The Academy of Responsible Tattooing Warns the Public of the Dangers of At-Home Tattooing

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The Academy of Responsible Tattooing, a tattoo school, warns of the dangers of at-home tattooing. A growing trend, at-home tattoos can lead to dangerous infections and poor quality tattoos.

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Having tattoos done by a professional tattoo artist in a tattoo shop ensures a sterile environment and minimizes the risk of diseases spreading between clients.

While at-home tattooing has become an increasingly popular trend lately, professional tattoo artists at The Academy of Responsible Tattooing strongly advise against it, warning tattoo-seekers that at-home tattoos pose a serious health hazard. Unsanitary conditions and untrained tattooers can leave clients at risk for dangerous infections and diseases.

The Academy of Responsible Tattooing, which trains future tattoo artists in the proper and safe techniques of tattooing, explains that cross-contamination is a big problem among untrained professionals. When proper precautions are not taken to ensure that clean tools are used between clients, various diseases, like hepatitis C and HIV, can be spread.

"Some of the consequences of at-home tattooing are that people who are doing tattoos in their home don't have a clear understanding of cross contamination and keeping a sterile environment. What ends up happening is that many individuals end up with a swollen, irritated and possibly infected tattoo," says Israel Sanchez, an instructor at The Academy of Responsible Tattooing.

One reason that people turn to tattooing out of their homes is that tattoo shops take a large portion of the price of a tattoo. By moving operations to their house, these tattooers end up keeping the full price of the tattoo. What they may not realize, however, is that shops use this cut of the tattoo price to go towards extra safety measures. This money is used to pay for insurance and necessary equipment to keep shop conditions sanitary.

"Usually people who are trying to tattoo themselves are either trying to learn or save a buck. Usually you'll spend 10 times what you spent in the first place trying to fix your issues versus just getting it done right the first time," adds Sanchez. Cutting corners almost always costs more in the end.

Having tattoos done by a professional tattoo artist in a tattoo shop ensures a sterile environment and minimizes the risk of diseases spreading between clients. The Academy of Responsible Tattooing recommends always have tattoos done in a shop versus someone's home. The environment is safer, and clients will be happier with the results.

About the Academy of Responsible Tattooing

Located in Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Philadelphia, The Academy of Responsible Tattooing, a tattoo artist school, allows aspiring tattoo artists to advance their career through extensive training. For more information, please visit tattooschool-art.com.

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