7 Tips for an Accident Free Tattoo

Tattoos should be a gorgeous form of self expression – not a dangerous health risk. If you or someone you know has been injured, or suffered serious illness from getting a tattoo, talk to a personal injury lawyer about your situation.

Thinking about getting a tattoo? Being selective matters. Follow these tips for finding an artist that not only can execute the vision for your artwork – but also has best practices

Austin’s Tattoo Fascination

Austin has about 7.5 tattoo shops for every 100,000 people. Shows like Ink Master on Spike, Miami Ink, Tattoo conventions, and just a trip to Barton Springs or Volente Beach will reveal just how mainstream ink really is. Though most go without injury, safety issues and quality of ink concerns still crop up.

In August of 2015, the FDA released warnings about an ink manufactured by a company called “A Thousand Virgins.” When tested, the FDA found bacteria, mold, and human pathogens. Symptoms for those infected could be serious – even sepsis, a potentially life-threatening body-wide infection of the blood. There’s a real need for caution when the the injury could be serious.

7 Tips to Avoid Injury

Consumers could be at risk, but taking some of the right precautions can prevent injury and ensure your lifelong investment comes with no regrets.

  1. Find a tattoo artist that uses single use kits. Make sure that the disposable needles and tubes are individually packaged, dated, and sealed in the kit. Watch your tattoo artist remove a fresh needle and tube from its sealed envelope immediately before your session.
  2. Double check that your tattoo parlor is fully licensed in the state of TX, and that your tattoo artist has enough experience. This isn’t like a bad haircut, no amount of time will make it go away.
  3. Feel confident that your tattoo parlor is playing by the rules. They should be getting to know you too – for instance that you of legal age to get a tattoo ( 18). Expect to be asked a series of questions about your medical history and any allergies you may have.
  4. Take the time to visit the store, and watch a procedure before you go in for your appointment. Use this as an opportunity to make sure that the tattoo artist does not touch unsterile surfaces and tools while working. Check for the use of disposable gloves, and sterile disposable towels for every procedure. Check to see how clean the work environment is. Red signals could be blood splatter, or a lack of red “sharps disposal containers.”
  5. Find out where your ink came from. Where was it manufactured, and where was it purchased? Has the artist ever used the brand of ink on themselves? Earlier this year the FDA released a warning about an ink sold by a company called “A Thousand Virgins” warning consumers harmful pathogens were found in the ink. When tested, the FDA found contamination with a human pathogen, Mycobacterium chelonae, as well as Microbacterium organisms and two varieties of mold.
  6. Make sure the inks used on your body are made of nonmetallic organic pigments.
  7. Finally, if you see any sign of irritation (redness, swelling, or drainage of pus) make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

A tattoo parlor may be held liable when something goes wrong with your tattoo. If you have fallen ill due to an infection related to your tattoo, contact an Austin personal injury lawyer; Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn will be happy to evaluate your case quickly and without cost. Call us at 512-474-0222, use the live chat on our website, fill out the form on this page, or email info@mcminnlaw.com