The road to being yourself is sometimes a painful journey. Discovering who you are, your wants, going after your dreams, getting a tattoo. This could be more painful than the actual process of getting it. That is if you do not take precautions. 

It is rather common to see a person with tattoo nowadays. This might make an ordinary individual think that getting a tattoo is like a walk in the park. This is the sort of thinking that can make one plunge into getting inked with no research involved. One must take into consideration the health risks of tattoos, during and after getting inked.

Not all tattoo places are equal. Always go to a professional tattoo artist for your ink. Check the inside, outside and the instruments. A hygienic tattoo parlour should be paramount in your list. How a tattoo artist maintain his place of work says a lot about his competency, ability and overall concern for the safety of his clients. 

The skin is the largest organ of the body. What tattooing does is breaking that skin and leaving tiny ink droplets until they form an image that could last years and even a lifetime. Piercing the skin in itself opens the risk for infection as it is our protection from microbes. Even a pin prick can become an opening for airborne elements to enter our skin. Remember that an imprinted skin is open skin. Make sure you take care of that skin until it is fully healed. Anything it touches, surface, liquids, can get inside and get infected. Worse still if it gets in your bloodstream and cause havoc.

Are you sure you are not allergic to the dye? Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Tattoo dyes in primary colours, red, blue and yellow, can cause allergic reactions. Best to know beforehand if you are. Some allergic reactions are not immediate. It could take a few weeks before you notice it.


Although inking has had a long history and quite prevalent in our society now, it would take a long journey still to have this practice be totally safe for the everyday person. The short term and long term risks of getting inked as well as the instruments and material used have yet to be clinically approved for safety.