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

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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

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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 »

FDA Warning on Contaminated Tattoo Ink and the Risk of Infection


Courtesy of the FDA: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting tattoo artists, ink and pigment manufacturers, public health officials, health care professionals, and consumers that some tattoo inks, and the pigments used to color them, can become contaminated by bacteria, mold, and fungus. Contaminated inks are known to have caused serious infections in people in at least five states over the past year.  Read More »

For the Record: Pigment and Mixing Colors


Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: Pigment In the beginning, all tattoos were done in black. Once the caveman had fire, they had soot, that when mixed with water turned into a pigment that could be pushed into the skin. Henry Ford’s comment about his Model-T comes to mind, “You could get it in any color you wanted as long as it was black.” Black was the only pigment in tattooing for centuries… Read More »

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