Tattooing is perfectly safe if proper sterilization and infection control standards are followed: anything that comes in contact with blood or bodily fluids must either be disposed of (single-use)1 or sterilized, (autoclaved). Look carefully at the appearance of the studio and ask questions. Is the studio clean and professional-looking? Does it have a licence from the local Department of Health? Any health-service environment, including a tattooing studio, in which contact with blood and bodily fluids is possible, must have certification Is theTe an autoclave? ATe the needles and other items single-use? What kind of disinfectants are used? A professional and responsible studio takes pride in its health and safety procedures and will happily answer all your questions.