Advice for people thinking of having a tattoo - what to look for when you pick the artist or operator who will do the tattoo. A professional artist practices good hygiene and follows infection control guidelines for sterilisation of equipment.
Many people think that the hardest decisions when deciding on a tattoo are the colour and design and where the tattoo should go. The most important decision is who you get to do your tattoo. A good tattooist or skin piercer knows the potential risks to themselves and their clients from infections.
Hygiene and infection control are an important part of making sure you do not contract any infection such as Hepatitis, HIV or bacterial infections. The greatest potential risk for transmission of infections comes from operators who avoid the notice of professional bodies or the Council. A good operator will be happy to discuss any concerns and fears with you. Many operators are also happy to show you the hygiene procedures they use to make sure you are safe and answer any questions you have about infection
These are signs of a good operator:
Personal cleanliness is a must:
If you develop an infection, seek medial advice. Signs of infection include:
If in doubt, consult your Doctor.