Don’t get tatted before you thINK!

By the time some of us leave college we will have a tattoo or a few. But college students are notorious for being extremely broke, that doesn’t mean we have to get underground basement tattoos for cheap!

Tattoos are very dangerous and risky to have, there have been cases of hepatitis and other disease due to dirty needles. Some signs of infection are swelling, oozing, bumps and hives.


There have been metals found in cheaper tattoo ink. It has been found that in red in there has been mercury according to this article. These inks contain cadmium or iron oxide. The metals create allergic reactions in the skin such as eczema. Other metals that can be intertwined in the inks are lead, arsenic, cobalt and nickel.

Just remember to think before you INK!



Lrandall. “This Is What Happens When You Don’t Get Your Tattoo Done Properly… as Gross Footage Shows a Man Pull Rotting Flesh from His Infected Ink.” The Sun. N.p., 30 June 2016. Web. 15 Sept. 2016.


“Signs of a Tattoo Allergy & Tattoo Infections.” Signs of a Tattoo Allergy & Tattoo Infections. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2016.



5 thoughts on “Don’t get tatted before you thINK!

  1. Madelyn Erin Peikin

    I really enjoyed reading this post! Thanks for sharing. I really like that you emphasized the fact that not all tattoos are sanitary. Often times, people will settle for a cheaper tattoo because they don’t want to spend the money, but end up regretting it in the long run because the tattoo gets infected. People really do need to keep in mind that a tattoo is for life, and spending a little bit more money on something that is forever is not a big deal. If people don’t want to spend the extra money in order to ensure the fact that their tattoo is sanitary, they probably should not be getting one. I have thought about getting a tattoo multiple times before. Although I have never gone through with it, I will be sure to go to a certified tattoo artist if I ever do go through with getting a tattoo. I would so much rather be safe than sorry! Here is a link to a video about getting tattoos for the first time. The girl talks about the do’s and don’ts for the first time. Although these are only her opinions, I found the video to be interesting.
    Thanks again for sharing!

  2. dwd5373

    I agree with this post 100 percent. If you’re going to get something put on your body for the rest of your life it should be done well and what you want it to look like. I know a lot of kids who have gotten horrendous tattoos because they didn’t have enough money to get a good one. Heres a picture of a terrible tattoo!

  3. Corbin Kennedy Miller

    I had no idea that certain tattoos could be so dangerous. I knew that the cheaper the tattoo, the less artistic the tattoo, but I never thought much about the quality of ink itself. It’s crazy to think that these tattoos could have so many different types of metal, especially because its a liquid and not a solid. It definitely makes you think long and hard about where and if you want to get a tattoo. Here’s an interesting article about how the ink is able to stay permanent (

    1. Grace Ellen Leibow

      I totally agree with your comment, I never thought much about the ink quality and needle safety when considering prices of tattoos. I personally have thought about the possibility of getting a tattoo myself, and have a number of friends who have tattoos, or are planning on getting one in the near future. For anyone considering a tattoo here at Penn State, I found a cute article by a newspaper here, Onward State, that has a collection of Penn State-themed tattoos students have gotten in the past. However, make sure to do your research before actually getting any of these, and make sure the ink is quality!

Leave a Reply