What are some things I should expect from a tattoo artist?
State law requires tattoo artists to be licensed. They should also be educated about how HIV is transmitted and take precautions to prevent transmission of HIV and other blood borne infections in their establishments. If you are considering getting a tattoo, ask the staff at the establishment what procedures they use to prevent the spread of HIV and other blood borne infections such as the Hepatitis B and C viruses. In addition, ask the tattoo artist if s/he uses antiseptic techniques, keeps permanent individual records, and uses sterile tools and equipment because those items are required under state law. Above all, make sure the tattoo artist uses fresh, sterile needles for each color and/or design.
Thomas J. Berger, Ph.D.; Former Human Development & Family Studies Specialist, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Thursday, February 21, 2013