Many people are drawn to the thought of getting tattoos. It is certainly tantalizing to have a piece of unique art on your body. However, great care and research should be undertaken before letting someone ink something on your skin that is permanent. If you choose to go down that path, it is always advisable to think long and hard about what you want. Sure, it can be a neat conversation piece, but the truth is it will be there forever – and getting tattoos requires a certain level of commitment. And keep in mind that there are risks involved, including the big and realistic risks of coming in contact with others’ blood. That contact could contain a bloodborne pathogen that can lead to serious diseases, some of which can be fatal.
HIV, hepatitis B, and the hepatitis C virus are a few examples of blood borne illnesses. They are extremely dangerous especially if they are undetected for a period of time or go untreated. Although they can be picked up other ways, needle sticks are one of the most common forms of transmission. Other risks include coming into contact with dried blood on equipment or blood splashes in eyes or nose or mouth. Tattoo equipment should be sterilized properly to reduce your risks – and the shop should be able to tell you every step of the process regarding how their equipment is sterilized.
One of the best ways to stay safe and get the artwork you desire is to ask around to family and friends for both recommendations of people they have gone to and people to avoid. Ask people who have tattoos you admire where they had their work done. Get the names of some multiple shops and talk to some different tattoo artists. You may eventually find that one or two names are commonly mentioned as good places to go. When you find some you can trust based on referrals and skill of what they can produce, visit the shop and talk to the artists. And verifying cleanliness and sanitation standards of business or artist is always recommended – after all, your life depends on it.