FDA Advises Consumers, Tattoo Artists, and Retailers to Avoid …

FDA Advises Consumers, Tattoo Artists, and Retailers to Avoid Using or Selling Certain Tattoo Inks Contaminated with Microorganisms

This Safety Alert was updated on May 21. It was originally published on May 17.

Audience

  • Consumers who are considering a new tattoo
  • Tattoo artists
  • Retailers of tattoo inks

Product

The following tattoo inks have been voluntarily recalled because they are contaminated with microorganisms:

  • Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics (all lots distributed from 8/6/2018 through 10/1/2018) – Recall Completion Date 5/17/2019
  • Dynamic Color – Black tattoo ink manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc (lots 12024090 and 12026090)
  • Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink manufactured by Color Art Inc. (dba Solid Ink) (dba Antone’s Ink) (lot 10.19.18)

Purpose

The FDA is alerting consumers, tattoo artists, and retailers of the potential for serious injury from use of tattoo inks that are contaminated with bacteria. Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into the skin during a tattooing procedure, since there is an increased risk of infection any time the skin barrier is broken.

Commonly reported symptoms of tattoo-ink-associated infections include the appearance of rashes or lesions consisting of red papules in areas where the contaminated ink has been applied. Some tattoo infections can result in permanent scarring. Indications of an infection can be difficult to recognize as other conditions (e.g., allergic reactions) may initially have similar signs and symptoms, leading to misdiagnosis and ineffective treatments.

Summary of Problem and Scope

The FDA has become aware of contaminated tattoo inks through its FY2018-2019 inspections of distributors and manufacturers, routine surveys of marketed tattoo inks, and subsequent microbiological analysis of sampled tattoo inks. The FDA has identified 6 tattoo inks contaminated with bacteria harmful to human health and is working with the manufacturers/distributors to remove all contaminated product from the market. The tattoo inks were manufactured or distributed by 4 firms inspected under an ongoing assignment. Tattoo inks were analyzed using methods described in the Bacteriological Analytical Manual Chapter 23: Microbiological Methods for Cosmetics, which is the general method used to determine bacterial contamination of cosmetics.

Recommendations for Consumers

Ask the tattoo artist or studio about the tattoo inks they use and avoid the recalled tattoo inks listed above, due to risk of infection and injury.

Recommendations for Tattoo Artists, and Retailers

Avoid using or selling the recalled tattoo inks mentioned above, due to risk of infection and injury.

FDA Actions

The FDA will continue to work with manufacturers and retailers to remove contaminated products from the market.

Reporting Problems to the FDA

Consumers who have experienced symptoms of infection or an injury after administration of a tattoo should consult their healthcare professional and inform their tattoo artist. Consumers should also consider reporting their injury to MedWatch: FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. The FDA encourages consumers with questions about product safety to submit an inquiry, or to visit www.fda.gov/fcic for additional information.

Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL Basic Black Tattoo Inks (manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics)

Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL Basic Black Tattoo Inks (manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics)

Dynamic Color – Black Tattoo Ink (manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc)

Dynamic Color - Black Tattoo Ink (manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc)

Solid Ink-Diablo (red) Tattoo Ink (manufactured by Color Art Inc.)

Solid Ink-Diablo (red) Tattoo Ink (manufactured by Color Art Inc.)

The Bad Guys PT 1

The bad Guys

Now that you have an idea of what it takes, let’s start learning. The
most important thing you have to know is sterilization. What kills germs, and what doesn’t? Tattooing is 90% sterilization and technical ability while only 10% art. The health department doesn’t want you to know this but they really don’t care if you can’t draw a stick figure. As long as you’re screwing up people and not spreading disease they could care less.

These are the basic Diseases and Bacteria you have to guard against in the area of tattooing and piercing both.
* Hepatitis

*Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
*Chlamydia
*Staphylococcus aureus (Staff Infection)
*MRSA
There are many more diseases and bacteria’s you will be dealing with.

These are just the most common. If you can guard against these, then
everything else will be taken care of as well. Something I would like to point out is that bacterial infections do not come from tattoo shops. You always hear about some chick saying her tattoo from such and such shop got infected so they suck. No! They might suck, but they did not give you an infection. Bacteria grows on the skin naturally. Everyone has it. If you take a person and remove every bit of hair, skin, meat, blood, and bone you will have an exact replica standing in front of you made out of bacteria. This is right after they get out of the shower. I know, Sexy huh? The point is that a bacterial infection is the massing together of bacteria. The difference between bacteria
and a virus is you can cure bacteria, and only treat viruses. Diseases are
viruses. Ok, so what does that mean? Well, it means that the chick with the
infected tattoo did not take care of her tattoo. When you don’t treat a
wound, bacteria will grow. Washing it kills them. If the bacteria has been
there long enough for her tattoo to get infected then she has not been taking
care of it. Now she’s trying to blame some poor shop for her being lazy. In the thirteen years I have tattooed, I have only seen three infected tattoos in person. The first was an allergic reaction to the metal the needle was made from, (this is very rare.), and the other two were from neglect of the client.

Tattoo shops don’t give out bacterial infections. Tattoo shops need to worry
about diseases. If you got a tattoo and now you have Hepatitis, then go to the health department and register a complaint. Just remember that it can take any where from six to twelve months for a virus like Hep or HIV to show up on a test, and you have a better chance of being hit by an airplane while walking
on the sidewalk then you do of getting a disease from a properly ran tattoo
shop. So how do we get such a good record……? It’s what we do.

