Are you a part of "the tattoo generation?"  If so, you're not alone.  A new Harris Interactive Poll estimates that an astounding 21 percent of all adults admit having at least one tattoo, up from 14 percent in 2008.  So this explains all the tat places popping up in the Greater Binghamton area.

Before you pick out your art, you may want to be aware of some of the health risks that are associated with tats.  Skin infections, allergic reactions and blood borne diseases are some of the most common.

According to Consumer Union, "19 customers in a Rochester, New York tattoo parlor were recently infected with Mycobacterium chelonae, an organism that causes a skin rash and, if left untreated, can harm the lungs."   The outbreak was traced to contaminated premixed grey ink purchased from another state.

The New England Journal Of Medicine reports, "outbreaks of deadly MRSA (Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) skin infections from commercially acquired tattoos."

It can easily happen.  If you're in the market for tattoo, it's a good idea to ask for the artist's credentials and check out the place for cleanliness before you book your appointment.  Your health and safety should always be a priority.

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