Professional tattoos are applied with a needle not unlike that of a sewing machine. The needle puts ink into the mid dermis of the skin. Most inks and pigments are from non-sterile bottles, but there are sterile bottles available in some shops. People that get hepatitis from being inked get it from the ink bottles not the needle. You will not be able to donate blood for one year after getting tattooed, it could take that long for HIV and hepatitis to show up in blood work.
Things You’ll Need:
- Proffesional tattoo artist.
- Refrences for the artist
- Your design
Stay Sterile: The tattoo artist should always wear gloves, and your skin should be cleaned with a antibacterial solution. Even if your tattoo artist thinks her tattoo machine is spotless it isn’t. Because the pigment is not sterile bacteria and viruses can contaminate the machine and give you HIV or hepatitis. People who get inked are nine times more likely to get hepatitis C than those who don’t.
Think About the Future: You will want to think twice about getting a tattoo in a visible area. How are you going to tell your kids to “just say no” when you have a pot leaf tattooed on the side of your neck? Employers also can see these billboards on your face, knuckles, neck etc. Even the best tattoo artist will tell you this. Go for spots that are more easily concealed.
Taking Care: Your tattoo is a big open sore for at least a week after you have been inked. Keep it clean, dry and apply Neosporin twice a day for the week. If the sore still hurts after a week see a doctor.
Tattoo Removal: You have decided that you cant get a job after all with that leaf on your neck. Tattoos can be removed but it leaves scars, is very painful, and takes many treatments to be effective.