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Body Art

What To Look For In A Piercer or Tattoo Artist

How to Choose a Tattoo Artist or Piercer?

  • Find out what type of training, qualifications and experience the Tattoo Artist or Piercer has.bodyart-image2
  • Find out which professional organization the Tattoo Artist or Piercer belongs to.
  • Ask to see samples and designs of the Tattoo Artist of Piercer
  • Ask for references.
  • Is there a sink, soap, sterilizer and other basic necessities: if not, leave.
  • Find out of they provide specific instructions for the after care of tattoo or piercing.
  • Are there individually wrapped sterilized instruments?

What are signs of a good Tattoo Artist of Piercer?

  • Only tattoo or pierce people who are sober/drug free.
  • Use appropriate, sterile equipment.
  • A clean studio similar to health care provider’s office.
  • Wear a fresh pair of disposable latex/polyurethane gloves after touching non-sterile surface.
  • Tattoo artists should use new disposable scalpels and new containers of ink with each client.
  • Piercers should fit clients with the appropriate sized, safe jewelry.

These are just a few highlights. For more detailed information please contact Health Education at 486-0772 or visit our body art program.


Infection – What Is Normal?

When a person is healing from body art it is normal for mild swelling and tenderness to occur. If a piercing or tattoo becomes infected, a person can consult their tattoo or piercing artist. However, a medical provider should also be consulted because infections may need more care than the artist can provide. When in doubt: consult a medical provider. Signs of an infection include:

  • Your tattoo or piercing has a thick yellow or green discharge or pus.
  • There is continuous bleeding or oozing.
  • Your Body Art has heat or red streaks originating from it.
  • The pain does not go away or increases.
  • There is unusual pain or swelling.

If your piercing becomes infected do not remove it. Removing the piercing may seal the infection under the skin and could cause an abscess. Leaving the jewelry in allows the infection to drain.