Like anything you do in life — from driving a car to playing a sport — tattoos and piercings come with some risks. Taking a few precautions will help you get the best results from your new body art and avoid side effects, which can include allergic reactions to inks or piercing jewellery, infections.

Fortunately, tattoos and piercings are safer than ever, but before you become a proud owner, it’s important to do your homework. Our body artists are expected to adhere to strict safety procedures.

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By following safety procedures, tattoo artists and body piercers protect themselves and their customers from a range of viruses and bacteria that can cause illness.

You’ve been working on a cool design and saving up for your first tattoo. Now it’s time to find a reputable studio and artist who will transfer your artwork from paper to skin. Getting “inked” is a major decision. Keep in mind that a tattoo is permanent although it is possible to remove a tattoo.

All too often tattoos are done by unqualified tattooists, because tattoo equipment is inexpensive and easy to obtain. Getting a tattoo from unsterile equipment and inexperienced artists can put you, and the artist, at risk for life-threatening infectious diseases such as hepatitis or skin infections caused by certain bacteria. It's always better to do your research, find a legitimate tattoo studio and ask for a tour — the studio should be neat and clean. Don’t be shy about talking to the artists about safety procedures.

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