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Getting a tattoo


Getting the tattoo

Because a wound is created during tattooing, there is a risk of infection from blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and C. Therefore, check whether the tattoo artist works hygienically. Hygiene is also important to prevent your new tattoo from getting infected. In any case, make sure that:


  • the skin is cleaned, disinfected and possibly shaved with a new disposable razor before tattooing.

  • the needles and ink are packaged sterile and used only for you. The needles are packed individually, ink is in small ink cups

  • clean tissues are used during tattooing to clean the skin

  • the tattoo artist wears gloves during the tattoo and replaces them if he or she changes anything

  • touches anything other than the tattoo machine, a tissue or your skin;

  • the tattoo is taken care of and covered afterwards

Information and Risks

Applying tattoos involves risks. So make sure you are well rested and have eaten enough. Inform the tattoo artist of any medication or skin problems, allergies, epilepsy and hypersensitivity reactions. And check onwww.veiligtatoeerenenpiercen.nlthat the studio where you want to get a tattoo is ahas a permit. This permit indicates that the studio works in accordance with the hygiene guidelines of the National Center for Hygiene and Safety.

Tattooing and the healing process can come with risks and potential complications as explained to you. You will be given instructions on aftercare to help you minimize the effects.

It is normal for tattooing to be accompanied by pain, redness and swelling. If these symptoms worsen during the healing process, it could be a sign of an infection and you should see a doctor.

Some complications may be related to your health situation. It is important for your safety that the tattoo artist is informed of this. Additional precautions may be necessary.

Tattoos are permanent and, depending on the ink used, they may not be able to be removed properly.

If in doubt, treatment should be delayed and medical advice should be sought.


Do not get a tattoo:

  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding;

  • if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

  • on a mole or a scar left over from melanoma removal.

The following conditions or conditions may put you at a higher risk of complications:

1) Skin:

  • a) skin infection regardless of location and type of infection;

  • b) allergies (please indicate if you have an allergy, for example latex allergy, allergy to metals and preservatives);

  • c) areas of skin that appear damaged or abnormal, including moles;

  • d) any active skin diseases (e.g. eczema, psoriasis);

  • e) skin areas that have been subjected to plastic surgery or radiotherapy including recent scars and keloids (according to medical advice);

  • f) a previously tattooed spot that has not completely healed;

  • g) a place where a tattoo has recently been lasered off or removed by another method if the wound has not yet healed.


2) General Disorders:

  • a) haemophilia or any other coagulation disorder;

  • b) epilepsy, cardiovascular disease;

  • c) known allergies (see in F.2, 1), e.g. latex allergy);

  • d) diabetes;

  • e) an autoimmune disease;

  • f) immunosuppression and immune compromised disorders;

  • g) sarcoidosis.


If any of the above circumstances or conditions affect youapplies and youIf you still want a tattoo, please consult your doctor first and seek advice.

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