Are tatto safe?

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If you’ve been eyeing that tattoo design in the window or playing with the idea of getting one, you’re not alone. Tattoos have been around for centuries and are becoming increasingly popular—especially among fashion-savvy millennials looking to express themselves through body art. 

But before deciding to get a permanent mark on your skin, it pays to understand what it entails and more importantly – getting a tattoo is safe. In this blog post let’s explore the risks associated with body ink and why taking all necessary precautions should be paramount when thinking about whether to go under the needle.

How long until a tattoo is safe?

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, it’s important to know how long it will take before it is considered safe. Unfortunately, there isn’t one standard answer – the healing time varies depending on several factors like skin type, aftercare habits, and where the tattoo is located. Areas with thin skin like your wrist or ankle usually heal faster than areas with thicker skin such as your shoulders or back.

After your tattoo is complete, a bandage should remain in the area for 1-2 hours and then be removed once home. You’ll then want to keep the area clean by washing it twice daily with antibacterial soap and moisturizing it with an unscented lotion to keep your skin hydrated. 

During this cleansing process, a scab may form which could begin to flake off anywhere from 3-14 days after receiving your tattoo. Once peeling has stopped and the tattoo looks fully healed without any redness, it’s then safe to go back and show it off!

How do you know if a tattoo is safe?

Getting a tattoo comes with an inherent risk of infection, but there are several steps you can take to ensure that the tattoo is done safely. It’s important to do your homework and research any tattoo parlor before going in for the procedure. Reach out to people who have gone to that particular parlor, read reviews online, and make sure they are following appropriate health codes. When it comes to the artist themselves, make sure they use single-use needles and ink cups for each customer. 

The artist should also wear gloves and change them between customers. Pay attention to the space itself – look for sanitation certificates from reputable organizations like The Alliance of Professional Tattooists or similar organizations. Making sure you follow all these safety steps will help minimize risks when getting a tattoo.

Are temporary tattoos safe?

The beauty world has evolved. From classic ink tattoos to the recent hype of temporary tattoos, people are rocking their body art in different ways. But with this rising trend comes the question: are temporary tattoos safe? Answers depend on which type you’re looking at. Often store-bought temporary tattoos pose fewer risks as they typically use FDA-approved colors and are designed for short-term exposure. 

On the other hand, homemade or professional Hennas tend to be more of a risk and can potentially expose you to different harmful dyes, chemicals, or possible infections. Before getting any type of body art done, make sure to do your research so you know what to keep an eye out for!

Can I shower 3 hours after a tattoo?

How you care for a new tattoo can make all the difference when it comes to the overall outcome and healing process. Generally, medical professionals will advise waiting anywhere from 2-3 hours after getting a fresh tattoo before taking a shower so as not to disrupt the fine scab and skin layers. 

Taking that initial shower sooner than recommended can lead to infection or even fading of your piece of body art. It is also important to note that during that first 2-3 hour wait, it is best not to apply any kind of ointment or cream on top of the tattoo. Instead, allow it to breathe naturally to reduce your risk of complications while encouraging healthy healing.

Who should not get a tattoo?

Think twice before getting a tattoo! Getting inked is not for everyone. Anyone under the age of 18 should probably stay away from tattoos; most states require an adult present for individuals aged 18 or younger to get a tattoo legally. Aside from age, if you’re prone to impulse decisions and sudden changes of heart, it best to hold off on getting a certain image permanently embedded into your skin – yes, be it your favorite celebrity or beloved pet, you might end up regretting that decision later down the line.

And finally, if you don’t have the money to cover a high-quality job, you’re better off taking some steps back and saving up until you can afford quality over quantity. After all- tattoos are here to stay.


In conclusion, tattoos are an excellent way to express your individuality and represent what you find important and inspiring. With that being said, proper research should be done before getting any kind of tattoo to minimize safety risks. If done safely, tattoos are safe and should not cause you any harm or physical discomfort; but if something does feel wrong at any point during your session, speak up! We ultimately want what’s best for our customers – that includes a safe and risk-free environment for all! 

Ultimately, only you can decide if a tattoo is a right decision for you. Tattoos may not be right for everyone, especially those with a lower pain threshold or with allergies to certain inks and chemicals. However, if careful research is something you are willing to do steps have been taken to make sure that the process of getting a tattoo is as safe as possible. 

Ultimately, it comes down to your comfort level and weighing out the pros and cons of getting a tattoo. Before deciding on which option is the best one for you, take into account the potential risks involved along with all of the tips given by this blog to make an educated decision that is best suited for your needs!

Dawn Hankman

Dawn Hankman

Tattoos are a part of our life and our family - between us we have a couple of dozens of them.
So I decided to share some of what I found out along the way about getting inked.

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Tattoos are a part of our life and our family – between us we have a couple of dozens of them.
So I decided to share some of what I found out along the way about getting inked.

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