There’s A Health Risk When It Comes To Getting Tattoos

Many of us are unaware of the dangers that can come with getting inked. When it’s done in a safe manner, by a professional, there’s nothing to fear. Sadly, this isn’t the case for some people. Customers get too worried about saving money, and aren’t worried enough about the consequences of doing so. When you want a safe tattoo, and a great looking one, you need to know about the risks involved in a cheap, unlicensed tattoo artist. The main health risk associated with tattoos?

tattoo-4Inferior paint. This happens to be a huge problem in the inking world. This is especially the case for prison tattoos. If you are injected with a lead based dye, it’ll have serious health consequences. For starters, you won’t be able to go into an MRI machine without being in total agony. The metals react with each other’s. Another reason why lead paint can be a health risk is obvious. It lead to serious mental issues, and physical problems in children, as well as adults. Did you know lead can lower your IQ? Your brain hates the stuff, and will not function properly when being exposed to it. Look up lead poisoning if you’d like to know more about the physical consequences of it that can happen to both adults and children.

Dirty needles tend to circulate when people get their tattoo from a shady place. You don’t want your tattoo guy to use a needle he’s just used on twelve other guys. A lot of illnesses can be transported through needles. I’m sure you don’t want HIV. Many people get infected each year through a dirty needle. Even when it’s done by a professional, who uses all the safety measures in the world, there can still be a health risk. Not everyone’s body reacts to the dye in a positive way. If something’s going wrong, and you had the tattoo done by a professional, it’s probably not his fault. Everyone’s body is different, and will react to the ink in different ways. It’s important to seek medical attention right away when faced with a problem which is tattoo related.

tattoo-3Lead poisoning can be fatal, and especially dangerous if you’re caring a child. Loads of doctors, and other medical professions are happy to get you back to normal, free of judgement. You might have a law suit if the tattoo artist’s negligence was the reason why you were infected with HIV. The only way you’ll be able to stand a chance is if the tattoo artist is certified, and legitimate. They’re different rules for every state. It’s important to look up the rules for yours, to see if there was negligence involved that you could get compensation for. Most people who get tattoos don’t experience any problems. It shouldn’t be something to expect, you’ll just need to deal with it once it happens. I’m sure you’ll be able too.

Best of luck to you. I know you’ll love your new ink, at least, I hope so.

Getting Your First Tattoo: How To Prepare For Getting A Tattoo

Tattoos were once only worn by sailors, bikers and outlaws. Thankfully, this has now changed. People all over the world are using tattoos to express themselves.

Getting Your First Tattoo: Getting Started

tattoo-1People who have never gotten a tattoo may feel overwhelmed at the thought of getting their first. This is only natural, it is a big decision and most newbies will not know how to get started. Listed below are several steps consumers should take before they get their first tattoo. As with everything in life, safety is paramount.

  • Get up to date with immunization shots. In particular, tetanus and hepatitis.
  • Learn about the signs of tattoo infection so that they can be treated quickly if they occur.
  • Anybody who has a medical condition should ask their doctor if they have any special concerns or need to take precautions beforehand.
  • Those who have keloids should avoid getting tattoos altogether as excess scar tissue may make the tattooed area look unattractive.
  • Think of a design and make sure that it is something that the wearer will love for a long time. Ideally, the wearer will feel comfortable enough to discuss their tattoo with others as they will get questions if it is in a visible place.
  • Make a rough sketch of the design. The tattoo artist can do the rest.
  • Think about where on the body the tattoo will be placed. The design needs to fit the size of the body part. For instance, a wrist tattoo will need to be very small.

Getting Your First Tattoo: Find a Good Tattoo Artist

  • tattoo-2Using the right tattoo artist can be the difference between a good tattoo and a bad one. The best tattoo artists will have the following attributes:
  • A transparent pricing structure. Most tattooists charge by the tattoo or by the hour. Agreeing on the price beforehand will save the consumer nasty surprises in the future.
  • A good reputation. Tattooists who are good at their job are well-known in their industry. In fact, some of them are even famous!
  • Follows legal hygiene requirements. All equipment should be sterilized and a fresh needle needs to be used for the tattoo.
  • Is licensed.
  • Is able to provide a portfolio of his or her previous work. Portfolios give consumers an opportunity to see how good the tattooist’s artwork is on the skin.

Getting Your First Tattoo: Being Practical

If the consumer’s desired tattoo artist lives far away, the consumer should not hesitate to travel. A few hours drive is worth the trip, the last thing a consumer wants is a tattoo that he or she is not happy with. Finally, consumers should not hesitate to leave if the studio or tattoo artist makes them feel uncomfortable. Tattoos are forever and if the consumer has any hesitation, he or she should take some time to think or choose a new tattoo artist.

Jay Wells – Red Koi Tattoos and Piercings

“You’ve handled their blood… there’s really nothing more personal than that,” says Jay Wells, owner of Red Koi Tattoos And Piercings. That statement alone reflects perfectly the dedication, commitment, personality and uniqueness that shines through Wells’s artwork, his personal life, home life and pretty much everything else he chooses to pursue.

Owner of the Red Koi Tattoos And Piercings, father of four and a personal friend, Wells has found how not to separate business, family and friendship, but how to perfectly incorporate all three into his every day life. Whether it be taking care of his kids, hanging out with his friends or dealing with disgruntled members of the public, I have never witnessed a more consistently real and awesome dad, friend and mentor.

Red Koi Tattoos And Piercings had its grand opening in April 2011 and it meant serenity for Jay Wells, as he finally has his own artistic sanctuary where he can perpetuate the true meaning behind tattooing and what it means to be privileged to have one.

“Once you get a tattoo, you’ve evolved… belonging now to a new tribe of people, you’ve taken the risk and made the commitment,” says Wells.

Kelly Mcrae, Skin Dimensions

“Art is my life and my life is art.”
I started out as junior artist in a screen printing shop doing logos and lettering at 17. I did freelance art for various companies, including product design. I bought my first machine in late 1994 and started my apprenticeship in early 1996 at Skin Dimensions. I made custom tattoo machines from 1998 to 2003.

In 2003, my business partner Dennis Poncik and I bought the tattoo shop from the family that opened it in 1992. My life as an artist/tattooer has been fulfilling, at times artistically challenging and as an owner, sometimes frustrating.

I have been tattooing for 17 years and hopefully [will be] for another 17. I am proud of what we do at our shop. We have two other talented artists, Claire Beland and Jay Primeau, who have made my shop a great place to come and get your work done. My clients push my creativity and that’s why I am thankful.

In 2012 we celebrate our 20th year in business. I have another milestone to be happy about…

Thanks again,
Kelly Mcrae