Dick Blick Art Materials announced on March 31, 2012 that they would no longer carry Skin Candy tattoo ink on the store's website. In a statement posted on the company's Facebook page Blick spokespeople said, "These inks will remain part of a short-run promotion in our retail stores that will end in May."
The announcement comes on the heels of an immediate uproar collectively expressed within the tattoo community at large when Blick began carrying Skin Candy over a month ago. However, the statement does raise concerns about whether or not Blick will continue selling the tattoo ink in their retail outlets after May and what exactly is Blick's, "...customer registration process designed to prevent customers, especially minors, from purchasing the products inappropriately."
Click this link to read full statement: http://www.facebook.com/BlickArtMaterials/posts/258763884216447 (Full statement also on expended page.)
Blick Concerned Customers:
Blick appreciates the recent feedback from customers about the Skin Candy brand of tattoo inks. As a result, we have decided not to sell the Skin Candy brand online at www.dickblick.com. While these inks will remain part of a short-run promotion in our retail stores that will end in May, we have used your feedback to create a customer registration process designed to prevent customers, especially minors, from purchasing the products inappropriately.
We do not carry — and have no plans to carry — tattoo ink injecting needles and other equipment necessary to perform "below-skin" permanent tattoo art. Blick's intent was to carry a product that would be safe for "on-the-skin" temporary and semi-permanent tattoos. Please be assured that we will continue to research how we can better serve the on-the-skin tattoo market without carrying products that serve the below-skin market.
Thank you again,
Blick Art Materials