You may have noticed that more and more people are using tattoos as forms of self-ornamentation and artistic expression. As the popularity of tattooing grows, you may be considering getting one…or two. Great! However, you should educate yourself on safety factors and potential psychological issues first.
Safety Concerns in the Tattoo World
Some folks are completely unaware of the safety risks that go along with getting body art. However, you would be wise to know accepted standards in the tattoo industry. Be aware that while the Food and Drug Administration monitors the type of ink used in tattoo parlors across the country, they do not regulate any other aspect of it. No certifications are required of tattoo artists by the FDA.
Tattoo parlors follow the rules set by their local government, typically cities or counties. You should definitely look for a location that is at least as clean as you want your doctor’s office to be. Obviously, this should make you weary of backyard tattoo ‘artists’ working with sketchy materials and homemade guns. Using a subpar tattooing facility or someone who does this work on the side is begging for trouble.
Using a clean, professional tattoo parlor greatly reduces your risks of catching infection. However, there is still a slim chance of exposure in the most sterile of facilities. Staph, warts and hepatitis are all common infections associated with tattooing.
Be proactive and ask to see the tools that will be used on your body. Believe me, a professional artist is not going to mind if you do this. It is a good indication to leave immediately if your tattooist becomes upset over this small request.
- The ink that she or he is using on you should be in small, one-person sized pots. This ink should never be used on anyone else before, and should never be used on anyone else again.
- Needles must be brand new. You will know that they are if they are in their original packaging.
- Your artist should wear gloves throughout the whole procedure – no exceptions.
Prepare Your Mind for the Process
Tattooing is at least a little bit invasive, and that is why there are risks in the first place. More or less, a needle will be used to go through the first layer of your skin to deposit ink into the second layer. Consider the following when thinking of getting a tattoo.
- It is painful, and where you get your tattoo and your pain tolerance determine just how bad it will be for you.
- You should expect some bleeding.
- There is the possibility of allergic reaction, although this is not common.
- Consider that you may regret the tattoo sooner or later.
You might be thinking, as many people do, that if you hate your tattoo you can just get it removed. However, Astanza Laser wants to remind you that tattoo removal is no joke. It’s just as permanent as getting a tattoo in the first place.