Tattoos have beautified people since the beginning of times. They represent a very strong symbol that communicates personal traits, strengthens the reminiscence of certain memories and marks important events in one’s life. Some remote communities base their growth on tattoo art, which is the symbol of maturity while more civilized societies do it for fun or to simply enrich their appearance.
Tattoo art is controversial nevertheless, as some amateurs put us at risk of developing diseases, due to lack of hygiene and an unprofessional approach over the highly delicate matter. Now, Florida officials are warning people about contaminated tattoo ink made and distributed in South Florida.
The ink comes from the organization known as “A Thousand Virgins” and it contains harmful bacteria. For now, shades G1, G2 and G3 have been recalled.
Officials send serious warnings and declare that anyone who receives a tattoo with the mentioned shades, coming from A Thousand Virgins, is at risk of infection. Moreover, people with heart diseases, diabetes or low immune systems are particularly exposed.
A recent tattoo that provides uncommon redness, itching, swelling, bumps or blemishes puts you at high risk and you are urged to seek medical care.
The delicate issue has been highlighted since June 22, when A Thousand Virgins recalled certain tattoo inks sold separately and in sets. Unopened inks collected during a special investigation were found to contain harmful microorganisms, including Mycobacterium chelonae.
Both artists and consumers who want to purchase tattoo ink or who plan to get a tattoo are advised to examine the ink bottles and assess whether the product is part of the recent recall.
After getting tattooed, the area should be closely monitored and medical care must be sought if one notices any unwanted side effect emerging. Pain in the area could be a serious sign of infection so the situation must be handled with extreme care and medical assistance.
Even if it might sound extremely fun, getting a tattoo should be second guessed. First of all, we will have our skin marked for the rest of our lives and secondly, extreme hygiene conditions are needed, as that needle will pierce our epidermis and touch extremely vulnerable tissues in our bodies.
Tattoo artists are urged to work in sterile environments and with best quality inks, in order to avoid infecting their customers. As contaminated tattoo ink takes over Florida, awareness is raised and people have the chance to reconsider or better consider getting a tattoo.
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