Various illnesses, diseases and syndromes can affect the way the human body functions, and can often make pain feel much more exaggerated than normal due to pain receptors and parts of central nervous system as they maybe under a heightened level of stress.
If you have a long-term illness, always consult a doctor before getting a tattoo. The stress caused to your body from a tattooing session can possibly make your present illness worse than it currently was over a short period of time.
If you have a short-term illness it is always best to wait until you’re back to full health before getting a tattoo.
Feeling unwell can make the experience more unsettling for you on the day as well as take some consideration for your artist, it would be unfair on your artist if you give him the flu as a reward for tattooing you.
A lower immune system also increases the risk of contracting an infection through your healing tattoo as your body is diverting its resources to make you feel better on top of healing your new tattoo Being in a healthy condition for your tattoo is likely to help your tattoo to heal quicker also if you're fighting fit.
If you’re unsure you can speak to your doctor or your tattoo artist for their advice.
Before each tattoo a consent weaver form must be completed, the form contains a list of medical questions you may need to be aware of. If you have one or more of these following conditions then it may not advisable for you to have a tattoo without the written advice off your doctor.
If you have any of the following:
As this may make a person more prone to skin infections / irritation,
Acne and disorders of pigmentation same complications as eczema,
And other chronic skin conditions at the proposed site of the tattoo
Individuals are more prone to serious heart complications from any blood infections.
High/low blood pressure.
Can cause light headedness and may be linked to other heart-circulation disorders.
And other bleeding disorders – due to poor clotting / healing.
Ensure that treatment area does not interfere with the feeding process, also, any risk of infection for them is also a potential risk to their baby.
The immune response may be affected by pregnancy; any infection may affect the unborn child.
Other medical conditions.
Medication may cause side effects and poor control of the condition may result in fitting during treatment.
Long term sufferers may have circulation problems that can reduce healing properties of the skin; this can result in severe infection.
Or other conditions or treatments causing immuno- deficiency (e.g. cancer treatments) – more prone to serious infection.
HIV a risk factor for artist.
There has not been a documented case of HIV transmission from a tattoo.
Side effects may affect healing and recovery from treatment,
Also taken Aspirin or other medicines that thin the blood.
Especially nickel allergy; may result in serious skin reaction from small amounts of metals if present in applied products (inks etc).
Latex, Antiseptics, Adhesive dressings or topical dressings and medicines.
Other considerations before tattooing
Treatment should never be undertaken if the client appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Any other conditions.
The above list is not exhaustive. If you are suffering from any other medical condition not listed, please inform your tattoo artist or consult your doctor for advice.
Risks associated with Tattoos are as follows
Since tattoos involve needles and blood, they carry risks.
Blood Poisoning (Septicaemia).
Note: Tattooing of clients with any of the above conditions is not necessarily impossible. Affected individuals should be encouraged to consult their doctor for advice as to whether or not there are any contra-indications to having a tattoo.
Please remember, information provided by the prospective client may be unreliable and
Standard precautions should always be in place to protect both parties, regardless of the
Response. If a client is suffering from a serious and incurable infection, such as a blood
Borne-virus infection, it may be inappropriate for them to have a tattoo undertaken.
We at the tattoo shop follow all the correct sterilization and sanitation procedures straight after each sitting and throughout the studio, we ensure risks for disease transmission are very low.
Some people may experience allergic reactions to tattoo inks and other pieces of equipment. If you have any concerns please consult the tattoo artist. In all my time of tattooing I’ve never had any complications during and after providing a tattoo.
Other than the normal healing process, your tattoo could become infected, Infections can occur in new tattoos like all wounds.
Providing you follow aftercare advice and suggestions to your new tattoo in the after care section of this website you shouldn’t have any potential problems or complications.
UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT (1998) ANY INFORMATION OF A SENSITIVE OR
PERSONAL NATURE THAT YOU REQUEST FROM YOUR CLIENT MUST BE STORED
SECURELY AFTERWARDS, UNDER LOCK AND KEY. THE INFORMATION MUST NOT BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN THAT FIRST INDICATED TO THE CLIENT (I.E. ONLY FOR PURPOSES OF ENSURING THAT TATTOOING IS A SAFE OPTION FOR THEM, AND THAT ANY RISK TO THEM IS MINIMISED BY ASSESSING THEIR MEDICAL HISTORY).
YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CLIENT KNOWS WHO IS OBTAINING THE DATA, FOR WHAT PURPOSE AND FOR HOW LONG THE INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT. IT IS
SUGGESTED THAT ANY COLLECTED MEDICAL INFORMATION BE STORED FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF TREATMENT, BUT PLEASE CHECK THIS WITH YOUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICER, AS REQUIREMENTS MAY VARY INDIFFERENT AREAS.