Tattoos and Health – Knowing is Half the Battle

It is important to take care of your health every step of the way! Because of stereotypes, beliefs, and idiots (for lack of a better way of describing them), tattoo shops are often heavily scrutinized when it comes to health and safety.  

The reality is that those stereotypes and outdated beliefs, though once holding validation are now outdated.  Unfortunately, idiots will always be around but as far as we can tell, it is symptomatic of humanity and not exclusive to tattoo artist

s or collectors.  That being said, we take professionalism and tattooing safely very seriously at our Hawaii Tattoo studio.  Tattoo Adam, Owner and President of 434 Tattoo, was trained in the traditional arts while also continually studying and growing to stay up to date with new laws and innovations.

At the end of the day, a good Tattoo Artist, cares about her/his work and will do what is necessary to see that it heals nicely because the customer wears the work for Life, with little option to get rid of the piece, nor should the goal be to get a tattoo removed or covered up.  Life changes and people change, but when one is inked, the Artist leaves an essence of her/his Spirit with the customer and that’s pretty special.

Mumbo jumbo aside, we want to take the time to share some important information with you, so that you can make an informed decisions throughout your selection of a Tattooist, through the process itself, and the tattoo-aftercare.

Read on and enjoy!

FDA Report – Tattoo Inks

Some tattoo inks are tainted with non-tuberculous Mycobacteria. 

Mycobacteria is very serious and the cause of grave infections, which includes lung diseases, eye problems, several organ infections, and infection of the joints, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) informed recently.

The Agency followed that disclosure up with the fact that Mycobacteria-linked infections are not easy to diagnose and canrequire treatment that may be as long as six months.

The FDA says it has received reports of serious infections which started coming in last year (2013) in multiple states.

The Agency is asking that all people l involved in the tattoo industry, including artists, manufacturers of tattoo ink, consumers, as well as health care professionals, public health officials to be aware of this potential infection risk.

To be cont.

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