You always hear about these diseases but no one really knows what
they do or how they are really spread. All blood born pathogens are spread by two ways, Direct and Indirect contact. Direct contact means that contact is blood to blood or seamen to blood. An example of direct contact is
unprotected sex. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say you can’t get Hepatitis from a blow job, it kills me. Fighting is also form of direct contact. You hit someone and cut your hand open while wounding them, you mix blood. Contrary to popular belief anal and oral sex can pass disease just as easily as intercourse. Another form of direct contact would be if you got
someone’s blood in your eyes. This means if you see someone spraying blood at a car accident the best thing you can do to help is call 911, not rush over and swim in his pr her blood. Not very chivalrous, but at least you get to live a healthy life.

A good example of this in a tattoo shop is the spray water bottle. Most
artist spray a tattoo with water to clear away blood and excess ink during the process. This is very wrong. I even catch myself doing it every once in a while.

The force from the water leaving the bottle will push the blood and it’s
contaminates into the air. If you’re standing in the path of it, or if you have an open window while a breeze is blowing, you will blow this stuff right in your eyes and mouth. It’s scary how easy it is to contract a disease.

The worst form of direct contact in a tattoo shop is a failure with a glove. We as artists wear latex gloves to guard against contamination. Every one gets loose cuticles on there fingers. The little piece of skin at the top of your fingernail that gets sore and sometimes bleeds is called a cuticle. If a glove has a small
hole in it and blood makes contact with that little, tiny sore, you have been infected.

Now here is some food for thought. Anyone who has had a tattoo in
the last ten years has seen the artist use ten pounds of “A+D” ointment or
“Vasoline” during the tattoo process. They use this to seal the tattoo while
they are working on it. Not only is it completely unnecessary, but it’s
dangerous. If you remember high school health class, they always tell you to never use oil based lubricants with condoms. Why? Oil breaks down the composition of latex. This means that the condom won’t work anymore.

Latex gloves are no exception. The ointments are oil based and the gloves are latex.

That means that those guys are tearing down the only thing that separates you and them. Ok, so you say as a client, “Hey, I don’t have anything!” Good. But how sure are you of them being clean if they have tattooed for years? Well maybe they change gloves often enough for it not to have time to break down. Wrong! Latex is no longer a disease barrier after three minutes of oil exposure. After three minutes, you might as well have unprotected sex with
the old biker guy that just did your tattoo. If you see this then leave, don’t
play Russian roulette for the sake of a new barbwire armband. Many artist
also use Nitrile or Vinyl gloves, so there ok right? No, Nitrile and vinyl do last longer with oil exposure, but they only last twenty minutes at best. So either way oil based is bad.

Next we have Indirect Contact. Indirect contact is contamination
through a middle man. Say I have a cut, and then mop the floor. Blood is a
common thing to mop up in a tattoo shop, although it’s in small amounts and usually mixed with pigment or water from over spray. The blood on the floor is contaminated and gets on the mop. I mop and it gets in my cut, presto; Hepatitis.

Another example is a contaminated (dirty) needle being stuck in an
uncontaminated person. So if someone uses an old tattoo needle or you accidentally stick yourself and pass a disease you have indirect contact. Another form of indirect contact is if a tattoo artist runs out of pigment (ink) during a tattoo. If they just grab the bottle with a bloody glove and refill the cap then that blood is on the outside of that bottle. It won’t take long for it to work its way inside, contaminating the entire bottle. Even if it doesn’t, they
still have to hold it to pour the pigment for the next client. Most shops only have two or three artists. This means they usually share pigments to save on
money. The average bottle of pigment will last for a hundred or more tattoos.
That means from that one small action, more than a hundred people will have a disease. Indirect contact is the most common contamination method in a tattoo shop. The hot spots to watch are the sinks, the tattoo chairs, and the counter tops at the work stations. If these are not cleaned well enough then you have contamination. Now you know how disease is spread. The action of
spreading is called Cross-Contamination. This means that you have a contaminate introduced in a non-contaminated area. So the person that grabs the pigment bottle with bloody gloves on TV is nationally making himself or herself into a hazard for everyone to see.

Hepatitis
Hepatitis is a viral disease that affects the liver. It is mainly characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the liver. Acute Hepatitis is when it last for six months and chronic is when it last for much longer. Any Infection of the liver or inflammation of the liver is known as hepatitis, but the ones we need to be worried about are specific viruses that
affect the liver differently. Some of the symptoms of liver failure are muscle and joint aches, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of the eyes and skin, otherwise known as “jaundice” , and abdominal pain just to name a few. Jaundice is usually a later effect that indicates massive liver damage. We turn yellow because our bodies cannot flush away the waste we
need to expel. Basically Hepatitis causes us to drown in our own bile. Hep A is usually transmitted through contaminated food. There is a vaccine that can prevent Hep A for life. Hep A can pass like the flu. Heb B is transmitted through sex, tattoos, piercings, and breastfeeding. Hepatitis B can be treated
but not cured, although there is also vaccine. Hepatitis B is responsible for 500,000 to 1,200.000 deaths worldwide per year.

Hepatitis C used to be known as “Non-A Non-B Hepatitis”. It can be
transmitted through blood, sex, and can also cross the placenta infecting an unborn child. Hepatitis C usually leads to chronic Hepatitis ending in liver failure, know as “Cirrhosis” of the liver. There is some treatment, but not cure. Hepatitis D can only grow if you have Hep B already. It’s basically the stage of B that kills you. Hep E is similar to hep A but more common among pregnant women. Hep F is hypothetical, basically there were thought to be a few cases in the 90’s but no one ever proved it, and the newest form is Hep G which was just found this year and not much is known about it. The scary part
of viruses is that each time someone contracts one, it changes slightly. If so
many people contract it then each time it changes into something new, and worse. Take the time to clean and sterilize properly, the life you save might be yours.

