10 Tattoo Risks to be aware of

Breaking the skin barrier

Of course, there are risks with tattooing and there can also be risks after getting the tattoo done. In order for there to be a lasting effect of a tattoo, you need to penetrate the protective part of the skin, the outer layer. Doing so can mean that you can contract infections, or that you get an allergic reaction without knowing that you are allergic. However, there are precautions that can be taken. The tattoo artist can use disposable items and you can also make sure that all equipment is sterilized. This should be done after each use. There are several countries today that require tattooists to be trained in blood-borne pathogens that can occur during tattoos. It is a risk when penetrating the skin with the tattoo needle. It may therefore be wise to do a health check first, to be able to make an assessment of the risks of tattooing. Inks used by tattoo artists can cause unforeseen health problems. Tattoo risks can be avoided.

Carttridge needle for eliminating tattoo risks

There is always a risk that diseases can be transmitted from one patient to another. Tattooists who use the same instrument, must not forget to sterilize equipment between each customer. As this can cause a person who gets a tattoo to get a disease from another person. Today, however, there is a very small risk that this will happen, if you choose to go to a modern tattoo artist. They are usually aware of the risks of tattooing and they also use disposable items, which of course is a matter of course with us.

Blood diseases

Infections that could theoretically be transmitted through non-sterile tattoo equipment or with contaminated ink are: hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and HIV. There is no official report stating that HIV infection was transmitted through the tattooing process.


There may also be a risk of tetanus. Today, it is a standard in the EU to take tetanus shots. If you want to get a tattoo then you should make sure that you are up-to-date with it.

X-ray tattoo risks

If you have a lot of black in your tattoo, there may be a risk that you will have problems with, for example, an X-ray. This is because the black tattoo paint can often contain an iron oxide, which gets heated during an X-ray treatment. It is very rare, however, to get such injuries on X-ray. A tattoo is not an obstacle to not getting an X-ray treatment.

Other tattoo risks

There are also other documented risks that tattooing and tattoo pigments can present and these are, for example, cancer, hyperplasia, tumors or vasculitis. There may also be a risk of keratoacanthoma, which is a fast-growing dome tumor that grows on the skin. If you are affected by this, you have to remove the entire affected area. There are also risks with tattooing that lymph nodes attract pigment and they can cause an inflammation to occur. There are always tattoo risks with tattooing, even if it is done correctly.

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