Fla. — Responding to a growing concern about the health
risks of tattoo parties, Florida health department officials
are warning residents against unsafe tattoo practices.
who want to get a tattoo should only use licensed tattoo
artists, say officials, who also advise against participating
in local tattoo parties where unlicensed activity is common.
parties are events where someone hires an unlicensed person or
business to provide tattoos for their guests," said Dr.
Kevin Sherin, director of the Florida Department of Health in
Orange County. "They often occur inside homes or hotel
rooms using inexperienced artists. They are very popular with
minors looking for an inexpensive tattoo without their parent’s
types of events are illegal in Florida. Licensed professionals
will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18, officials said.
tattoo activity may be unsanitary, particularly if the artists
don’t were protective gloves or use unsterile equipment,
said Dr. Bonnie Sorensen, director of the Volusia County,
Fla., health department.
needles and sharing ink between customers is common, said
officials. Sometimes ink may not be safe for the skin.
some other complications that are more likely to occur if the
tattoo artist is unlicensed:
Tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV are some of the
diseases that can be transmitted by contaminated blood on
Life-threatening skin infections, including MRSA, are
possible, as well as other kinds of infections.
Bumps, called granulomas, can form around tattoo ink.
Tattooing can also lead to keloids — raised areas of scar
reactions. Tattoo dyes, especially red, green, yellow and
blue, can cause allergic skin reactions. This can occur even
years after the tattoo is placed.
reduce these risks, health officials recommend these tattoo
get tattooed in someone’s house or in a hotel room.
go to permitted and inspected shops that hire licensed tattoo
proceeding, ask to see the artist’s license.
that the artist is using only new needles, and that unused ink
is discarded after the tattoo is over.
sure your artist washes his hands, sanitizes the work surface,
wears gloves and uses protective barriers on equipment and
work surfaces while doing your tattoo.
believe you have contracted an illness related to a tattoo at
a tattooing party, call your doctor and contact your nearest