Body art is more common than ever. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 21 percent of US adults have at least one tattoo. And while you could be the proud owner of a new piece of body art in a matter of hours — it’s important to not let the ease of the process stop you from thinking carefully about the risks. Before you get a tattoo or piercing, make sure you understand basic safety precautions and aftercare.
Read on to learn these and some other important tips to keep in mind before heading to the tattoo parlor.