Tattoo Safety and Care: What You Need to Know


If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, there are many things to consider besides the artwork. When done properly, a tattoo can be a wonderful piece of art or way to express yourself. But in order to keep yourself healthy and ensure a quality tattoo, experts share some important advice.

Tattoos have become so popular in recent years that nowadays it’s difficult to find someone between the age of 18 and 40 who doesn’t have one. In the past, there have been safety concerns about tattooing practices. However, tattoo artist Ryan Spencer from Battle Born Tattoo in Reno says there have been many advancements in safety and quality. “Sterilization methods have gotten more stringent and diligent,” Spencer says.

For example, the Washoe County Health District regulates tattoo safety with policies such as requiring artists to sterilize tools, use single-use needles and inks, wear gloves and properly dispose of used materials. When selecting a tattoo artist and shop, it’s important to ensure that they are in compliance with these local regulations.

Tattoo Safety

These advancements may be the reason medical providers don’t see many issues resulting from tattoos. Cathey Hamman, APRN at Renown Urgent Care, says “As far as complications, I’d say these are fairly rare. I don’t see very many people who come in with tattoo infections. We see it occasionally, but the vast majority heal without any complications.”

If you have any health concerns regarding a tattoo you’re planning to get or a tattoo you’ve already received, schedule an appointment with a Renown primary care provider by calling 775-982-5000 or visit a Renown Urgent Care.