Truth about DIY Tattoo Kits
The tattoo trend of the last 10 years or so is showing no real sign of slowing down, and while that is good news for ink enthusiasts, it’s also creating a bit of a problem for those who may not be so tattoo savvy. Common sense should tell you that a little bit of research should be done before you allow any artist to work on the tattoo that you want. They should do solid work, and they should operate out of a shop that has met or exceeded all the health regulations in the area in which it operates. There are plenty of these types of places around, but there are also those that are unclean, unsafe, and where scratchers ply their trade.
The reason that people end up in those less than savory shops is often because they shy away from paying the prices that are fair for a good tattoo. This explains why so many people are walking around with awful tattoos, and why many more have horror stories about scars and infections to tell. The bad news here is that things may be about to get worse before they get better, and it’s all because DIY tattoo kits are suddenly becoming a thing.
These kits, sometimes referred to as stick and poke kits, sell for around $40, and come with everything you need to give yourself a very iffy looking tattoo. You are not getting all the essentials to create a colorful koi fish or a great traditional piece, as what you get are the tools to give yourself a wobbly little stick figure man who looks like he has developed rickets. It’s a very basic kit for doing very basic pieces, but it also has the potential to be ridiculously dangerous.
A good tattoo shop is a very clean, sterile environment, and it should be. We are talking about using needles to puncture the skin repeatedly, and inks that have been designed for the sole purpose of being safe to penetrate said skin. The DIY tattoo kits come with a poking needle that can very quickly get unclean, especially if you don’t take the time to sterilize it. They also come with ink that has already, in some instances, been recalled by the FDA. You are looking at a pretty ugly skin irritation at best, and some awful microbiological issue at the very worst. You are also looking at paying a good tattoo artist a lot of money to cover up the damage that you have done to yourself.
We understand that you might not have the money to get the killer tattoo that you want right now. The question we have for you is “what’s the rush?” Take the money you have right now and go get the outline done by a reputable artist. You can then add to the piece as you go, especially if you are interested in a larger tattoo. The last thing you should do is take matters into your own hands with a DIY kit, because all you are buying is pain and regret.