Is Bic Pen Ink Toxic?

We have noticed more and more people reaching out and asking about if Bic pen ink is toxic or not as well as a number of other questions about Bic ink and its toxicity. As we have seen a number of people asking and thinking of using Bic ink for a number of different things that pose a potential health risk, we have decided to publish this article in the hope of being able to help any of our readers who are wondering if Bic ink is toxic or not.

Our goal is to provide you with the best information possible to help you make a more informed decision even though we know that some of our readers may go ahead with their plans anyway. We would hope that the bulk of our readers will use the information in our article to make a more informed choice though.

Is Bic Pen Ink Toxic If Ingested?

Due to Bic Pens being so popular, especially for children at school, it is surprisingly common for people to accidentally swallow their ink due to chewing on their pens when in class. Although the ink used in Bic pens does have a low level of toxicity, the amount ingested due to chewing on a Bic pen is minimal and it is extremely unlikely that it will have any effect on a human.

Even if you somehow managed to chew the whole ink cylinder out of a standard disposable Bic pen, the average healthy person will not have been able to ingest enough ink to experience the effects of its toxicity. If you have a small infant and they accidentally chew on a Bic pen and swallow some of the ink then it is a good idea to keep a close eye on them to any sickness and then seek professional advice from your health care professional.

Is Bic Pen Ink Safe For Tattoos?

We constantly see people reaching out to ask if they are able to use Bic ink for a stick and poke tattoo so want to touch on this one too. Although there does seem to be somewhat of a “Bic ink tattoo” craze going on amongst teenagers right now, normal Bic ink was never designed to be used in this way and its oil based formula can cause issues.

Although some people have used Bic ink as their ink solution for a stick and poke tattoo, we would not recommend that you take this path. In this day and age, speciallist stick and poke tattoo ink is widely available and it is very budget-friendly. As these stick and poke inks have been specifically designed to be used for tattoos, we would highly recommend that our readers use them instead.

Is Bic BodyMark Safe?

Although we see a number of people reaching out about the Bic BodyMark range of pens, these have been specifically designed with specialist inks that are safe to use on your skin. The ink is not toxic and has been formulated for use with temporary tattoos that you can draw on your skin for fun.

Please note that the ink in the Bic BodyMark range has not been designed for use with permanent stick and poke tattoos though and we would not recommend that you use them for anything long term. The ink is designed to be used on the surface of your skin and for temporary tattoos that are not long term.


That brings our article going over if Bic pen ink is toxic or not to a close. We hope that we have been able to help any of our readers who have been curious about the toxicity levels of Bic pen ink and that we have helped you find the answers you are looking for. As we mentioned earlier in the article, we know that some of our readers will ignore the information and use Bic ink for their tattoo but we would like to think that some people decide against it, especially as actual stick and poke ink is so cheap.

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