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Skin Anatomy and Physiology Part 2

Keratinocytes

The chief role of the keratinocytes is to produce keratin, a tough fibrous protein that gives the epidermis its protective properties. Tightly connected to one another by a
large number of desmosomes, the keratinocytes arise in the deepest part of the epidermis from cells that undergo almost continuous mitosis, or cell division. As these cells are
pushed toward the skin surface by the production of new cells beneath them, they
manufacture the keratin that eventually fills their cytoplasm. The cytoplasm makes up the
bulk of the cell and is located between the outer layer of the cell and the nucleus.

By the time the keratinocyte reaches the skin surface, they are dead, flat sacs completely filled with keratin. Millions of these dead cells rub off every day, giving us an entirely new epidermis every 30 to 45 days—the average time from “birth” of a
keratinocyte to its final wearing away. In the normal healthy epidermis, the production of new cells balances the loss at the surface of the skin. Where the skin experiences friction,
both cell production and keratin formation are accelerated.

Layers of the Epidermis
In thick skin, which covers the palms of the hand and soles of the feet, the
thickened epidermis consists of five layers, or strata. In thin skin, which covers the rest of the body, only four strata are present.

1. Stratum Basale (Basal Layer)
The stratum basale, the deepest layer of the epidermis, is firmly attached to the dermis along a wavy borderline. Also called the germinating layer, this stratum consists of a single row of cells representing the youngest keratinocytes. These cells divide
rapidly. Occasional Merkel cells are seen among the keratinocytes. Each semi-circular Merkel cell is closely associated with a disc-like sensory nerve ending and may serve as a
receptor for touch.

Between 10 percent and 25 percent of the cells in the stratum basale are
melanocytes (“melanin cells”). These make the dark skin pigment melanin.

The spider- shaped melanocytes have many branching processes that reach and touch all of the keratinocytes in the basal layer. Melanin is made in membrane-lined granules and then
transferred through the cell processes to nearby keratinocytes.

Consequently, the basale
keratinocytes contain more melanin than do the melanocytes themselves. The melanin granules accumulate on the surface of each keratinocyte, forming a shield of pigment
over the nucleus.

In Caucasians, the melanin disappears a short distance above the basal
layer, where it is digested by lysosomes in the keratinocytes. In
black skinned individuals, no such digestion occurs, so melanin occupies keratinocytes throughout the
epidermis. Although black skinned individuals have darker melanin and more pigment in each melanocyte, they do not have more melanocytes in their skin. In all but the darkest
people, melanin builds up in response to ultraviolet rays, the response that we know as suntanning.

2. Stratum Spinosum (Spiny Layer)

The stratum spinosum is several cell layers thick. Mitosis, or cell production through division, occurs here, but less frequently than in the basal layer. Under microscopic imaging, the keratinocytes in this layer have many spine-like extensions.

Scattered among the keratinocytes of the stratum spinosum are Langerhans cells. These star-shaped cells are particulate ingesting microphages that help activate the immune system.

3. Stratum Granulosum (Granular Layer)

The thin stratum granulosum consists of three to five layers of flattened
kearatinocytes. These keratinocytes contribute to the formation of keratin in the upper layers of the epidermis. This keratin contains a waterproofing material that is secreted into the areas between the cells and is the major factor for slowing water loss from the
epidermis. Further more, the external wall of the cells thicken, so that they become more resistant to destruction. You might say that the keratinocytes are “toughening up” to make the outer layers of the epidermis the strongest.

4. Stratum Lucida (Clear Layer)
The stratum lucid only occurs in thick skin, not thin skin. This layer consists of a few rows of flat dead keratinocytes. Electron microscopes show that its cells are identical
to cells at the stratum corneum, the next layer.

5. Stratum Corneum (Horny Layer)
The most external part of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, is many cells thick. This layer is far thicker in thick skin than in thin skin. Its dead cells are flat sacs completely filled with keratin, because their nuclei and organelles were digested away by the lysosome enzymes upon cell death. Both the keratin and the thickened plasma membranes of the cells in the stratum corneum protect the skin against abrasion and
penetration. It is amazing that a dead layer of cells can still perform such important functions.

The cells of the stratum corneum are referred to as horny cells. These cells are the dandruff shed from the scalp and the flakes that come off dry skin. The average person sheds about 40 pounds of these flakes in a lifetime. The common saying “Beauty is only
skin deep” is especially interesting in the light of the fact that nearly everything we see when we look at someone is dead!

The Epidermis

Skin Color

Three pigments contribute to skin color: melanin, carotene, and hemoglobin. Carotene is a yellow to orange pigment derived from certain plant products, such as carrots. It tends to accumulate in the stratum corneum of the epidermis and in fat tissue of the hypodermis. Color derived from carotene is most obvious in the palms and soles,
where the stratum corneum is thickest.

The pink tone of Caucasian skin reflects the red color of oxygenated hemoglobin in the capillaries of the dermis. Since Caucasian skin contains little melanin, the epidermis is nearly transparent in untanned individuals and allows blood’s color to shoe\w through more predominantly.

