Don't get a nice tattoo get a safe tattoo.

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 17th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Youth & Beauty>Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Tattoos are stylish and a great when you are young but can you imagine wearing some of these tattoos and seventy or eighty years?

Tatoos should be done by a licensed professional

This may be another question of buyer beware. For the last decade there has been a surge of tattoo styling and body piercing especially among young people. People get the most discreet tattoo to full body tattoos and the trend does not look like it is about to end anytime soon. However, if you are going to get a tattoo make sure you get one from a licensed tattoo parlor.

Health risk

The Alberta government had to close down seven unlicensed tattoo parlours. Beware of home parlours with people professing to have the ability to give a good tattoo, the health risk is too big if these tattoo places are not licensed and approved by the health board of your state or province. There is also the risk of infection from dirty needles, HIV and aids, from some of shadier establishments. Don’t think because you get a cheap tattoo no matter how well it might look that you are getting a good tattoo. These places must be thoroughly checked out. The Alberta Health Department closed their parlours when there were reports of poor sterilization practices. Dr. Judy MacDonald, medical health officer warns about the exchange of blood from the piercing and that can be transmitting aids if the equipment is not properly sterilized.


For Montrealers it is crucial that you go to a licensed tattoo parlour to get the tattoo you want and rest assured that parlour meets government code. Find out if the parlour is licensed. Just asking your friends is not a good enough inquiry, there is no guarantee that your friends have any knowledge of whether the parlour is up to standard or not.


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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
17th Jan 2015 (#)

I think this applies regardless of where you are located, as anywhere a service is wanted, there will be those who are willing to take shortcuts. Saving a bit of money in the short term is not always that economical in the long term, factoring in health care expenses.

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author avatar Harris Mungai
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Good advice here Carol.let everyone know this risks before embarking on this.

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author avatar Butterfly38
14th Jun 2015 (#)

I considered having a tattoo done a while back.I decided not to do it in the end. I like my skin the way it is and the risks of ruining that are too high. The other thing is, the cost of treatment to have one removed is expensive, and can still leave scarring.

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