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Okay question. I know several people who are HIV positive and regularly get tattoos. While I realize as long as they go to a reputable shop, they probably won't end up sharing needles with someone, are they posing a risk of spreading HIV by getting tattoos?
Hi guys -
Please know that I do not give medical advice like this.
You can live a safe and full life with HIV and a good, safe shop will use lots of protections to stop the spread. But if you have important questions like this (whether you are trying to protect yourself or if you are HIV/AIDS+ and trying to be safe) discuss them with your doctor or tattoo artist.
What's more important when choosing a shop/artist: skill or cleanliness? I know of great two shops in my town. One has sterilization as their top priority and their guys do very decent work. The other has a more sketchy reputation but their guys do slightly better work. Which shop would you choose?
“What’s less scary: a shitty tattoo or blood infection?”
You need a clean shop that does good work. Do not settle—travel if you want to or have to.
Nothing less than amazing is worthy of your body.
As if you needed another reason to go to an artist you really trust: we’re apparently on our own.
I've just read your post about white ink tattoo and I had one question left. White ink is rumored to be poisonous/damaging/unhealthy/etc. After your post, I do not believe it to be true but it would be appreciated to have a confirmation. Also a suggestion: Could be great to have a post on rumors and myths about tattoos debunked :) Oh and What do you think about free-hand tattoos?
White ink—from everything I’ve heard, read, and seen—is no more dangerous than any other ink color. It depends on the body (different people can be allergic to different colors) but I wouldn’t worry about it.
Most artists use white ink while either mixing colors or as part of their tattoo designs.
Could you do a post about aftercare? I feel like this is a stage that's easy to make mistakes in that isn't frequently addressed. Even when experienced with tattoos the myriad of products and varied directions from artists can be confusing/conflicting. Basic rules, infections/warning signs, permanent ink bleed if you use too much ointment, popular ointments, reminder that following your artist's instructions will often result in free or cheap touch ups should any issues occur. Thank you!
No, I probably won’t ever post about it. I’m not a tattoo artist and aftercare is basically medical advice. All I will say is
- Listen to your artist.
- If something goes wrong, go to a dermatologist.