Special Report:Tattoos

POSTED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 4:37pm

Tattoos are a popular thing to get here in the Valley and around the country.
More than 45 million people in the US have at least one.
Doctor Brian Smith with Texas State Health and Human Services says some people try to save a buck or two and get it done by a friend instead of going to professional and that can be dangerous.
Smith says the majority of the problems he sees is when high students and people in prison give their friends tattoos.
Smith says they will apply the ink in non a sterile way and reuse needles causing some serious problem.

"Both of those places you have a risk of hepatitis B and hepatitis C which can be life threatening and cause liver problems and liver cancer."

Smith says a person not using proper technique will cause serious problems.

"You can inject staph into that site and end up with a staph infection of the skin where it was injected and if you reuse equipment without sterile needles or improper glove changes then you can put that into the next person."

Smith says if you are going to get a tattoo he recommends going to a professional where they use proper sterile equipment.
Every year tattoo shops are checked out by the Health Department to make sure they are up to code.
We are at Darkside of the Moon with tattoo artist Antonio Anguiano.
He has given tattoos all around the world and has 25 years experience.
He shows us the proper way to give a tattoo. First he steps up his work station.

"First I have to cover everything, it gives them a sense of safety."

Then he brings out his equipment including the needle.

"Each one comes in a single pack each one is sterilized sent to us by a tattoo company and all dated and marked."

Next he shows us the tubes.

"They are all marked and packaged sterile sticker it turns a different color to show it's sterile."

Once his equipment is set up including fresh ink he has his gloves on and is ready to get to work.

"Open the package in front of the customer."
"Fresh needle from the tattoo company, opened as well in front of the customer."

He shaves the clients in the area of the tattoo.
Then it's time to get to work.

"Don't get tattooed at home or at someone's house, even if it cost a lot more, save your money, it will be worth it in the long run."

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