You can prevent problems from developing
at your tattoo site. Review the following guidelines and information before
making your decision to tattoo a part of your body.
Do not get a tattoo while under the influence of alcohol or
tetanus shot before your tattooing if you have not had
one in the past 10 years.
Choose an experienced person who uses
sterile gloves and sterilized equipment to do the tattoo. Ask the person doing
the tattoo how he or she cleans the equipment and what
safety standards he or she follows. Sterile gloves and
sterilized equipment should be used. A fresh pair of gloves should be used for
each procedure. Make sure that the operator
washes his or her hands before putting on the gloves.
Ask the operator to change his or her gloves if he or she answers the telephone
or does anything else during your procedure.
Check the studio and
see whether it looks clean. Ask the operator about sterilizing techniques and
If you think you may
want to have your tattoo removed at a later date—dark blue, black, and red are
the easiest colors to remove with lasers. Bright colors—blue, green, and
yellow—are hard, if not impossible, to remove.
If you have had
allergic reaction to tattoo dye in the past, do not
get any more tattoos. Be sure your health professionals know about these
Wear medical alert jewelry such as a
MedicAlert tag if you have had an allergic reaction after a
If you have had an allergic reaction to the
henna used in a temporary tattoo, you have a higher
chance of developing a skin reaction to hair dye. Mix up a small amount of the
dye solution and paint it on a small patch of skin, such as the inside of your
wrist, to see if you are going to have a reaction to it. Do not use the hair
dye if your skin turns red or itches.
Check with your city or county health department to
find out whether there have been any complaints about the studio you are
thinking of using.