Tattoos drawing attention

Note:  the article discusses the risk of tattoos and hepatitis C, but as this articles points out that it is a transmission route in unsafe settings--NOT in commercial settings were safety is being carefully followed.

Tattooing, once a fringe, minority pursuit, is going mainstream in Dunedin, local tattoo artists say, with everyone from law students to nurses inking their skin.

But, the council says as legitimate operations flourish, there has been a spike in tattooing of the underground, backyard variety, too.

There were eight registered tattoo studios in Dunedin, but many more illegal operators were working out of private homes, with no training, risky hygiene practices and cheap tools and ink, Dunedin City Council Environmental Health and Animal Services manager Ros MacGill said.


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