Tattoo News: Beware Bad Ink

We recently did an article on the safety of tattoo inks and wanted to follow that up with some more information that was brought to our attention to keep you, our valued customer and fan, taken care of.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported that there has been a number of reports of skin infections and the source has been confirmed and traced back to a bad batch of tattoo ink.  The following quote taken from another article, goes into more detail:

“After an investigation, officials traced the bad tattoo ink back to three different types of Catfish Carl’s Realistic Washes in Arizona. The maker, 4 Forty 4 Tattoo of Tucson then recalled the batches after officials learned they were contaminated with the bacteria behind the skin outbreaks.”

It is important to note that this is an excruciating circumstance, and great precautions are taken to protect the client by your tattoo artists.  Our team in our Hawaii Tattoo shop in particular undergoes extensive training and licensing as mandated by Hawaii Tattoo Laws.  Whether the ink is bad or not, it is also very important that the customer be mindful of proper tattoo after-care.

Something else that the article goes onto to state that you can apply to Life in general can be summed up as:

If you get a bad feeling, you should leave.

Whether it’s a tattoo shop, a relationship, a job, whatever, if you don’t feel so good about something, it’s probably best to “hele on” as they say here in Hawaii.

From your friends here at 434 Tattoo who just want to keep you posted in all the happenings in the tattoo industry, the good, the bad, the ugly, take care, and don’t be afraid to ask your artist questions.

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii



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