On this page you will find an overview of scientific articles, reports and books related to tattoo and pigment research. 

Report on Safety of tattoos and permanent make-up Compilation of information on legislative framework and analytical methods

Published in 2015

By the European Commission
Joint Research Centre
Institute for Health and Consumer Protection

DERMATOLOGY: New official journal of ESTP

Published since 1893, 'Dermatology' provides a worldwide survey of clinical and investigative dermatology. To serve ESTP-members' needs the newly set-up section 'Tattoo and Body Art' (edited by Jørgen Serup and Nicolas Kluger) welcomes submissions covering various types of body art skin modifications (namely tattooing, permanent make-up, body-piercing, scarification, etc.). 

Please view the author guidelines for more information: 

For ESTP members: To access all content please visit the journal website:

Please contact the ESTP Secretariat to gain your access code.

The first article in the "Tattoo and Body Art" Section has been published. You can find it online here:

Diagnosis and Therapy of Tattoo Complications

With Atlas of Illustrative Cases

- A valuable tool for clinical practice

This book covers the full spectrum of issues clinical practitioners may encounter when treating affected patients. Introductory chapters include educational information on methods for tattooing, types of tattoos, tattoo inks, and tattoo ink toxicology. The focus is on the diagnosis and classification of tattoo complications. In this regard, a comprehensive atlas of acute and chronic complications serves as a valuable tool.

Publication year: 2015


  • Jørgen Serup
  • Wolfgang Bäumler

Volume 52 of the Karger book series 'Current Problems in Dermatology'. 

Tattooed Skin and Health

During the 2nd European Congress on Tattoo and Pigment Research in April 2015 the book 'Tattooed Skin and Health' was launched.

The book discusses different aspects of the various medical risks associated with tattoos, such as allergic reactions from red tattoos, papulo-nodular reactions from black tattoos as well as technical and psycho-social complications, in addition to bacterial and viral infections. Further sections are dedicated to the composition of tattoo inks, and a case is made for the urgent introduction of national and international regulations.


  • Jørgen Serup
  • Nicolas Kluger
  • Wolfgang Bäumler

Volume 48 of the Karger book series 'Current Problems in Dermatology'. 


For members of the ESTP there is a special discount. Please contact the ESTP Secretariat for more information.

Tattoos - Health, risks and culture, with an introduction to the 'seamless prevention' strategy

Published in 2015 

A report from the Council on Health and Disease Prevention, Copenhagen, Denmark. The report is the first Danish review of international scientific literature on the most relevant perspectives on tattoo and health. 

A medical-toxicological view of tattooing

Peter Laux et. al, The Lancet, 24 July 2015

This article was published in the medical journal, The Lancet. The article outlines the many gaps of knowledge on the essentials behind regulation of inks.