INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS OF TATTOO STUDIOS
You are planning to get a tattoo. Here's some information being published by the public health department GGD to advise you regarding some possible risks. If tattooists do not handle their equipment properly, there is a chance that you could get infected by blood-borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis B and C. Unhygienic practices may also cause infections that could harm you and compromise your tattoo.
According to the letter of the law: If you are younger than 16 years of age you must obtain signed approval from your parent or legal guardian. But, here at House of Tattoos, the minimum age requirement is 18 years old.
A tattoo is made by many tiny needles depositing ink underneath the skin surface. An image will result that will remain there for life. With tattooing, ink and pigments are deposited under the skin. This is why strict regulations govern the type of inks and pigments used for tattooing (mandatory by law since 2003).
Before the actual tattoo is made, the surrounding skin must be cleaned and disinfected. Body hair must in some cases be shaved. Shaving is done with a new one-use disposable razor. Getting tattooed must occur under sterile conditions. That means that the needle that will penetrate your skin may not have been used previously by anyone else; it must be unwrapped from a sterile package and must not be touched by bare hands.
The ink that is used must also be sterile. The ink used for your tattoo is put into small ink cups. These are for you and no one else. Any remaining ink will be thrown away. While being tattooed, tissues and cream or petroleum jelly will be used.
The tissues must of course be clean and thrown away after use.
Tattooists must always wear plastic (nitrile) gloves and will always replace them whenever they touch anything other than the salve, a tissue or your skin. When finished, the tattooed skin will be covered with a sterile compress.
A newly inked tattoo can be compared to a graze. The wound caused by the tattoo needs care and time to heal. With the proper care, the wound will heal in about one week. Your tattooist will give you verbal and written instructions on how to do so. The instructions include how to take care of your tattoo and that you should contact a doctor in the event of complications such as excessive redness, swelling, pus and discharge. We recommend that you do not swim or take a bath (showering is permitted), sunbathe or use a sauna in the time that your tattoo is healing. After the healing process, use a high protection suncream when sunbathing.
We recommend that you do not get tattooed:
If you have any of the following: diabetes, haemophilia, chronic skin disease, contact allergy, immune disorder, heart and/or vascular disease .
If you are using anti-coagulation medicine.
If you are pregnant.
On the body where plastic surgery or radiotherapy has been done, on imperfections of the skin (birthmarks, etc.)
You must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while getting tattooed.
Make sure you are well rested, have eaten well and tell you tattooist about things that you think might be important (like if you are using medicine, have allergies or are treated by a dermatologist).
Health Regulations apply to tattooists working in The Netherlands. The LHCV (national center for health) has formulated guidelines which tattooists are legally obliged to follow.