Contemplating a new tattoo? This is a great blog post to read if you are planning on shopping for your next tattoo based on price alone.
Unlicensed tattoo artists often work from their homes, sometimes offering customers designs for little more than a tenner.
But if they are not sterilising equipment properly, the real cost could be much greater.
Blood borne infections such as Hepatitis B or C and HIV can be transmitted through contaminated needles, and the symptoms can remain hidden for years.
Even if it is not that serious, painful infections can scar the skin.
Unregistered tattooists, or scratchers, are hard to trace, so Hartlepool Council has become the first in the country to introduce hygiene rating systems for tattoo studios.
They hope that by promoting the legitimate businesses, they will raise awareness of the risks, and let customers know where they…
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