Melanin, the most prominent pigment and is made from an amino acid called tyrosine. Melanin ranges in color from yellow to reddish to brown to black. Its production depends on an enzyme in melanocytes called tyrosinase. Freckles and pigmented moles are localized accumulations of melanin.

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Skin Anatomy and Physiology Part 1

The Skin

Although the skin is less complicated than most other organs, it is still one of the most architecturally advanced of all. It covers the entire body and accounts for about 7% of our total body weight, making it the largest organ. It has been estimated that every square centimeter of skin contains 70 cm of blood vessels, 55 cm of nerves, 100 sweat glands, 15 oil glands, 230 sensory receptors, and about 500,000 cells that are constantly dying and being replaced.

The skin, which varies in thickness from 1.5 to 4 mm or more in different regions of the body, has two distinct layers. The outer layer is the epidermis, a thick membranous tissue. Located below the epidermis is the dermis, a fibrous connective tissue. And, just below the dermis lies a fatty layer called the hypodermis. Although the hypodermis is usually not thought of as part of the skin or integumentary system, it shares some of the skins functions and will be discussed in this chapter.

The skin performs many functions, most but not all of are protective. It cushions and insulates the deeper body organs and protects the entire body from physical damage like bumps and cuts. The skin also offers helpful protection form harmful chemicals, thermal damage (heat and cold), and invading bacteria. The epidermis is waterproof, preventing unnecessary loss of water across the body surface. The skins rich abundance of blood flow and sweat glands regulate the loss of heat from the body, helping to control body temperature. The skin also acts as a mini-excretory system: Urea, salts, and water are lost as sweat. Skin also reduces ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, and its epidermal cells use these UV rays to synthesize vitamin D. Finally, the skin contains sensory organs called sensory receptors that are associated with nerve endings. By sensing touch, pressure, temperature, and pain, these receptors keep us aware of what is happening at the body surface. As this chapter describes the anatomy of the skin, we will explore its function in greater detail.

HYPODERMIS

Just below the skin is the fatty layer of the hypodermis (“below the skin” in
Greek). This layer is also called the subcutaneous layer (“below the skin” in Latin). It consists of both areolar and adipose connective tissue, although the adipose tissue
normally dominates. Besides storing fat, the hypodermis anchors the skin to the underlying structures (mostly to muscles) and allows the skin to slide relatively freely over those structures. Sliding skin protects us by ensuring most blows just glance off our bodies. The hypodermis is also and insulator: Since fat is a poor conductor of heat, it helps prevent heat loss from the body. The hypodermis thickens distinctly when one gains weight, but this thickening occurs in different body areas in the two sexes. In females, subcutaneous fat accumulates first in the thighs and breasts, whereas in males it first accumulates in the front abdominal area.

DERMIS

The dermis, the second major layer of the skin, is a strong, flexible connective tissue. The cells in the dermis are identical to those of any connective tissue in the body.
The dermis binds the body together like a body stocking. Tattooing involves multiple punctures of the skin to instill pigment into the dermis.

The dermis is richly supplied with nerve fibers and blood vessels. The blood vessels of the dermis are so extensive that it can hold 5% of all blood in the body. When organs, such as exercising muscles, need more blood, the nervous system constricts the blood vessel located in the dermis. This shunts more blood into the general circulation, making it available to the muscles and other organs. On the other hand, the dermal blood vessels swell with warm blood on hot days, allowing heat to radiate from the body creating a cooling effect.

The collagen fibers of the dermis give skin its strength and resilience. Thus, many jabs and scrapes usually do not penetrate the tough dermis. Furthermore, elastic fibers in
the dermis provides the skin with stretch and recoil properties.

The deeper part of the dermis is responsible for markings on our skin surface called flexure lines. These lines are easily observed as the deep skin creases on the palms. Flexure lines result from a continual folding of the skin, often over joints, where
the dermis attaches tightly to underlying structures. Flexure lines are also visible on the wrists, soles of the feet, fingers, and toes.

EPIDERMIS

The epidermis contains four distinct types of cells: keratinocytes, melanocytes, Merkel cells, and Langerhans cells. Keratinocytes are by far the most abundant cells of
these, so we will discuss them first. We will discuss the other types of cells later as we examine the various layers of the epidermis.

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Body Art Specialist’s Code of Ethics

*The body art specialist conducts himself or herself in a professional manner, responds to customer needs and supports colleagues and associates in providing
quality customer service while following healthful standards.

*The body art specialist acts to advance the principal objective of the tattooing industry to provide services to clients with full respect for their overall well-being.

*The body art specialist practices healthful techniques founded upon theoretical knowledge and concepts, uses equipment and accessories consistent with the purpose for which they were designed and employs procedures and techniques
appropriately while adhering to local, state, and federal guidelines.

* The body art specialist assesses situations; exercises care, discretion and judgment; assumes responsibility for professional decisions; and acts in the best interest of the client.

*The body art specialist uses equipment and accessories, employs techniques and procedures, and performs services in accordance with an accepted standard of practice while demonstrating high levels of expertise.

*The body art specialist continually strives to improve knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education and professional activities, sharing knowledge with colleagues and investigating new aspects of professional practice.

