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Tattoos & Piercing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Health and Safety of Tattoo Artists, Body Piercers, and Their Clients
Outlines safety procedures and explains the importance of proper needle safety practices
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?
Examines the risks, tattoo ink research, tattoo tips for consumers
Tattoos and Permanent Makeup
Examines the risks and provides information about reporting adverse reactions
Mayo Clinic
Tattoos: Risks and precautions to know first
Find out what risks tattoos pose, ways to protect yourself and what to do if you no longer want the body art
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Tattooing Information and Guidelines for Tattooists and Consumers in Minnesota
Includes information applicable to tattooing in general
Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN)
Safe Tattooing
Easy-to-read flyer, emphasizes the importance of needle safety practices to avoid transmission of deadly diseases
TeensHealth from the Nemour Foundation
Q&As for teens about tattooing, includes information on how to avoid infection
Professional Organizations
Association of Professional Piercers
International organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, and legislators
Alliance of Professional Tattooists
Nonprofit educational organization that was founded in 1992 to address the health and safety issues facing the tattoo industry
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