Make sure the place has a good reputation,
perhaps check with the health department to see if there have been any negative
against the shop.
You could check for these:
- Does the artist
sterilize multi-use items?
- Does the artist use single-use sterile disposable needles and tubing?
- Does the artist throwaway leftover ointments, razors, pigments and any
other single use items after completing a tattoo?
- Does the artist wear gloves?
- Are sterile techniques used during the tattoo process?
- Are needles disposed of properly?
- Does the artist wipe down surfaces with a sterilizer after each client?
- Has the artist been vaccinated for Hepatitis B?
- In other words, are Universal Precautions performed, just as they would
(or should be) in a physicianís office?
- From an artistic point of view, have you reviewed the artistís
portfolio? Make sure that the tattoos have sharp lines and smooth edges.
Do NOT try to give
yourself a tattoo. These not only turn out
to look horrendous they are also are far more difficult to remove down the road. The
color pigment are often released at irregular depths within the skin. You can
also stand a
greater risk of developing an infection.
If there is any sign of infection it's NOT a good thing!! For example: redness, oozing, streaking or the appearance of pus
draining from the area. You should get yourself to a doctor right away if this occurs.