How can a tattoo that heals perfectly kill you? It can very easily. A common misconception in the tattoo world is this:” My tattoo healed fine, so I didn’t get contaminated.” Wrong! The fact that a tattoo heals well (without infection) is only a sign that it was not contaminated with infectious bacteria. Infectious Bacteria contamination usually comes from dirty hands or dirty surfaces touching the ink, equipment, or the tattoo. This can cause a bacterial infections such as staphylococcus “staph” infection, pseudomonas infection, etc. It is usually obvious because it affects the healing process.
Bacterial infections often have excessive redness, fever, itchiness, swelling, and / or puss. The more hidden danger is cross contamination from someone else’s contaminated blood. This is less detectable, and more dangerous for several reasons. There is invisible micro spray which spreads in a cloud out of the running machine as well as out from the ink cap and off of the sprayed or squirted paper towel during a tattoo. The amount of blood in micro-spray form which is necessary to contaminate a person with a virus is invisible to the naked eye. These viruses take months and, in some cases, up to 5 years to gestate in your system and reproduce enough to become a detectable disease such as hepatitis or tuberculosis. Here is the question. If you found out that you have a life threatening disease 5 years after you got a tattoo (which healed beautifully and looks great)… are you going to think of the tattoo s the source of your contamination? Probably not! You might think of ” what sex partner could i have been with?” or ” what “public toilet?… where did I eat?!” However, the tattoo remains a very likely source of the contamination with infected blood.
Leaving ink bottles out on the work area or dispersing ink from the bottle near the exposed work area can contaminate the entire ink bottle. Use of that bottle could then infect every consecutive person which it is used on. Touching equipment or a supply drawer with a contaminated glove and then again during the next procedure can also infect a client with a potentially deadly virus. There are many errors in the clean technique of a procedure which cause cross contamination. Unfortunately these oversights happen all too often. This is how a perfectly healed tattoo can kill you! The A.C.T. is designed to spread awareness and prevent the spread of germs and disease.