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History & Basic. Information in depth

Tattooing the skin is the oldest profession in the world. The Japanese,
Aztecs, Mayans, Aborigines, and the Africans all had tattoos. The oldest
recorded human to date is referred to as the ice man. He was found under
what was left of an iceberg near the Austrian border in Italy. Carbon dating places the ice man around 5,300 years old. This was a cultural surprise because he had a few tattoos. Before his discovery, it was popular belief that the oldest culture to tattoo was Egyptians over 3,000 years ago. So the ice man out dates the Egyptians by 2,300 years The ice man had a small cross behind one knee and above his kidneys there were a few tattooed lines about 15 cm long. The first sign of tattooing in the west was brought to us from Tahiti by a man named Captain Cook in 1771. The Tahitian word for tattooing was “Tatau” which was adopted because it’s the sound of the traditional
tattooing. Initially the traditional tattoos were applied by a stick with a comb like head attached to the end. They used another stick to tap the first; this achieved a stabbing motion. This ancient type of tattooing is rapidly gaining popularity once more. While receiving a tattoo you would not honor your experience if you showed any sense of pain or discomfort and the practice
usually was a ceremony that lasted for days often resulting in shock for the patron.

The tattoo machine we all know and love today is nothing more than a
modified version of the first electric engraver. In the US we first started
seeing tattoos regularly on sailors that had been to distant lands. They
brought them back as permanent souvenirs. In the 1800’s and 1900’s sailors navigated there voyages by the stars and constellations. The “Nautical Star” that you see on every teenager trying to fit in with the crowd is one of the oldest tattooed symbols. It symbolizes the North Star and means that the one adorning such a tattoo is looking for there way. Many military men are known to put this design on there trigger finger to help guide there shot in combat.

30 years ago tattoos were just for bikers and prostitutes, at least this is
the common idea. 15 years ago they were just for rock stars. In today’s
society more people have a tattoo than not. I read a quote once from a
famous musician that said “If you want to be different, then don’t get a
tattoo.” If you walk into a room of ten strangers then nine of you will have a
tattoo. Now, as time progresses I find myself tattooing doctors, lawyer,
teachers, you name it. Once I gave the city I live in a discount because most
of the sheriff’s department came in to have there shields tattooed in one
weekend. It’s funny to me that all of these people have tattoos yet you still
are heckled by strangers for having them. I have my own theory on this
subject. I think that people have this psychological need to hate something. In this day and age of political correctness, I think that tattoo hating is just the last excepted form of racism. It’s the only time you can discriminate against some one for the color of there skin and not have a crowd of people say, “Dude, that’s not cool!”

The history of the tattoo artist is another story. There are many famous
tattoo artists but only a few of them are respected. There is an unspoken
code among tattoo artist. This code is based on respect, loyalty and secrecy.
In fact it is a fear of mine to be shunned in the tattoo community for writing this publication. Thankfully my willingness to teach out weighs my need for popularity. There are a few different types of tattoo artists. First you have the scratchers. Scratchers are your buddy’s friend that tattoos out of his or her garage. They are called scratchers because that’s what they do. They buy
a tattoo kit from some hack company or online and pay ridicules prices while thinking they got a great deal or they buy from some online auction. There are only a few companies that sell to the public and they mark up prices so a hundred dollar tattoo machine goes for about four hundred, and a fifty dollar machine goes for about four hundred, while out of date machines that should be disposed of go for about , oh…… four hundred. You get the idea. These companies are part of the problem. They will sell anyone a tattoo rig just because they can take their money. They don’t think about the fact that they
are selling people (that have no clue what they are doing) the ability to give their loved ones hepatitis.

Scratchers like to think they are tattoo artists because they saw some
famous chick on TV tattooing. They think they can watch a few re-runs of
tattoo shows and presto, instant VanGough. The truth is yes, scratchers will give you a tattoo for twenty bucks or for a case of beer. While they might
have a small idea of how to draw a pot leaf, or the Tasmanian devil, they also have no idea how to not give you hepatitis or some other disease that you can pass to your wife or your children. Sure you can save a few bucks. But you will end up having to pay five times as much to have it covered by a real shop. While you have no idea how many people before you have had that same needle under there skin. So, basically, there called Scratchers because they carve a wound in your leg, or wherever, in the shape of a “yin-yang”, just for
you to get the pleasure of having a yin-yang shaped infection. You cannot
tattoo on self education alone unless you have at least ten years experience. You need a proper education. Unfortunately, many artists think that tattooing
for a few years gives them the right to teach, so be careful who you get an
apprenticeship from. Another teacher to watch out for is the guy that tells
you the old ways are the best. Like anything technology improves with time, you have to learn and change with your environment. If you stop learning, you become out dated. By this same logic, modern medicine would still be using leaches to cure every thing.

Next you have the apprentice. These guys work hard before they ever
even start. It took me a few years to talk someone into giving me a shot. Most artists will not teach. So you have to fight tooth and nail to actually get someone just to say yes. A real apprenticeship takes about two years, give or take a few months. These guys work hard. They get to do everything the artist doesn’t want to do. Usually, you will work for six months just taking notes and learning sterilization procedures before you ever get to touch a machine. Then one magical day arrives and you get to play with the machine, by taking it apart and cleaning it every day for another six months. Every one fails to
realize that tattooing is 90% sterilization and technical knowledge while only 10% artwork. You have to know how to clean a surface, and how to know you’re not going to give your next client something that will kill them. Basically, for the first year you will answer phones, study, clean and mop
floors, study, Clean windows and counters, study, sterilize equipment, and study some more. You always hear about tattoo artists treating there
apprentices like shit. Making them mop the floor with a toothbrush and do many vile jobs. Although I won’t do this, it doesn’t mean it will not happen. The art of tattooing is one of patience and respect. You have to learnnpatience and earn respect before you can do anything.

