Science unveils sinister side to tattoo craze
There is solid science to show that many of the inks used in tattoos contain carcinogens. This means people are having cancer-producing particles injected directly into their skin.
But oddly enough, they are not developing skin cancers. One explanation is that these particles are stable. If they were not stable, the tattoo would not be permanent.
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A much greater risk of transmitting HCV with prison or street tattoos
“A few major research studies have not shown Hepatitis C to be spread through licensed, commercial tattooing facilities. However, transmission of Hepatitis C (and other infectious diseases) is possible when poor infection-control practices are used during tattooing or piercing. Body art is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and unregulated tattooing and piercing are known to occur in prisons and other informal or unregulated settings. Further research is needed to determine if these types of settings and exposures are responsible for Hepatitis C virus transmission.”1
These safety tips should also be followed with all types of body modifications
Check with friends for recommendations to shops that practice safe tattooing. Visit the tattoo parlor before committing to a tattoo and ask questions about safety procedures.
Ask the artist or owner of the parlor if you can observe a customer getting a tattoo and check to make sure that the artist is carefully following the standard safety precautions listed above. If the artist is reluctant to answer questions about safety practices, shop around for another tattoo parlor that is more willing to talk.
Another basic rule is to shop around for an artist based on their experience and knowledge and to stay away from any artist or shop that advertises “low-cost” or “bargain tattoos.” The price of the artist should be a reflection of their experience, knowledge and artistry. As consumers we should all be careful about safety practices and make it our responsibility to keep it safe.