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More Than A Temporary Matter. INTERESTING FACTS:. Tattooing injects ink into the skin by an electrically powered tattoo machine. A solid needle punctures the skin between 50-30,000 times per minute!. Tattoo ink being deposited into the dermis.

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More than a temporary matter

More ThanA TemporaryMatter



  • Tattoo ink being deposited into the dermis.



Diseases from tattooing

DISEASES FROM TATTOOING powered tattoo machine. A solid needle punctures the skin between 50-30,000 times per minute!


  • As long as the tattoo artist follows correct sterilization and sanitation procedures, the risk of contracting a disease is relatively low.

  • But the truth is, diseases can be contracted (and some can be fatal). Here are common diseases from tattooing:

    • Hepatitis (this is a common one; can cause liver failure)

    • HIV (no documented cases in professional tattoo parlors)

    • Syphilis

    • Allergic reactions to tattoo ink (FDA doesn’t regulate inks)

    • Tuberculosis


Some things to ponder

SOME THINGS TO PONDER… and sanitation procedures, the risk of contracting a disease is relatively low.

Sure, that tattoo is cute now, but what will it look like 50 years from now?!


  • A tattoo is and sanitation procedures, the risk of contracting a disease is relatively low.permanent; this means you have it for life!

  • Tattoos aren’t one size fits all!! Discuss size and color with your tattoo artist to achieve the look you want.

  • When ‘shopping’ around, don’t shop for price, shop for quality! Quality and safety are going to cost more, you’re paying for a more experienced artist and better tattoo.

  • DO look for artists affiliated with professional organizations—these artists are often more familiar with current trends, innovations and safety issues.




But what do i ask before getting my tattoo

BUT WHAT DO I ASK BEFORE GETTING MY TATTOO? professional—just like a medical facility.


  • Ask, does each client get professional—just like a medical facility.new needles? Each client should get new needles to prevent the spread of infection (just like in a doctor’s office).

  • How are other parts of the tattoo machine cleaned? They should be cleaned in an autoclave (a machine used in hospitals to clean surgical tools).

  • Does the tattooist wear gloves?

  • Does the tattooist ask the client about any significant medical history? (This helps decrease spread of blood-borne diseases).


  • Autoclave (sterilizes tattoo machine tools).

  • Various types of tattoo needles (come in different sizes-like paint brushes).


  • Does the artist have a portfolio of his/her work? professional—just like a medical facility.

  • Even better, does the artist have references?

  • Remember, no artistic ability is needed to be a tattoo ‘artist!’

  • What is the artists’ experience and qualifications in the tattoo field?

  • Observe the artist at work…



  • Insist that you WHAT??see the tattoo artist remove a new needle and tube set-up from a sealed sterile package immediately prior to beginning.

  • Be certain you see your tattooist pour new ink into individual disposable containers—this prevents contamination of the ink.

  • Observe the tattoo artist wash his/her hands before beginning your tattoo.

  • Make sure the artist puts on a new pair of disposable gloves before setting up tubes, needles, and ink supplies.

  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions while getting tattooed. A good artist will describe the process as he/she performs the tattooing procedure.


  • New razor to shave where tattoo will be.

  • Plastic bags over intruments to decrease infections.

  • Clean cloth to cover tray

  • Small separate ink containers to prevent contamination.



  • A professional tattoo parlor will give you a sheet of printed ‘after care’ instructions—they give this out for a reason!

  • Improper after care of a tattoo can increase the risks of infection, and can permanently damage the image of the tattoo.

  • Avoid exposing the tattoo to direct sunlight (avoid tanning)!

  • Keep the tattoo properly cleaned using a mild antibiotic soap.

  • Don’t pick at the scab and avoid rubbing the area (this allows for proper healing).

  • For more in depth instructions ask your tattoo artist, or check out www.science.howstuffworks.com/tattoo.htm


Okay, so you think that if you don’t like your tattoo you can just get it removed? You may want to think again…


  • Laser removal of tattoo


  • Tattoo removal is usually performed with lasers, and is considered a cosmetic procedure (not covered by health insurance).

  • Removal costs $200 and up per session

  • It can take anywhere from 40 or more sessions for the tattoo to fade.

  • Yellow and red inks are the hardest to remove; black is the easiest. But no matter what, there will most likely always be remnants of the tattoo left behind.

  • The feeling of tattoo removal is equivalent of have a hot iron placed on your skin


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