Reasons Not to Tattoo Yourself

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Tattoos are becoming more and more common place with one out of four adults totting one form of tattoo or the other. And we all know that getting a tattoo entails using a needle that contains the tattoo pigment and inserting it into the skin several times—a simple concept, but when done incorrectly can lead to serious damage. 

However, a rising phenomenon among young adults today are at-home tattoos, better known as do-it-yourself (DIY) tattoos. This growing trend has become a cause for concern as complications could ensue such as allergic reactions and severe infections.

Are DIY Tattoos Or Home Tattoo Procedures A Risky Procedure?

Home tattooing by unlicensed professionals is not legal and must not be encouraged. The risks involved in DIY tattoos are too grave. 

1. Purchasing a home tattooing implement or equipment, especially over the internet, is a risky venture. In addition, since you are not a trained tattoo artist, there is no way of finding out whether the home tattoo equipment you purchased online is of the best quality.

When purchased from reputable sources, most of these tools are also on the cheap side. If you have ever heard of the words: ‘You get what you pay for,’ then you should know that is exactly what happens when you purchase low-priced home tattoo equipment online.

2. Tattoo training cannot be obtained by watching YouTube videos enrolling in a licensed institution. Even a skilled traditional artist isn't trained in actually performing the procedure. It's about far more than being able to draw. 

3. The  risk of getting infected with diseases such as HIV (which is the virus that develops into AIDS), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other types of skin infections is compounded when you perform at-home tattoos. For example, Hepatitis B, as well as Hepatitis C, can trigger liver diseases like cancer and cirrhosis as a result of the poor quality of tattoo inks used in the process as well as other factors.

4. A home tattoo does not have adequate preventive measures put in place to ensure a safe and clean environment for the tattoo process. Most people who perform home tattoos don’t know the proper postoperative care to mete out to their subjects, and that is dangerous. 

We could go on for a while, but here is the short of it: At-home tattoos can lead to harmful, lasting damage to your skin, scarring, diseases, and an unprofessional looking end result.

The best and safest way to reduce the risks of DIY tattoo is to visit a professional tattoo studio and get your tattoo done by a licensed and authorized tattoo artist. This is the only place where you will receive adequate aftercare instructions verbally and in writing on how to maintain and care for your tattoo.