Infected tattoos are a serious matter and the UK is cracking down hard.
A tattoo artist in the UK has been the first to be fined by the Plymouth Magistrate for giving illegal tattoos. The artist, Claire Tabb, pleaded guilty to two offenses which were brought to light when one of her customers complained after he was hospitalized due to an infected tattoo (see image above). In turn, she pleaded guilty to two counts involving illegal tattoos.
Ms. Tabb has now officially become the first person to be prosecuted as a result of a new organization the Council put together called, “Operation Itchy.” Her charges stem from operating as an unregistered tattooist and operating from an unregistered tattoo studio.
In addition to fines and compensation which had to be paid to one her customers, the council made an example of her after launching a campaign encouraging people to “Think before they Ink.” The organization was started to crack down on people who get tattoos from unregistered tattoo artists and unregistered establishments.
Councillor Sue McDonald, cabinet member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “As a city we want people to lead healthy lives – tattooing is extremely popular in this city – but it needs to be carried out in a hygienic environment by people who know what they are doing.” She also adds, “We have great businesses doing fantastic work here in this city, but we are also aware of a growing number of people who are trying out tattooing on their friends at home with no training and no idea about basic hygiene requirements.”
THE BOTTOM LINE
– The old adage, cheap tattoos are no good and good tattoos aren’t cheap is true.
– The sterility is of a tattoo shop is the most important factor when choosing a tattoo shop.
– When visiting a tattoo shop don’t be afraid to ask to see what common safety practices they use to keep their equipment sterile. If they can’t show you, then leave.