5 bizarre but interesting ink facts

Technology has paved the way for some significant advancements in not only how we work but also in what we produce.

Thinking about how we record things now and how we communicate with each other, our mind can sometimes take a digital focus, thinking of emails and text messages, etc, yet looking back in time and up until the invention of the camera, ink was the only method of recording stories, events and even communicating to others.

It is also the one element that continues to hold a definitive place in today’s modern world.

Centre Colours is proud to house the ink manufacturing facilities and advanced equipment and technology still needed today — supplying high-quality dispersions, performance inks as well as tailored and blended inks and ink concentrate.

We work with a range of companies throughout Yorkshire acting as a one-stop-shop when it comes to paints and their dispersions.

In this post, we want to share with you some of the strange and yet highly fascinating facts we know about ink.

1.    Ink can be dated back to 2697 BC

The origins of ink have been debated across several theories over the years, but what we do know for certain is that ink was created and used, many years ago.  With one in particular theory stating that the first ink was invented by philosopher Tien-Lcheu in 2697 BC, which would make our use of ink approximately four thousand, five hundred years old – well according to historian BN Goswamy.

2.    When it says permanent ink, it’s a lie

Ok so a little harsh but still true. For those that have searched for permanent ink manufacturers over the years, to protect pieces of art or scribing’s so they are still visible and sit as pieces of history in years to come, bubbles can be truly burst at this point, as a non-toxic and eco-friendly lanolin-based cream can eliminate the majority of permanent inks quite easily…even, dare we say it, inventions like permanent markers!

3.    Help beat cancer with squid ink!

Squid ink is a new discovery by researchers, but one that shows it to be more useful than just part of an ingredient in an Italian cooking dish (usually found in pasta and risottos).  Putting squid ink to good use and to help in the war against cancer, it is understood that this ink puts a stop to blood vessels in tumours and helps to enhance the creation and increase of white cells too.  It also has an antioxidant helping to boost immune systems!

4.    People make good ink

No, we’re not talking about the team at Centre Colours, but rather if we look back at ancient cultures, people made ink from burning human bones and using the ashes from the deceased.  Not something we like to imagine, but it does go to show the compelling need for ink even in ancient times. Of course, we don’t hear of such practices nowadays, (well not since 1996 that is when Marvel employee Mark Gruenwald requested that when he died his remains were to be combined with ink so they could be used in an edition of American comic book, Squadron Supreme – hence he would always live on through his passion)!

5.    From blood to ink

Not something which we would recommend due to how we come by it but using blood as ink can help you to make your mark, but it does so in a very low-quality.    It is believed that a Koran has been inscribed with Saddam Hussein’s blood, and artists Castiglia and Eagles have also cited to using blood as part of their colour palettes in their past work.

When we delve deeper into the story of ink, we can see just how far we have come over time, as well as the important role ink has played throughout the years, shaping how we communicate to others.

If you’re a paint manufacturer or work within any aspect of the ink industry, and you and your business would like to know more about pigment dispersions, call Centre Colours today, or pop by our facilities and talk to a member of our team who is always on hand to help.

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