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Tattoos and infection: Think before you ink

October 12, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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Blake grey
November 29, 2012

Tattoo has become a fashion symbol nowday’s , but many times before getting inked people don’t think and just do it . I would recommend all before going you all should do the syrvey about the best studio and then do.

acccess control
November 16, 2012

Following this tatto trend seems to be cool. But what important is our own health. One should not spoil or cause any kind of damage to his or her skin.

Tattoo Girl
November 3, 2012

Agreed, but thn again, you will only find such infections at a backyard tattoo minor. You must go to a proper pro tattoo shop and do a background check first.

Rich Amor
November 3, 2012

Think about your tattoos on your skin, while you’ll get older (60s or 70s), and your grandson look upon you. :d

Tattoo Planner
October 17, 2012

Good article! Planning is indeed essential

Cty Anh Phương
October 15, 2012

I do not like tattoo can for other people look at me with the eyes is not good

October 16, 2012

People today are more open minded, they consider a tattoo as part of their fashion. Depends on your intention to get a tattoo, people won’t judge you based on your appearance but more on you character.

Philadelphia Real Estate
October 13, 2012

Great article! I think too many people today don’t understand all of the risks that come with getting tattoos. They just see celebrities on TV all inked up and want to look like them.

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