Really the idea is similar to the military. We strip away everything you think you know and teach you the right way. It is a hard and long process that must be done in order for you to be a real artist. The worst part of the whole process is not only do you not get a pay check, but most shops charge you for the education. Apprenticeships can be upwards of ten thousand or more. Me personally, I don’t charge but I don’t pay either. The way I see it is the student
earns their way by doing all the cleaning and the shit work they have to do to learn anyway. I get labor, and they get an education. The only difficult part of finding a free apprenticeship like this is that some hack shops will take you in and use you for free labor. Either they won’t teach you much and wait for
you to get mad and quit, or they will fire you before they think you are going to start asking for money. So as hard as it is to get an apprenticeship, please don’t go to the worst shop in town just because they are the first ones to say yes. If it’s a crappy tattoo shop then you’ll just learn how to do crappy tattoos.

Once you complete your apprenticeship you will be one of two things, a tattoo artist or a tattooist. There is a big difference. A tattooist is a person that has had a formal education in the area of tattooing, but is very limited in what they can do. This is the stage where you will be caught up with the idea that doing tattoos is the same as being a rock star. Many tattooists will never
pass this step. Always know your limitations. Only do what you know you can do and nothing more. If you try a portrait and fail you will loose all reputation you may have, and this is a word of mouth business. A tattooist is a tattoo technician. Some one that knows, understands, and practices proper technique in the area of tattooing, but can only do what a client brings in. For example, if someone wants an image no matter how complicated, then a
tattooist can perform that procedure, and make the piece look exactly like
what’s on the paper. There is nothing wrong with being a tattooist. It’s a
strong level of professionalism. But you have to know your limitations. Stick with what you can do, turn down what you can’t.

A Tattoo Artist is some one who has had the technical training in the
area of tattooing, and can do everything a tattooist can do. Although the tattoo artist can take an idea, or a basic thought, twist it, look at it in a three dimensional view, and make it a piece of living art. In this stage you think you are a professional, the real deal. Think of it this way. A tattooist would be a
person who can draw cartoons and not color over the lines. Where a tattoo artist paints the “Mona Lisa” and never had any lines to begin with. To be a tattoo artist you must realize that your art is not on paper. It is not, nor will it ever be flat. You have to make it curve and bend to fit your client. It has to fit there body just as much as it fits there personality. To be a Tattoo artist you can not just do small pieces. You have to work hard and learn and practice. You have to earn the trust of your patrons so you can stretch your legs artistically. As an artist you will have more ideas then you can pronounce, but you must not push your ideas on your patrons. Only suggest them and let your patron decide. If you take an idea and push it on your client then in the end they will end up getting work they don’t really want. Every custom piece you should presented as two or three ideas, all from completely different points of view and different styles. Your goal needs to be not to tell them what to get, but to present them with enough ideas that they can be just as much a part of the process as you. Most people when they want a piece of art not flash (standard tattoo designs) they have no vision of what they want. They come to you for
the vision. They come to you so you can make it real. Sometimes it’s hard to remember they are not an artist like you. Suggest, not decide for them.

The fact is that the difference of a tattooist and a tattoo artist is a state of mind and creativity. Many of the world’s best tattoo artist spent years as tattooists before they progress. You have to crawl before you can walk, and you can not rush into this change. It occurs with time. This is where you need to stop concerning yourself with studying flash and learning what real art is about. I strongly suggest taking up traditional painting. Study Rembrandt, DaVinci, and
Monet. They are the backbone to real art. The Next type I would like to talk about is the pretend Tattoo artist.
What I call “Candy Artists”. We live in a day and age where everything under the sun that can sell in a commercial is put on TV. Now days we see Tattoo “shows” on television. This, I think, and most real Artist will agree, is making fun of an industry we have worked hard to get our foot into. These shows do nothing but teach the wrong way to do everything. They are a learning tool of
what not to do. These shows are based on ratings and nothing else. Don’t
think that what you see on TV is in anyway what a real shop is like.

Thanks to these shows every kid in America is making his or her own home-made machine and screwing up his or her friends. Now everyone thinks they are a tattoo artist. If you see a TV show with people shooting each other do you shoot your friends? Then why tattoo on them?
These shows are hurting tattooed America more than they could ever
help. The only thing good they are doing is showing more people tattoos that might not otherwise see them, thus removing some of the stigma surrounding tattooing. What are the negative effects? Everyone wants to give any one a tattoo; instead they just pass out free hepatitis. People come into real tattoo shops for the first time expecting to find what they see on TV and feel overwhelmed when they need to be relaxed and think about what they are getting. These Shows tell the public incorrect tattoo aftercare, which will cause them to ruin their hard earned tattoos. Adults are letting their twelve and thirteen year old kids get tattoos that they will later regret because they saw it on TV.

