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We’re not really sure what to say. These pictures are pretty self-explanatory. If you’re still dumb enough to get a sketchy piercing from an unlicensed amateur in their home after seeing this gallery, then we simply can help you. As the saying goes, you can’t fix stupid. An infection, for those of you who don’t know, is an invasion of body tissue by disease-causing agents that fester and produce toxins in the tissue that hosts them. Infections can be caused numerous ways, not just by bacteria, and if left unchecked they can have lasting negative – even potentially fatal – consequences on your health. Read More »

Unbelievably Infected Tattoos

A while back we posted a gallery about infected tattoos that focused on teaching people about the common warning signs and symptoms to look out for while your tattoo is healing. Everyone loved it so much that we’ve decided to bring you another! We don’t really know why you all flock to see the most disgusting, gut wrenching, near vomit-inducing galleries we have to offer, but never let it be said that Tattoo Artist Magazine doesn’t give the people what they want! We’ve also recently expanded the size of all our galleries, meaning the new infected tattoo gallery featured below also comes stocked with even more pictures than before. Remember, if your tattoo starts looking like any of the tattoos featured in this gallery, or starts showing any of the signs or symptoms we talked about in the last infected tattoos post, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Don’t try to take matters into your own hands; that’s how people ruin their tattoos and end up stuck with unattractive splotches for life. Don’t hesitate to see the doctor either. The infection could potentially cost you your life if left untreated. It’s not the tattoo artist’s responsibility to keep your tattoo infection-free. He or she can’t do anything for you outside of recommending a physician, meaning a trip to the tattoo studio will only serve as a massive waste of time. While rare, sometimes tattoos can get infected even when they’re applied and taken care of properly. There are a lot ... Read More »

Gross Infected Tattoos: The Signs and Symptoms

There’s a reason getting a tattoo hurts. The outer layer of your skin, which serves as your first line of defense against bacterial invasion, is destroyed in the name of body art. This is why fresh tattoos are susceptible to infection, which could easily destroy your tattoo before it’s even ready to be seen if it isn’t properly taken care of. Appropriate tattoo aftercare is the key to staving off infection, but every now and then even the best looked after tattoo gets infected by some inane freak accident of nature. Knowing the signs and symptoms of infection and catching it early is the best way to potentially save your tattoo and health before both are radically ruined. Inflammation – Fresh tattoos tend to feature a bit of swelling accompanied by a pinkish color around the tattooed area. However, if it started to look irregularly pink or red and feels warmer to the touch than the rest of your skin, then your tattoo may be infected. If it radiates heat for three days, seek medical attention ASAP. Swelling – A slight amount of swelling is normal. A large, uncomfortable amount is not. If you start seeing an increasing amount of swelling accompanied by pain outside the tattooed area, seek medical attention ASAP. Discharge – All tattoos produce ooze as the skin goes through the motions of healing itself, but that ooze should be clear and over with after about 48 hours. If it’s yellow or green and lasts longer than ... Read More »

The Dangers of Shopping for Price: scratchers, infections and bad tattoos

With tattoos becoming increasing popular by the day, the dangers associated with getting tattoos are also increasing. While most adults are already aware of these dangers, very few teenagers seem to realize what’s at risk. Often, it’s much more than just a bad patch of inked skin. Yet bargain-shoppers in the tattoo world can’t seem to keep sound reason in mind when they shop for price, rather than quality of technique, cleanliness AND artistry. This blog serves as a reminder for people who pass on reputable tattoo studios and opt for a subpar tattoo artist working out of an unsanitary shop or worse, from home. The dangers of getting a tattoo from unreliable studios and scratchers are as follows. An Unsafe Environment Most scratchers work out of kitchens, living rooms and basements. The fact that they lack professional equipment like the mandatory autoclave means that they cannot properly ensure your safety. And they do NOT care. Given that even professional tattoo artists use disposable tubes now, this is actually a positive thing. But really, tubes aren’t the only things that matter and a scratcher is unlicensed, untrained in cross-contamination, blood-borne pathogens, or legally responsible for any the numerous requirements set by an insurance company willing to make themselves responsible for a professional tattooists actions and inactions. The Risk of Cross Contamination Simply wearing latex gloves doesn’t make the practice sanitary. In fact, tattooing while wearing gloves for prolonged periods of time can also cause contamination. Unless precautions are taken, everything ... Read More »

