic Yellow went into the skin easily, but it’s not quite as bright as our favorite yellow (Solid’s El Dorado).

Color

Description

Super Black

Of all the inks, Super Black was the thickest. This is a good sign for the overall quality of the inks, as black ink (unless it’s lining black) should be thick so it easily holds up over time.

Venetian Brown

It was difficult to get full saturation with this ink color, since it’s more watery. While you can make several passes on fake skin, on a real person this causes more trauma to the skin and can lead to healing issues.

True Green

Like Venetian Brown, it was difficult to get True Green to look saturated, especially when compared with more premium tattoo inks.

Fire Red

While this ink was watery like the other colors, it went into the skin fine. However, it’s kind of light and dull when compared with brands like Eternal. Fire Red went into the fake skin easily with a liner.

Bright Orange

Bright Orange went into the skin easily and worked the same as a more premium brand.

Light Purple

Light Purple turned out to be super bright (it’s our favorite of the group), and we only needed one pass to get the color in. This color holds up with Eternal, Solid, and Fusion’s purple inks.

Atomic Yellow

Atomic Yellow went into the skin easily, but it’s not quite as bright as our favorite yellow (Solid’s El Dorado).

Hawink does offer additional colors like Royal Blue, Japanese Pink, Scarlet Red, Bright White, and more in their larger tattoo ink sets.

Who Hawink Tattoo Ink Is (and Isn’t) For:

Hawink tattoo ink is a great option for new tattoo artists who want to practice on fake skins and build their skills without buying from more expensive brands. Additionally, a few of their colors (like Bright Orange, Light Purple, or Atomic Yellow) are colors we would use on clients, as long as they come directly from CNC or Hawink, and not from Amazon.

We would not recommend Hawink to artists who prefer thicker ink, or professional tattoo artists that already work with more premium inks. While Hawink offers a good option for artists on a budget, there is a noticeable difference in quality if you’re used to more professional tattoo ink.

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AUTHOR
Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain. When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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