Risks and disclaimer

Information about

the risks of tattoos.

The application of tattoos involves risks. Make sure you are well rested and have eaten. Inform the tattoo artist about any medication or skin problems, allergies, epilepsy and hypersensitivity. And check on www.veiligtatoeerenenpiercen.nl that the studio where you want to have a tattoo is licensed. This permit indicates that the studio operates in accordance with the hygiene guidelines of the National Center for Hygiene and Safety.

Do not apply a tattoo:

• in areas where you have undergone plastic surgery or radiation in the past year;

• on a scar that is less than a year old;

• in a area that has been tattooed less than six weeks ago;

• in a area where less than three months ago a tattoo has been lasered or where the laser wound has not yet healed;

• on irritated skin such as bumps, dark moles or swelling;

• if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

• if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

In addition, it is not recommended to have a tattoo if you suffer from one of the following conditions:

• diabetes

• haemophilia

• chronic skin disease

• allergy to tattoo materials or ink

• immune disorder

• cardiovascular abnormalities.

Do you have any of these conditions or do you use anticoagulants or antibiotics then see a your doctor first.

Making the tattoo:

Because a tattoo is basically a wound, there is a risk of transmitting diseases via blood, such as hepatitis B and C. Therefore, check whether the tattoo artist works hygienically. A hygienic way of working is also important to prevent your new tattoo from getting infected. Make sure that:

• before tattooing the skin is cleaned, disinfected and optionally shaved with a new disposable razor blade;

• the needles and ink are in sterilized pouches and are only used for you and that the needles are packed individually.

• clean tissues are used during tattooing to clean the skin.

• the tattoo artist is wearing  gloves and replaces them if he or she touches something other than the tattoo machine, a tissue or your skin;

• the  finished tattoo is taken care of and covered.


A new tattoo is similar to an abrasion. Poor care and unhygienic treatment can cause wound infections and scar tissue. In addition, wound infections can lead to a less beautiful tattoo. If you take care of the tattoo well, it takes two to six weeks until the wound is healed. The tattoo artist will give you written instructions about the aftercare. Read these carefully.