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There are risks involved with any procedure that involves breaking the skin, which includes tattooing. Tattooing carries the following risks:


The needles that tattooists use must be sterile, otherwise you risk contracting a blood borne virus such as HIV (the virus that cause AIDS) or Hepatitis. There is also the risk of developing abscesses under the skin which can lead to blood poisoning.

Allergic reactions

Some people may have an allergic reaction to tattoo dyes, cleaning agents or aftercare products due to their ingredients.

If you want to report any issues of cleanliness or hygiene of either the tattooist or premises, unsafe practice or an unregistered tattooist ('scratcher'), then please let us know so that we can investigate it.

Report bad practice in tattooing or body piercing