They Can Fade, Break, Or Disappear. Oh, boy. This is sadly true about a lot of amateur tattooists: their work may fade, break, or disappear. With bad tattooing, bad maintenance, or just plain terrible ink, your tats can fade, break, or even disappear if they were done with light ink.
They Can Also Glow. So, you’re hanging out at a club, and all of a sudden, you wander into a black light room filled with people holding glowsticks. Then, one of your friends points at your new tattoo. It’s glowing, and it almost looks like really well-applied glow paint. What’s going on here?
Lastly, They Can Become A Family Heirloom. One biker actually had his skin tanned like a leather hide so that they could preserve his tattoo after he died. So, if you’re looking for a gruesome family heirloom, this is it. We just suggest you keep things healthy, too.
They Can Spread Hep C Or HIV. There have been occasions that have detailed the spread of HIV, Hep C, and other incurable blood-borne diseases through tattoo needles. In some cases, people have even caught tuberculosis because they decided to get inked abroad. These aren’t just scare stories - they have actually happened.
Your Skin May Raise Up Just A Little. So, you got your first tattoo. It stung, but so far, you don’t seem to notice anything too unusual about it. It’s not infected, but when you touch it, you can’t help but notice that your skin is slightly raised where you have your ink. Everything else seems normal. So, what gives?
They Can Glow, Continued. If you have a tattoo that glows, it’s very likely because you paid a little extra and got UV ink instead of regular ink. With UV ink, your tattoo will glow underneath black light. In some cases, UV ink can actually be invisible in normal daylight.
They Could Be Cause Of An Outbreak. Most tattoo infections happen because of the way that a parlor could dilute ink. If the infection is from Mycobacterium Chelonae, it’s because they diluted the ink with water. In 2013, 49 people have dealt with this kind of outbreak - and 19 of them were in New York. A good way to prevent this is to ask about ink dilution, and what their procedures are.