For some people, a popular souviner to take home from a vacation is – a tattoo. We all probably know someone who got a small piece to commemorate a trip or an event, a spur of the moment decision. Now granted, when these urges come about you are at the mercy of the tattoo artists in the area and chances are slim that Bob Tyrell or Joe Capobianco are just doing walk-ins somewhere in the African Desert.
Unfortunately travellers who have gotten tattooed or pierced in Bali have been urged to seek medical advice after an Australian man contracted the HIV virus during a recent vacation. While investigations are still underway into this particular case, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that to avoid infections from HIV and viral hepatitis, individuals should not share needles for tattoos, body piercings, or other injections.
With that being said, you still need to take extreme precautions when getting inked. Use your head at all times! Get educated on what to look for at a tattoo studio. Regardless of where you get your tattoo, make sure all needles are removed from a sterile single-use package before use, and that your artist washes his or her hands and wears sterile gloves. Also make sure the bathroom and the tattoo area are clean and free of clutter. That’s a good sign on the sanitation of the place. You can be spontaneous and safe at the same time.