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Jul 19

Skin Deep: What You Need to Know about Tattoos

Posted By iamincontrol | July 19, 2018

A tattoo is a design on the body made by repeatedly inserting colored dye into the skin with a needle. If you’re thinking about one now or later, there are some important things to understand. Tattoos are permanent and laser removal can cost a lot. Some work places do not welcome tattoos, so it’s important to think about where a tattoo would be on your body and how easy it would be to cover. Legal restrictions are also important to consider – Iowa law does not allow people under the age of 18 to get a tattoo.

Tattoos also come with risks. Diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and skin infections can be passed through unclean, reused equipment. Some things to ask about prior to getting a tattoo include:

  • Are the artist and the studio both licensed?
  • Does the artist use new disposable gloves with each new person?
  • Does the studio have and use sterilization techniques such as an autoclave (a machine that uses steam, pressure, and heat to sterilize)?
  • Do their needles come from sealed, sterile containers?

Remember, you are in control. If you don’t get the answers you need, if you feel uncomfortable, or if anything looks unclean, you can find a different place for a tattoo.

For more info about tattoos, see https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/safe-tattooing.html