Monday, May 12, 2014

Upcoming Webinar Tuesday, May 13 - Temporary Tattoos: Raising Consumer Awareness of Safety

Summer vacation is on the way.  Time to pack your swim suit, hit the beach, and perhaps indulge in a little harmless fun.  How about getting a temporary tattoo to mark the occasion? What’s the harm? 

Just because a tattoo is temporary, however, doesn't mean it’s risk free. Some consumers report reactions that may be severe and long outlast the temporary tattoos themselves. The risk varies, depending on what’s in the ink. In this webinar, you will learn about different kinds of temporary tattoos and important safety information. 

The webinar will be presented by chemist Bhakti Petigara Harp, Ph.D., and epidemiologist Katherine Hollinger, D.V.M., M.P.H. Chemist John Gasper, B.S., M.A., J.D. will moderate the presentation. All three are with FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC). 


  • Moderator: John Gasper, B.S., M.A., J.D.. a chemist with OCAC's Cosmetics Division.
  • Featured Speaker: Bhakti Petigara Harp, Ph.D., a chemist with OCAC's Colors Technology Team, and Katherine Hollinger, D.V.M, M.P.H., an epidemiologist with OCAC's Cosmetics Division


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Concerned Over Illegal Tattoo Operations

WHEELING -The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is encouraging residents to only use permitted tattoo establishments when getting tattoos, body art or piercings. Residents are also advised to avoid participating in local "tattoo parties" where unlicensed activity is common.

Tattoo parties are events where an unlicensed person, often referred to as a "scratcher," or business provides tattoos for their guests. These events often occur inside homes or hotel rooms using inexperienced artists and they are very popular with minors looking for an inexpensive tattoo without their parent's consent. These types of unlicensed events are illegal in Ohio County and West Virginia and often take place under unsanitary conditions.

Individuals risk exposure to infection and blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis by receiving tattoos from unapproved artists in unsanitary setting such as private homes or apartments, and using anything but sterile needles risks transmitting blood-borne diseases to the recipient of the tattoo.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The real cost of a cheap tattoo

Unlicensed tattoo artists often work from their homes, sometimes offering customers designs for little more than a tenner.

But if they are not sterilising equipment properly, the real cost could be much greater.

Blood borne infections such as Hepatitis B or C and HIV can be transmitted through contaminated needles, and the symptoms can remain hidden for years.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AHS warns Edmontonians to get tested after tattoo parlour shut down

Alberta Health Services is warning Edmontonians who may have received fresh ink from a home-based tattoo shop to get tested for viruses, including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.

The province issued a closure order for Tazzman Tattoo, an operation run out of a residence near 107 Avenue and 105 Street, and artist Steve Tazz Devilman.

AHS believes the parlour was not using proper sterilization or sanitation processes when administering tattoos.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Prisons grapple with tattoo problem

Tattoo artists tagged with rule violations 10,000 times in three years.

Ohio prison inmates are tattooing their bodies using devices pieced together from everyday materials, even though getting inked in unsterilized environments such as prison cells can lead to the spread of bacteria and infectious diseases, including Hepatitis C and MRSA.

Data obtained by the Dayton Daily News show prison officials during a three-year period filed nearly 10,000 code of conduct violations against Ohio inmates for possessing items that are used to create body art. Thousands of other internal charges were filed against inmates for getting tattoos.

Treating prisoners for Hepatitis C, MRSA and other infections can be pricey, and prisoners who develop health problems from unsterilized equipment can face long-term consequences, including liver disease and early death.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Newcastle's tattoo queen: $44,000 spent on a living canvas

Amie Golding has spent $44,000 on her love of tattoos.
Amie Golding has spent $44,000 on her love of tattoos. Photo: Anita Jones

For a lot of people $44,000 is money best spent on a house deposit, a new car or an epic overseas adventure.

Yet Amie Golding has spent that much over 12 years, inking artwork all over her body.

Working in the hospitality industry and covered in tattoos, the 28-year-old can’t hide away from the inevitable stares and odd remarks.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Organisation warns of risk to public from blood-borne diseases through increase in popularity of tattooing and body piercing.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is calling on the government to address what it sees as a major public health risk posed by the dramatic increase in tattooing and body piercing.

It has warned that the inability of local authorities to insist that tattooists and piercers undergo accredited training is putting the public at risk.

Concerns centre on the ease with which skin infection and blood-borne diseases can be spread through poor practice. In particular diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D and HIV can all be transmitted through unhygienic practice and an unclean working environment.

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