Tattooing is the last true traditional, untouched, and un-
corporate form of art that the world has left and it is being destroyed. The
Tattoo artist is a dying breed now. People want to tattoo so they can get on TV. Tattoo artists will not be rich. We do it for the art, if you want to do it forthe money then go home, because the real artists are laughing at you. Something no one seems to understand is that these shows are
scripted, just like old reruns of “Matlock”. A certain artist went on one of these shows to be a guest artist and they tapped him saying hello six times. It is a show. This is not “MacGyver”. He cannot make a CD player out of a pocket knife, a piece of wire, a coconut, and a toothpick. Just like someone holding a tattoo machine on TV is not an artist. If you actually go to them to get
tattooed then you should know a few things. I personally have a friend that
got a tattoo by them. At any other shop in the world the highest price for a four letter word with no color and letters one inch by one inch tall should be ranging from fifty to seventy-five dollars. My friend paid two-hundred and fifty dollars. Now you tell me where there priorities lay. I actually use these shows as a teaching tool. Every time one comes on, my apprentices have to
watch it and make a list of all the things they do wrong. Not just the small stuff, but the things that my local health department would shut me down for. Here are a few of many.
More times then I can count, these “tattooers” have been in the middle
of a tattoo with bloody gloves on, have grabbed a bottle of pigment, “ink,” and refilled there ink cap. This means that they just put blood on the ink supply that everyone uses. If that person had a disease then everyone that will have a tattoo from that bottle will have the same disease, and bottles last a long time. Another one is they never remember to clean the clip cord, (the wire that gives power to the machine). This means that again they are spreading disease. They also ware black latex gloves because they look cool.

Black gloves means you can’t see blood, or holes in the gloves. They don’t know if they are giving them selves a disease. The last I will mention of many, many more, Is speed stick deodorant. They use speed stick deodorant to apply
there carbon pattern to there clients skin. This means that any disease that a person might have is absorbed into this stick and applied with the pattern on the next client. With the stroke of a single deodorant stick you can give
someone six or more different diseases at a time! Not only are they spreading disease, but there doing so in mass quantities. This is the land of television.

Your watching some one get a tattoo by moneygrubbers and there getting
away with things no one else is doing, but your also watching them give
disease to all these people that could very well pass it on to there children.
Just say no to fake, joke, money-grubbing “tattooers”, that wouldn’t even give you the time of day for two hundred dollars.

After all the glimmer and the spot light of being a tattoo artist fades
and you age into your profession you will be on your way to becoming the
most sought after type of artist, a Tattoo Master. If a true tattoo artist can paint the “Mona Lisa”, then the master can paint the “Last Supper” blind, and on the head of a nail. Eventually the idea of being a tattoo artist will become dull, and the rock star point of view will make you laugh at the thought that you use to see it this way. Doing tattoos, being a professional artist will make
you a popular person sure. After time the life a “Tattoo Guy” will grow old,
the bars will get boring and all the friends you’ve made are just asking for free work. Then you will see the only thing that matters when you go home at night is your own feeling of pride and accomplishment. If you don’t take true pride in what you do, then in the end you got nothing.
To be a true master is almost a state of Zen, a feeling of nirvana, perfect.

When we first think about tattoos we want to be the one everyone
talks to at the party. We want to stand out in the crowd, and we want
everyone to know our name. This is a fool’s wish. The only way to achieve
such “greatness” is to change your entire life to surround your art. To truly be good at what you want to do is dedication and sacrifice. There are a few rules that if you can not do then you need to turn around and find a new career. No drugs or alcohol. This doesn’t mean that while you’re working, I mean ever.

Drugs and alcohol will make your hands shake. You take more to get them to stop shaking; you don’t take them you shake worse. You have to be clear minded. You have to be level headed. You cannot work if you are not at the top of your game. Think of your studio as your church. A sacred ground meant for greatness. If you come in with a hang over you will not have the patience or the clear mind needed to perform to the best of your ability.

I drug test all of my students. They know that one time of use means
all of their hard work is over. They will loose their chance, gone forever. You think Tattoo Artist then you think, Drugs, Biker, Sex, and Rock and Roll. This is all wrong. Drugs ruin your mind, and your body. You cannot perform under the influence. You cannot take them at home because you think about them while your working and they still affect your steadiness. Drugs and alcohol
cause you to loose motor function. What good is a tattoo artist with shaky
hands? Wannabe be a biker, Find another lifestyle, Tattooing is not for you. One bike accident and you will damage your hands. Ask anyone that rides and they will tell you that the first thing you do out of instinct during an accident is to put your hands out. Years of work and dedication will be out the window.
So you want sex, sorry. If you chase every piece of ass that walks in, it
will be your reputation. Your clients will stop coming around because they no longer feel comfortable in your shop. They will not be comfortable taking off clothes that have to be removed for certain locations. If you see something more private of a person’s body then you need to have no reaction you cannot seem prying or attracted. You have to remain modest, and never ask anyone
to remove clothes that don’t have to be removed. If they can’t trust you, then you have no clients. It would be similar to the best basketball player in the world not having a ball or basket.

Ok, so you want to use being a tattoo artist to bring company home from the bar? What kind of people go to the bars, or clubs? Your clients do. They see you drinking, or taking home someone, your reputation is a drunk and promiscuous. They see you drinking; they will not come to you. You’re a Drunk! Even if you only have one or two beers, you’re a drunk in their eyes. Do you want tattooed by a drunk? You take home people
from the bar for sex. Every time you have sex with someone you are having sex with every person they have slept with in the last ten years. This day and age you can get anything, anytime. If you get Hepatitis, HIV, Gonorrhea,
Syphilis, or any other type of STD, you will not be allowed to tattoo. You will
be putting your patron’s lives in danger. You are dealing with open wounds all day. You are performing a
medical procedure on the very people you depend on to feed your family and practice your art on. All gone, all down the drain, just because you wanted to go get laid. Rock and Roll, sorry. If you are working on a portrait and you’re listening to heavy metal, then by nature your portrait will look sinister. You must play music accordingly to how you want your work to be done. If you’re
tattooing something evil then metal all the way. If you are doing a memorial piece or a portrait of someone’s daughter then tone the music down and relax. Your hand will move to the music you hear. There is nothing you can to about that, it is our natural reaction. You will be nothing more than a
tattooist at best. Reach a higher level, be something great. It takes hard work and dedication. It takes sacrifice, and respect. Not just respect for the ones
you are working on, but respect in your self more than anything else. Follow the rules or go home. You’re just cheating yourself if you don’t. I have been tattooing for thirteen years and I’m still another ten or fifteen years away from a master level.

