Are Tattoos Safe? Risks and Dangers of Ink under skin


it would be rather hypocritical from my side to convince you that tattoos will harm your health, infect or kill, as I have more than one on my body, and I understand how harmless this process is if it is done correctly. Tattooing is something between a cosmetic procedure and a medical operation because a pigment is injected under the skin using a needle which remains there forever. Therefore, the risks associated with this process should be given to the attention.

If I managed to intimidate you or alert you then I will mention that the most of the risks which will be discussed in this article are reduced to zero if you choose an experienced master or a good tattoo salon to perform the work. But let’s talk about everything in order.


The main thing that should be feared before doing tattoos is an allergic reaction to the pigment. I will say from myself that I am an allergic person with experience but my body is very predisposed to tattoos.

If you are allergic it will be obvious almost at the very beginning of the process as a rule. Modern paint, which is used in good tattoo salons, is absolutely harmless and hypoallergenic generally. Therefore, that one should be worrying whose tattoo is made by drunk friend with a self-propelled machine with a bottle of beer.


The ingress of outside particles onto the open wound causes infection. The needle, of course, does some damage to the skin, resulting in the surface can really get dirt or dust, which will lead to unpleasant consequences. This risk is completely leveled if:

  1. Needles, pigmented containers and all equipment used in the work process are completely sterile;
  2. The objects located next to the area of the tattoo (corners of furniture, armchairs, etc.) are wrapped with food wrap;
  3. The room is serviced properly such as wet cleaning, sanitation, insect prevention, air conditioning;
  4. Tattoo artist observes hygiene such as gloves, cleaned hair, not dirty clothes.


This problem is perhaps the most common in modern practice. Cases when the tattoo in the course of healing, even as a result of violation of necessary rules, brings to the owner something except discomfort are extremely rare. Nevertheless, the proper care for the damaged skin as a result of tattoos is extremely important.

Now let’s list the possible consequences:

  • Infection due to premature contact with clothing and the ingress of bacteria on the inflamed skin.
  • Inflammation as a result of rubbing with synthetic or woolen cloth until the skin is completely restored.
  • Scars as a result of carding and picking the crust formed on the place of the tattoo.
  • Mechanical damage, scratches on the area of tattoos.
  • Color fading as a result of significant exposure to ultraviolet light.
  • Slow or painful healing due to weakened immunity (illness, alcohol, improper nutrition).

All this is easy to avoid, following the simple recommendations that we wrote about in the next article. I will add from myself that the most important and most dangerous risk for any tattoo owner is poor quality of work. It is the bad choice of a master or an ill-conceived idea of tattoo paintings that often serve as the main reasons for disappointment.

In order to understand what we are talking about, we present the works below that are difficult to be proud of as the owners of the ideas who came forward, as well as the artists who put their hand to their implementation. Responsibly approach the choice of a tattoo master, follow simple rules, and enjoy excellent result of work!

Tattoos for Men

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Tattoos for girls

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