(Last Updated On: April 10, 2020)

There are so many tattoo artists out there, showing off their work on Instagram. Many of them know how to tattoo but sadly don’t know all the dangers well enough to use gloves properly or handle sterile equipment correctly. They haven’t studied Tattoo Safety, and sadly many countries don’t have any laws saying that this education is in fact needed. I am very passionate about this topic. I really want to let you know what you need to look out for.

Although most tattoos are applied with no problems at all, there are some tattoos that result in a not so good outcome. No matter how safe you may think they are, you simply can’t overlook the risks involved with getting a tattoo. Tattoo artists may tell you that there are no risks involved – although this isn’t the case.

The process of tattooing involves needles that penetrate the outer layers of the skin. The needles break the skin, and inject ink into the middle layer, creating the image of the tattoo design in the skin. Whenever you are getting a tattoo, it is always important with some common sense and a few safety precautions.

Fear the dangers

When getting a tattoo, most people fear to get the virus known as HIV, which can lead to the dreaded AIDS virus. Although many fear HIV, its just one of the many viruses that can result from tattoos. Staph, syphilis, tuberculosis, and hepatitis are all but a few of the other diseases that can result from tattoos. All it takes is a used, dirty or unsanitary needle and you could wind up contracting one of the deadly viruses listed above.

Staph, syphilis, tuberculosis, and hepatitis are all but a few of the other diseases that can result from tattoos. Click To Tweet

Although tattooing is indeed dangerous, there are ways that you can minimize or eliminate the potential dangers. Each and every day, tattoo artists have to obey a strict code of safety to ensure that the risk of contracting HIV or any other diseases is little to none. Professional tattoo artists will sterilize their equipment after each use, and/or use only new and sterile disposable equipment.

Tattoo Safety and the Risks of uneducated Tattoo Artists

After getting your tattoo, if you notice any swelling or excessive redness around the tattoo, you should visit a doctor immediately, to find out if the tattoo is infected. In most cases, tattoo infections can be treated with medicine. If the infection is severe, you may be admitted to the hospital so they can further treat you. In the more severe cases, you may end up having to get the tattoo removed to prevent further infection. Removing a tattoo requires surgery, which also involves risks as well.

Laws and regulations

Luckily, here in Norway, we have very strict rules for tattoo studios. We need to have solid cleaning/sterilization routines and documents in order to be approved by the health department. You can read more about Norway’s Tattoo laws at Norsk Tattoo Union. In other countries, however, I am not sure about all the laws or regulations, so you should be careful. There are of course, in all countries, always some people who tattoo at home or in other locations that are NOT approved or certified. Please, avoid these at any time.

Before you get a tattoo, you should always examine the studio and ensure that it’s clean. You should also ask questions, and make sure that the tattoo artists clean the equipment they use.

Before the tattooist starts the tattoo, he should always give each customer a brand new set of fresh needles. Then, he should always dip the needle in a small cap of pigment that he just took out of a large squeezable bottle. If the artist should dip the needle into the big bottle, you need to run. Because you may very well be sharing fluids with all those who have had tattoos from that same big bottle.

When the tattoo artist makes the actual tattoo, they should always wear rubber gloves that can easily be disposed of. Everything they touch has to be disposable or autoclavable. When you walk into the tattoo studio, the floors should be spotless. In the rooms where the tattoos are done, the working area should always be clean and sanitary.

Tattoo Safety and the Risks of uneducated Tattoo Artists

Tattoo Safety First

Whenever you decide to get a tattoo you should always put safety first. Tattoo Safety is very important, as you could otherwise get a lifelong disease or a serious infection. Before you decide on a tattoo studio, you should always make sure that they are clean and sanitary. If you get a tattoo from a studio that is dirty or unsanitary or someone who is not even in a real studio, you could wind up on a never-ending spiral of infections and viruses.

Ruined Appearance

Although health risks are a concern, one of the biggest concern for may is the overall appearance of the tattoo. Tattoos that are done by amateurs or not applied well, normally result in the appearance being ruined. Tattoos are something that will stick with you for the rest of your life, which is why the appearance is so important. If you get a tattoo removed, chances are that a scar will always remain. Even though most scars will become less noticeable as years go by, they will never completely go away – and always provide a reminder that a tattoo was once there.

As with everything else in life, there are always decisions to make. If you are thinking about getting a tattoo, you should first decide your reason for getting it, how you will feel about having it later on in life, and if the tattoo is something you can see yourself with. Before you put a permanent tattoo on your body, you should make sure that you are getting the tattoo for you because you want it. Whatever you do, you should always avoid getting a tattoo simply because someone else suggested it.

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