The answer is yes, tattoos are perfectly safe, just as long as you pick the right tattoo artist with a good reputation, who is following all the important safety precautions, listed below. Before getting your first tattoo, just make sure you pick the right tattoo master.
1. Ask them to show you autoclave and sterilization certification.
An autoclave is basically a pressure cooker, primarily used for sterilizing medical instruments. It must maintain a temperature of at least 246 degrees for 30 minutes in order to fully sterilize the equipment. An autoclave needs to be regularly tested, to ensure its proper work. Also, keep in mind that kitchen pressure cookers are not acceptable for sterilizing used tattoo equipment.
2. The artist has to wear gloves.
The gloves must fit perfectly. If too big or too small, he risks tearing them or poking a whole in them. All it takes is a pinhole to run the risk of cross contamination, and you wouldn’t want that, right?
3. Ask about what training your artist has completed.
There is no kind of official certification given to tattoo artists that complete their education. Also, there aren’t any formal schools, or diplomas, so they probably won’t be able to show you any formal certificate.
4. New sterile needles must be taken from an autoclave bag in front of you.
A professional tattoo artist must always use new needles. How to know if the needles are new? The needle must be bright silver, not stained with ink or brownish looking. What is an autoclave bag? You’ve probably seen how the dentist always take his tools out of little pouches? Now that is an autoclave bag. You will probably be able to see the little sterile conformation logo on the bag.
5. A pro tattoo artist always destroys and disposes of needles in a sharps container.
its a red plastic container with a biohazard symbol on the outside. Once it is full of needles, the entire container is disposed of.
6. Ask him to show you examples of his work.
Always see the artist’s portfolio. This is very important, because it will help you decide whether he’s the right tattoo master for you. Always check if the lines on the tattoos he made are smooth, if there are any white spots visible, the circles should really look like circles… Are the colors blended well to create even forms of shading, dimension, and depth? Also keep in mind that the photos could be stolen from the internet. Take your time and watch the artist do his work.