Tattoos have become popular among people of all ages and walks of life. According to Mayo Clinic, a tattoo is a permanent investment that comes with risks and precautions. Before getting a tattoo, you should research what it entails.
- Understand the risks
Because ink is injected underneath the first layer of skin, a tattoo is treated as an open wound and is thus susceptible to infections and other risks. Mayo Clinic lists the specific risks of getting a tattoo applied to the skin: allergic reactions, skin infections and bumps, MRI complications and bloodborne diseases, such as tetanus, HIV and hepatitis, in the case of an infected needle.
- Decide what, where and who
Determine the design and placement of the tattoo. Decide whether to get a simple or elaborate design and whether you want the tattoo to be easily visible or hidden. After committing to the idea, choose an artist and tattoo parlor to administer the tattoo. Artists can be found by going online or into parlors, speaking to artists and looking at pictures of their previous work.
- Understand safety precautions
According to Mayo Clinic, it is important to go to a clean, reputable tattoo parlor to reduce the risks associated with tattoos. Tattoo artists follow safety precautions by wearing gloves, using clean needles and ink and using the proper equipment. Before choosing which parlor to go to, it is important to ask about the safety procedures that the parlor follows and see if they are adequate.