While a tattoo may only take a few minutes to acquire, it is permanent. You should understand the risks and research the process before getting a tattoo. Tattooing involves breaking the skin, one of your body’s main protective barriers. This means you may be more susceptible to skin and blood infections. Specific risks include:
Bloodborne diseases. If the equipment used to do your tattoo is contaminated with the blood of an infected person, you can contract a number of serious bloodborne diseases. These include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, tetanus and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Skin infections. The use of unsterile equipment or re-used ink can result in skin infections, ranging from minor to potentially serious antibiotic resistant infections. Symptoms may include redness, swelling, or pus-like drainage.
Granulomas. Bumps may form around the site of the tattoo as a reaction to the ink. Scars and keloids. The ink may cause scars and keloids (raised, ridged areas caused by overgrowth of scar tissue).
Allergic reactions. The ink may cause an itchy rash at the tattoo site.
Swelling or burning. Tattooed areas may swell or burn during Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams.
Additional topics to discuss with your body art professional include their Bloodborne Pathogen Training, the establishment’s proficiency requirements, and the establishment’s autoclave monthly spore test results.
If abnormal itching, irritation, redness, swelling or fever should appear, please contact a physician immediately. These could be signs of a potentially serious medical condition that should be addressed.
To ensure that your body art procedure heals properly, we ask that you disclose if you have or have had any of the following conditions.
Disclosure does not legally prevent you from having a body art procedure.
PLEASE INITIAL EACH PROVISION ON THE LINES PROVIDED AFTER READING TO SHOW THAT YOU UNDERSTAND EACH PROVISION.
*disclosure of personal information on this form is optional and for Artist use only
In consideration of receiving a tattoo from an artist at TIME BEING (together with their location, employees, apprentices and agents, the “Studio”), I agree to the following:
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, I UNDERSTAND IT, I AGREE TO BE BOUND BY IT.