Well, here is how I see it. I like National's triple black, and their black powder pigments are decent too... National has some ok colors, but they heal kind of flat. There are a ton of better inks out there these days that would benefit you more... Starbrite, Eternal, EasyGlow and Fusion are all better choices for your money. National has some good stuff for good prices, but they also have some terrible products... Their coils are awful, and I will never buy needles or tubes/tips/grips from there again! FYI, their tubes and tips are "backwards"compared to the standard, meaning the tip has a sleeve that fits into the tail, instead of the tip recieving the tail. so the tips and tubes are not interchangeable with most I have seen.