FDA sides with your parents, says tattoos hurt, could cause infection

By Pete Kasperowicz The Food and Drug Administration is warning people that getting a tattoo comes with several risks, including the possibility of being infected with HIV or hepatitis, allergic reactions, and other skin problems. And if you ever decide to remove your tattoo later, the FDA is warning about “pain and high costs.”   The FDA’s warning focused on women who get tattoos for “beauty, self-expression or cultural events.” It explained that tattoos can be done by injecting ink into your skin, injecting henna, or by getting a temporary tattoo. FDA said that because of the risk of infections, scarring or other problems, the FDA “has not approved any inks for injecting into your skin.” FDA has also not approved the injection of henna or hair dye into people’s skin. The FDA said it does not regulate tattoo parlors, but does monitor problems associated with tattoos — problems can be reported by calling 1-800-332-1088. The agency said removing tattoos is not easy. “You may not be able to completely remove your tattoo,” it said. “You could get a scar when you remove your tattoo.” There are other more complicated methods for removing them as well. “Tattoos can sometimes be removed by cutting out the tattooed skin then sewing the skin back together,” it said. “Other times, the skin can be sanded down to remove the tattoo.” The FDA indicated that least painful and easiest to remove option is the temporary tattoo, like the ones found in Cracker Jack ... Read More »

FDA: Contaminated tattoo ink causing infections

This is why you SHOULD NOT get tattooed at home or by a scratcher. Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe. Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc. recalled inks in in-home tattoo kits after testing confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles. At least one skin infection has been linked to the company’s products, and FDA officials say they are aware of other reports of infections linked to tattoo inks with similar packaging. Infections from tattooing are nothing new. Hepatitis, staph infections and even the superbug known as MRSA have been tied to tattoos. Dirty needles and unsanitary environments are often to blame. But people getting tattoos can get infections in the skin even in the cleanest conditions. The ink can carry bacteria that can spread through the bloodstream – a process known as sepsis. Symptoms are fever, shaking chills and sweats, and the risk is particularly high for anyone with pre-existing heart or circulatory conditions. Less severe infections may involve bumps on the skin, discharge, redness, swelling, blisters or excessive pain at the site. And you may not be out of the woods for a while: The FDA says it has received reports of bad reactions to tattoo inks right after tattooing as well as years later. The FDA says it is concerned that consumers and tattoo artists may have some of ... Read More »

The real cost of a cheap tattoo

Source: Unlicensed tattoo artists often work from their homes, sometimes offering customers designs for little more than a tenner. But if they are not sterilising equipment properly, the real cost could be much greater. Blood borne infections such as Hepatitis B or C and HIV can be transmitted through contaminated needles, and the symptoms can remain hidden for years. Even if it is not that serious, painful infections can scar the skin.   Unregistered tattooists, or scratchers, are hard to trace, so Hartlepool Council has become the first in the country to introduce hygiene rating systems for tattoo studios. They hope that by promoting the legitimate businesses, they will raise awareness of the risks, and let customers know where they can go to be safe. Read More »

Illegal tattoo artist who used a dirty toothbrush to clean his equipment is jailed after huge Alice in Wonderland etching leaves a woman’s back covered in scars

By: Professionals:  Thoughts on this??  Please comment… Nicki Tony Newlands drank while working in unsanitary conditions in his kitchen Court hears he used Old Spice stick deodorant to affix stencil transfer Environmental health officials acted after complaint from disgruntled customer She was left in agony after huge fairytale tattoo became infected Newlands was jailed for four months and had £1,000 of tattoo tools seized An unlicensed tattooist has been jailed after his botched Alice In Wonderland etching across a young woman’s back left her in agonising pain and scarred for life. Tony Newlands worked in unsanitary conditions in the kitchen of his home in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a lack of sterilising equipment created a serious risk of infection, a court heard. He improvised around a lack of suitable equipment by using a ‘dirty’ toothbrush to clean his tattooing tools and an Old Spice deodorant stick to apply stencil transfers to customers. Newlands’ illegal enterprise hit the skids after an inept attempt at an Alice In Wonderland tattoo which spanned most the back of a young woman in her 20s. After two sessions on the detailed design, the  woman was unable to bear the pain and asked him to stop. She fell sick when the etching got infected and was left with ugly scars. At Carlisle Magistrates Court, Newlands admitted a single offence of failing to ensure his customers were not exposed to risk under health and safety law. Clare Liddle, prosecuting for Carlisle City Council, described how Newlands’ victim ... Read More »