Introducing IMPERIAL
Inks Designed To Nurture Progress 
An Extension to The Kuro Sumi Legacy
The New REACH Compliant Line of Colors

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We Were Built to Adapt
We can't change history, but we can create the future, which is why we've set out to support our EU family in regards to the new REACH regulations being implemented early 2022.

We've combined rich history and tradition to create IMPERIAL.
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Rewriting Ink History

As one of the leading premier tattoo ink manufacturers worldwide, we made it our top priority to create a REACH compliant product for our European artists to continue creating their legacies. 

We've gone above and beyond to ensure our European artists could gain access to the same high-quality ink expected from us.

Our inks are manufactured adhering to the ISO 13485 quality control system.
Our inks are color calibrated for accuracy.
Our inks are vigorously tested for micro concerns throughout the entire manufacturing process.
Our inks have been tested by world renowned artists for performance, color clarity & ease of use.
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Instructions For Use
  1. Open Safety Seal from bottle
  2. Shake bottle before opening
  3. Open cap
  4. Pour ink into a disposable ink cup
  5. Close cap
  6. Cleanse skin
  7. Apply ink into the skin with a tattoo machine and tattoo needles
  8. Cleanse skin
  • Keep bottle out of direct sunlight
  • Keep at room temperature
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Throw away 12 months after opening
  • DO NOT pour unused ink back into the bottle
  • Ink may be mixed with shading solutions, color enhancer, or other brand products
How do we know that the classic line is still safe? 
Our products are confronted daily with rigorous testing. We cover everything, including performance testing and critical details, such as the presence of micro and heavy metals.  
Why do different countries have different regulations?
Laws vary from location to location due to the differing structures in legislation. It is impossible to expect every country to abide by the same laws since each legislation is drafted from a diversified set of guidelines. We adopt to all of the markets we supply and assess all regulations as a whole, in order to produce a product that satisfies all global regulations.
Why does the US not follow EU standards?
United States and European laws are entirely different. Generally, the basis of the EU legislation in relation to the manufacturing of tattoo and PMU inks, is directed towards the use of restricted substances. There are more than 1,300 banned substances and ingredients. On the other hand, the United States regulations are focused mainly on advance proven safety, while still allowing the use of certain products.
Will I be able to buy the EU line in non-EU countries? 
For the launch, IMPERIAL will be exclusively sold in the EU to our artists in need of immediate relief. However, since IMPERIAL meets both US and global standards, we'll offer it globally once our European artists have been fully supported.
Will there be color differences between the two lines? 
Yes, the colors are different because the inks are different. IMPERIAL is an entirely new formulation that has the same exacting standards as our classic line, but created with ingredients that adhere to the new European regulation. 

Will the entire Kuro Sumi Tattoo Ink line be available in the new Imperial line? 
Thats the plan! We collaborated with our artists in the EU to launch with the most in-demand colors. We'll continue to expand the assortment to meet the needs of the region.
When can we expect more colors from the Imperial line? 
We will be releasing new colors as they are created and gradually introducing them into the new line. We run a battery of tests on each pigment before they are released. This helps us ensure that everything meets our rigorous standards before the release of future additions to IMPERIAL.

Exceptional Quality

We closely monitor our products using the following quality management systems: 
• ISO 13485 Certified Quality Management System 
• Our quality policy 
• Color calibration

The Basic Elements

All ingredients and materials used throughout the duration of our product manufacturing are monitored through on-going product, purity & quality testing on individual ingredients, as well as in-vitro testing on the finished products.

During our process, we test over 4,000 substances to ensure the erasure of the following impurities: heavy metals, amines, and PAHS.

Assembly Is Key

Our manufacturing measures surpass the current ones in place within the international global industry. We evolve, as technology evolves, assuring our pigments are of the highest quality, safety compliant to all global regulations, and the leading performing products available within the market.
Lou Rubino - Founder of Kuro Sumi Tattoo Ink
"As we are artists ourselves..we are focused on ensuring our formulations meet the highest standards for quality & safety wherever they are sold. As each country develops their own standards, we are committed to evolving to comply. This process is ongoing & we are committed to working as quickly & as thoroughly as possible."

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A Message from Lou Rubino & Po Zhang
Original Message to Distributors
With over 50 years of experience in the tattoo industry, Kuro Sumi has proven passion for making premier products manufactured with the safest, cleanest, and highest quality ingredients for the benefit of our clients around the world. World Famous works every day to comply with the regulations of every country in which our products are sold.

We are thrilled to announce the Kuro Sumi Imperial line of products. These are completely new lines of colors across the spectrum of the most sought-after shades used by the world’s most in-demand artists. As part of our constant quest for promoting excellence and safety in the industry, Kuro Sumi is committed to ensuring the new line meets all new European Union (EU) requirements per regulations established by REACH. We will continually be adding to the line during the year.

 “As we are artists ourselves, we take seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of our products,” said Lou Rubino, founder of Kuro Sumi. “We are focused on ensuring our formulations meet the highest standards for quality and safety wherever they are sold. As each country develops their own new standards, Kuro Sumi is committed to evolving to comply. This process is ongoing, and we are committed to working as quickly and as thoroughly as possible to ensure our products meet the highest quality standards that our customers and artists expect from us.”  

The new Kuro Sumi Imperial line will comply with the new EU standards and are intended for global market distribution and usage.   

We will begin shipping Kuro Sumi Imperial products to our  European distributors in the fourth quarter of 2021 and available for worldwide distribution in early 2022.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us, we want to make this transition as smooth as possible. 

If you do have questions, please contact customer service.    

Po ‘Popo’ Zhang – Brand Director 
Lou Rubino – Founder