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More Swedes getting homemade tattoos

TT/The Local/rm · 15 Jul 2011, 14:53

Published: 15 Jul 2011 14:53 GMT+02:00

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Both tattoo artists and sellers of tattooing equipment alike confirm a rise in the number of homemade tattoos in Sweden, according to news agency TT.

“You try it on your friends first and then you think you’ve got it,” said Fredrik Haux of the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

In most cases the hand that wields the needle belongs to a happy amateur, according to Haux.

But professional tattoo artists are warning that the risks of infection increases greatly if the procedure is performed in a home environment.

One of the reasons behind the trend could be the unwillingness to pay expensive studio prices as well as the low cost of the equipment itself – a start up package sets customers back around a thousand kronor ($153).

But those who get a tattoo with unsterilized tools are putting themselves at risk for disease and infection, according to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), which advises against homemade tattoos.

“Anything can spread via the blood, hepatitis and HIV for example,” said Haux, though added that there are no known cases of HIV spreading this way in Sweden.

But to keep the premises clean is difficult and unlike professional sites, environment and health authorities don’t conduct inspections of private homes.

“If you have disposable instruments that are kept completely sterile it might work to do this kind of thing from your own home,” said Haux.

Otherwise, he added, the would-be tattooists need to invest in sterilizing equipment, which will set them back several thousand kronor.

Normally tattoo artists would use a so-called autoclave, an instrument used to sterilize equipment by subjecting them to high-pressure saturated steam, to make sure all tattooing tools are clean.

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But not all budding DIY artists want to invest in one of these and without one it is hard to keep equipment sterile.

But according to Alexander Pettersson Sundelin from Stockholm, a regular tattoo customer, the choice between a professional studio and a private tattoo artist isn’t so clear-cut.

“There are great artists who tattoo in their homes and take all possible hygiene precautions and then there are practitioners in studios that shouldn’t tattoo at all because they lack both the qualifications and equipment,” he told TT.

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Your comments about this article

15:28 July 15, 2011 by KennyC
16:21 July 15, 2011 by byke
There is a tattoo house in stockholm called C.S.I Tattoo and they have to be the very worst tattoo house I have ever seen. They don't even have a portfolio of images or photos they allow customers to look through. The scariest part was they offered cheap tattoos via gruopon.se and sold something like 700 vouchers.

If you do a google search on this tattoo parlor , you can see first hand how terrible they are. I personally would rather get tattooed in a Russian prison as even Ray Charles could do a better job than CSI TATTOO.
17:40 July 15, 2011 by Stickeroo
Have you seen Ray Charles' new tattoo? Neither has he!
17:41 July 15, 2011 by alexlost
Byke, nice to see someone else that finds how horrible they are.

Since they are one of the worst tattoo studios in sweden.

I am the one who got this tattoo done by this studio http://csitattoo.blog.com

Even funnier how he went to the police to report me. Or how he now sues me for 70 000 SEK because of that blog. I just tell the truth about how terrible this studio is, and this dumb "tattoo artist" wants me to shut up... I never will!
17:53 July 15, 2011 by Swedesmith
I wanted to get "Mom" tattooed on my bicep, but my arms weren't big enough so all they put was "Mo".
17:58 July 15, 2011 by Steve Ames
Even if your girlfrien/boyfriend has a tattoo done at a hygenic studio the blood donation people will not accept your own blood until a year has passed to be sure that you dont pass infections on to the vulnerable sick, goodness knows what they would think about a tattoo done in this way.
18:33 July 15, 2011 by Raiha
What's with the 'so-called' business? There's no so-called about it, it IS an autoclave.

Reminds me of the branding craze in the states, a whole bunch of idiots marking themselves on a drunken whim then waking up to realise... 'oh god, this ain't going away...EVER'
18:53 July 15, 2011 by Tennin

I took a look at your blog, and OMG is all I can say. That tattoo is ummmm god awful, I don't blame you for not going back to finish. You should go somewhere else and get it covered.
20:49 July 15, 2011 by johnny1939
Adam/Amsterdam anybody?
21:57 July 15, 2011 by Englishted
Aren't tatoo a lesbian pop band ?
11:49 July 16, 2011 by Nemesis
@ alexlost

What is the Url of your Blog?
19:27 July 16, 2011 by alexlost
Nemesis: http://csitattoo.blog.com
10:45 July 17, 2011 by Maggie Malay
When I was young, tattoos were popularly associated with sailors and ex-cons.

Yeeugh! I think tattoos are horrible!
17:19 July 19, 2011 by Concerned_Dad
This "trend" will end when people realize that (1) homemade tattoos look terrible, and (2) it's 100 times easier to get hepatitis C and HIV from amateurs. Go to a professional! I have tattoos, all from pros and all hidden by clothes so that people don't assume I'm a lowlife! Get a recommendation to an artiist to avoid a bad tattoo!
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