Danger of tattoos: what should be considered?

Tattoos are still very popular

Whether colorful figures, Chinese characters or the name of the husband - the popularity of tattoos is not waning, it is estimated that one in ten Europeans is tattooed, among young adults between 20 and 30 even one in four. But the body jewelry also harbors dangers, because many colors are mixed with pigments that can have harmful effects on health.

Choosing the tattoo studio should be well considered A tattoo should be well thought out, after all, the artwork stays on your skin for life. Therefore, it should be a matter of course to think carefully about which tattoo studio should be used to decorate the body, because if you only pay attention to the price, you may be awakened afterwards - for example in terms of quality and durability. However, the main risk here is inadequate colors and insufficient hygiene - a topic that is now also being dealt with at the first conference on tattoo security, which researchers, doctors and tattoo experts will be discussing from 6 to 8 June Europe, Australia and the USA met in Berlin to exchange about the health risks of tattoos.

Health risks, especially in illegal tattoo studios According to the experts, the greatest danger when tattooing comes from the many illegal tattoo studios, because inferior ink is often used here, which could lead to infections, allergies, ulcers or cancer, for example. According to Prof. Andreas Luch, the pharmacologist and main organizer of the conference, "soot is black, for example," soot, other inferior colors could also contain too much nickel or even car paints.

Absolutely pay attention to hygiene If you still do not want to do without your tattoo, you should urgently note a few points - so that there is no nasty surprise afterwards: On the one hand, the hygiene standards in the studio should be closely observed. Is it clean? Do tattoo artists always wear gloves? The area where the tattoo is carried out (couches, chairs etc.) and the machines should always be freshly disinfected and e.g. be packed with foil.

Those interested in tattooing should have the colors used shown. In addition, anyone planning a tattoo should have the colors used shown and ask specifically whether they also meet health standards - this should not be a problem, because with high-quality colors the manufacturer can and distribution channels can always be traced. A good tattoo studio also speaks for itself if the tattooist inquires about possible allergies of the customer, which could possibly lead to the fact that a tattoo is out of the question - this shows whether the operators are only interested in profit or not whether customer health is paramount. The tattoo artist should also take enough time before the first session to inform about all possible risks and side effects.

Memberships in associations as a further plus point Another plus point are memberships in associations, such as the "German Organized Tattoo Artists" (DOT). According to its own statements, more than 90 members are organized throughout Germany, who work for the exchange of quality and experience, for example "in cooperation with well-known specialists from the relevant specialist areas, the press, the health authorities and the relevant ministries [...] standards and guidelines in the areas of hygiene and studio furnishings ”, according to the information on the DOT website.

No animals in the studio In general, it should also be noted that animals have no business in a tattoo studio - for example, where the shopkeeper's dog is next to the tattoo chair, it cannot be assumed that hygienic standards will be adhered to properly. The same applies in the case of smoking in the work rooms - this also suggests that the tattoo artists are not quite as careful with hygiene. (No)

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