Tribal neon ink (UV body paint)- Answers to frequently asked questions
Tribal Neon is a film-forming
gel containing UV-fluorescent dyes. When applied to hair or skin the gel
dries to a colourless film that glows bright blue when exposed to UV black-light.
Tribal Neon is a prop material designed for artistic and theatrical performers.
It is not a cosmetic for regular use.
Tribal Neon Safe to Use?
non-run gel base is a cosmetic grade hair gel formulation similar to many
others on the market and is intrinsically safe.
The fluorescent dyes in Tribal Neon are optical brighteners. These materials
are used by textile manufacturers to make fabrics look whiter in daylight,
and have been widely used for many decades in products such as household
laundry detergents. Even as concentrated industrial raw materials optical
brighteners are considered safe and have minimal toxicity by skin contact.
At the much lower concentrations used in Tribal Neon it is reasonable
to assume negligible toxicity or irritant potential.
However, optical brighteners are not approved as cosmetic colourings by
regulatory bodies such as USFDA. The main reason for this is that because
they are invisible in ordinary light such materials serve no purpose in
regular cosmetics, and so no-one has ever seen fit to submit them to the
extremely expensive approval process.
For this reason we emphasise that Tribal Neon is a prop material designed
for artistic and theatrical performers. It is not a cosmetic for frequent
regular use. Artists that purchase and use Tribal Neon do so at their
Of course, like almost all chemicals used in common cosmetics and other
household products, any of the ingredients in Tribal Neon could be toxic
if you swallow enough of them! You would probably need to swallow several
cupfuls of gel to take a toxic dose, but to avoid any risk of toxicity
or irritation we recommend against ingesting it or applying it to broken
skin or to mucous membranes, including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitalia
(that's right - some people have asked - we live in a strange world folks!).
Similarly, some individuals have very sensitive skin and develop irritation
to many cosmetic products. If you have a history of sensitivity to hair
gel products or to other cosmetics or detergents we advise you not to
use Tribal Neon. For similar reasons we don't recommend applying it to
children's skin. As a precautionary measure we also recommend the use
of a barrier cream before applying Tribal Neon.
Tribal Neon be used on hair?
Yes, Tribal Neon is a medium-hold
hair gel. The fluorescent effect is better on fair hair than dark hair
however. For darker hair, best results are obtained by applying it quite
thickly to hair tips and then allowing it to dry.
long does Tribal Neon stay on the skin? Does it run or wash off
if I swim or sweat a lot?
The fluorescent ingredients
in Tribal Neon are dyes not pigments, so once the gel has dried out they
stick to skin, hair, and fabrics quite strongly. Your artwork will remain
visible (but only under UV light) for a couple of days, and will last
the whole length of a weekend dance party. The dyes wash off from skin
and hair and fade after 3-4 washes, and off clothing fabrics after 2-3
launderings. Barrier creams applied before Tribal Neon will reduce the
dye fastness. If you sweat a lot some of the dye may get flushed off,
but neither swimming nor perspiration will cause the dyes to run once
the gel carrier has dried out.
I mix Tribal Neon with ordinary coloured face paints?
We don't recommend it. Ordinary
face paints, including most fluorescent paints, are pigment based (i.e.
solid coloured particles) and will simply mask the dyes from the UV light
that makes them glow, reducing their intensity. If you want to use other
colours apply them separately.
should I apply Tribal Neon?
The formulation contains the
optimum quantity of dyes so that even a thin film will give a strikingly
brilliant effect. This is easily applied with the edge of the foam square
included in the pack. A brush gives more artistic control than the sponge.
For best effect in dance or theatrical settings always apply strong lines
and blocks of solid "colour" to give the best visual effect.
It's worth experimenting first to get the application level right, so
don't just start with a big blob on your forehead; make your first application
in an unobtrusive spot to get a feel for using the foam.
it's colourless how do I know where I've applied Tribal Neon?
In ordinary light it's easy
to see where you've painted from the wet film. The wet dyes also glow
slightly from the UV light present in ordinary daylight. It's much easier
to get a good paintjob by spending some time painting yourself up in good
light before you go off to the event, preferably with a mirror. Two friends
can paint each other better than either can paint themselves. Of course,
if you have a UV "blacklight" tube you will see exactly what
you are doing.
long does Tribal Neon take to dry?
Obviously this depends on the
temperature and humidity of the day, but generally allow 2-3 minutes for
a thin coating to dry. Thicker daubs will take longer.
I thin Tribal Neon?
Yes, Tribal Neon can be thinned
a little with water, maybe up to 25%, but any more than this will make
the gel too thin and your artwork will smudge or run before it has chance
much coverage will I get out of a 7ml pack?
The 7ml SnapPak is sufficient
to cover an area of skin at least 1 foot square with a film of optimum
thickness. This is generally enough to cover your face, arms, and the
front and back of your upper body with solid line designs covering about
15-20% of your skin surface.
much UV light is needed to see the fluorescent effect?
Dance events that major on UV
lighting effects are the best. The more UV light there is, and the closer
you are to it, the stronger the glow. We have found that in total darkness
a 4ft blacklight tube gives off enough UV to make the dyes show up clearly
20-30 feet away. But if there is a lot of ambient light from spots and
other lighting effects this will drown the effect at this distance. So
for best results stand close to the blacklights!
I apply Tribal Neon to clothing and other fabrics?
Tribal Neon will work on most
fabrics, but we don't recommend it or accept any responsibility for the
results! While the dyes will wash out of most fabrics residual dye stains
may be discernible in daylight by contrast with the unmarked substrate.
pack sizes is Tribal Neon available in?
7ml SnapPak is the standard retail pack size available in bags of 1,10
or 100 units. 100ml jars are also available for performance use.
Tribal Neon come in any other colours?
Not yet, but new colours are
currently in development by Tribal Neon's Medicine Man!
can I buy Tribal Neon?
Tribal Neon is available from
www.fromnewzealand.com and www.homeofpoi.com web sites only