Getting a tattoo is a permanent decision, with possible health risks, so take the time to learn about tattoo considerations. Then if you (and your doctors) decide that it is okay for you to proceed, it is time to find the very best and safest tattoo shop.
If you have even the slightest doubts about the hygiene, tattoo design, or artist, do not have your tattoo done there or you are very likely to suffer Tattoo Remorse and end up going through the pain and financial strain of Tattoo Removal (if, indeed, you are even eligible for a removal procedure.)
If you are satisfied with the shop, the hygiene, and the service you receive, remember to tip your tattoo artist!
Finding a Tattoo Parlor. Few regulations cover tattooing. Licensing usually involves completing a health department course on infectious disease transmission and passing an exam, but no governing body inspects tattoo businesses. Laws allow anyone to buy a machine, get a license and start tattooing whether or not they have any artistic ability — a situation that professional tattoo artists object to — so it's a good idea to do your homework before rolling up your sleeve. Discovery Health.
How can I get a tattoo safely? Because pigment is not sterile, bacteria and viruses can contaminate it, and infections can come from parts of the machine that can't be sterilized. HIV and hepatitis B and C can be transmitted through tattoos and take a long time to show up in blood tests. People with tattoos are nine times more likely to get hepatitis C than people who never get tattoos. It's like you're having sex with your tattoo artist and everyone else he's tattooed. Mayo Clinic.
Temporary Tattoos and Henna. If you want a tattoo but find that it is medically unwise for you, what about temporary tattoos, like henna? Henna is only approved for use as hair dye, and should not be used on the skin. In the U.S., look for products that have FDA approved ingredients. ISN.
Temporary Tattoos and Henna. Often we find that the risk of infection or immune response to the tattoo are simply not worth it. In that case, we can pursue other ways to express our creativity, social affiliations, or lasting memories. ISN.
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