Ignorence is not hip

Following fashion trends is one thing, I get that. Hair trends, I get that too. Being tattooed is a trend that has been growing for years, and as a heavily tattooed person, I love seeing other people become interested in the industry, supporting local artists, and displaying a variety of styles and culture through this art form. It's fascinating, really. What I don't stand for, is the growing trend of "stick n' poke". Most, if not all of the people in this city who are performing this style of tattooing have no background or training, creating uncontrolled environments and are completely ignorant to the fact that they are putting themselves, and participating "clients" in a situation where they are at high risk of bloodborne infectious diseases. When will you idiots learn? After you realize that you are responsible for someone becoming infected with hepatitis C? hepatitis B? human immunodeficiency virus? Or will it be after you've become infected because you've been working with non sterilized equipment, working off of a surface that you've covered in saran wrap, and through the entire process of the "stick n' poke", you performed nothing but cross contamination because your simple mind hasn't even considered that cross contamination exists. If you're performing "stick n' pokes", and believe that this will help you become part of the industry, my advice to you is STOP, you're already a joke. Leave tattooing for professionals. Want to get tattooed but can't afford it? Now you're considering letting your friend, or a friend of a friend perform this practice of complete ignorance on you? Again my advice to you is STOP. If you can't afford tattoos you shouldn't have them, and honestly it's not hard to save. If you already have a "stick n' poke", I suggest you get some blood work done. —Tattooed & disease free

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