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Tattoo Care

The first thing to remember about your tattoo is that this is a lifetime investment!

Do not rely on information from friends about the care of your new tattoo. The artist will provide
you with the proper care for the tattoo.

Generally, if your tattoo has been bandaged, leave it on for approximately two hours.
Then, wash it gently with luke-warm water using antibacterial soap. Pat it dry, do not rub. This washing should occur three to four times a day.
Do no apply another bandage to the tattoo. Allow it to be exposed to air. This will help the healing process. Also, try to avoid tightly fitted clothing. Clean, loose clothing will be the best.

After washing, apply very thing coasts of Bacitracin or A&D Ointment and work it into the skin. Do not over apply. Apply just enough so that the tattoo appears shiny. If you can see
the ointment on your skin, you are using too much.

Do not soak the tattoo in water or let the shower directly spray hard onto it. Also, avoid swimming pools, the ocean, hot tubs or any other source of water, aside from the shower,
until the tattoo is healed. Also avoid getting the new tattoo sunburned until it is healed. All of these can fade the tattoo and hinder the healing process.

When the tattoo begins the healing process, do not directly scratch the tattoo. Itching means healing and a little bit of alcohol will relieve the itch. Also, do not pick the scabs
that may form. Let them fall off gradually. This will usually happen in one to three weeks.

If swelling or redness occurs, you can use ice packs to help the swelling go down.

Most importantly, notify a doctor if you have even the slightest sign of infection.

The healing process can be as little as one week or as long as six weeks or more depending on the size and complexity of your particular design.

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Choosing A Tattoo Parlor

Choosing the right tattoo parlor is very important, especially when getting your first tattoo. There are many things to consider when choosing a tattoo parlor.

Make sure that the parlor is a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Some people have had the experience of joining a friend for their tattooing session so you may already have an idea of a place like this.

Most importantly, the parlor should be clean and professional. Clean is always important when dealing with needles and blood.

The tattoo parlor should be well lit. This is important for a few reasons. The bright, or better yet, natural light is a better way for you and the artist to see the true nature of the colors used and what the tattoo will actually look like. It also makes it easier to feel relaxed knowing that you can see what is going on all around you.

When walking into a tattoo parlor for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Are the needles and other materials one-time use? Will gloves be worn? How long have the artists been tattooing? Are they members of a professional organization?

Be sure that all of the needles are opened in front of you. This will ensure that they haven’t been used 15 minutes before you for the person down the street.

If you know of anyone with a tattoo, feel free to ask them where they got it done and if they would recommend the parlor or a particular artist.

Tattoo magazines are a good place
too. You may find an article or advertisement for one in your area. Also, browse around the
internet to find a place.

Remember, this is a permanent investment, be sure to choose the tattoo parlor that is right for you.

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Tattoo Safety Precedures

Before making the decision to get a tattoo, be sure you are educated about possible health risks associated with the practice. These risks are minimal but can occur nonetheless.

Non-sterile tattoo practices can possibly lead to the transmission of infectious organisms such as Hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

To limit the risk, be sure to see the next section on How to Choose a Tattoo Parlor.

Be sure to follow the exact instructions on caring for your new tattoo. Your skin is open
and is in the healing process during the first few weeks after your tattooing session so be
sure to take care of it carefully.

Another thing to consider is allergic reactions to the pigment. If you are aware of any allergies you may have, be sure to share them with your tattoo artist.

There is a list provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is known as Universal Precautions. This is part of the Blood borne Pathogens Rule that was issued by the EPA.

They apply in any health service setting that exposure to bodily fluids and blood is likely to occur. This includes tattoo parlors.

Many states and local authorities have their own regulations for tattoo parlors that are based on the EPA guidelines. Check to see if your state or local municipality has such
regulations. Also, look into any professional licensure that your state may have in effect for
tattoo parlors.

Finally, the biggest thing to remember when getting a tattoo is to NOT let a friend try to tattoo you. Please leave it to the professionals who make this art their livelihood. They have the training and licensing to provide you with a clean and safe service.

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Beginners Guide to Getting A Tattoo

The main concern when thinking about getting a tattoo should be finding something that
you really like as well as the location on your body. Keep in mind that this will be with you
for the rest of your life, so you must be comfortable with this decision.
Custom tattoos tend to be more expensive and time consuming because they demand the
artist to pay closer attention to the detail and design. In addition, it is a design that they have never done before. Simple, more common designs are generally less expensive and
take less time.

Another aspect of the design to consider is color or black. Black tattoos are very attractive
because they tend to stand out more on the skin due to more of a contrast. Color tattoos generally are more expensive but there can be more creativity involved because the
possibilities are endless with color.
The location of the tattoo is key.

You must consider some things when thinking of location. Will others see it easily? Do I want this to be easily seen by others? Do I want it in
more of a private place so only those close to me would view it? Which body parts hurt more than others?

Generally, places that have thinner skin tend to hurt more. These places include, but are not limited to, due to differences in all of our bodies, the ankles, head and the lower back.
Less painful places include the upper arm, back of the shoulder and the chest.

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