People are picking up D.I.Y. tattoo kits online for a fraction of the price of a tattoo but the bad news is some of the kits are 'used' goods.
While some promote the 'stick and poke' experience as a whole improved level compared to the 'big business' controlling feel of a modern tattoo studio there are obvious issues.
Those who do so stressing that the tattoo will be with them for life and so it is important to have a more 'natural' experience miss the obvious health and safety issues.
While some experienced tattoo artists use stick and poke and abide by all health and safety regulations some do not.
It remains important to know just where the equipment is from, that it is new and unused and that the person creating your body art knows what they are doing.
The implications of poor hygiene let alone using used needles to create a stick and poke tattoo are not rocket science.
Hepatitis, Aids, H.I.V, blood poisoning and many other infections are possible in inexperienced hands.
The quality of the tattoo that is designed to last you for life is also important. Cheaper may not necessarily be worst but then it may not be better either.
Over time tattoos can look dated, out of shape and frankly rather sad as your body ages, you lose or gain weight and life's wrinkles begin to appear.
If you really must get a 'stick and poke' tattoo get it done professionally and safely.
If you cannot afford to do that you cannot really afford a tattoo.
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