This is becoming more important as disease and infection are spreading more rapidly every day, and unsafe tattooing is quickly becoming the culprit guilty of creating the necessity for tattooists to be vaccinated against Hepatitis for their own protection and for the protection of their future clients.
Unfortunately, it is not a common practice across the globe yet. Many studios still do not practice this safety measure. It does not necessarily mean they are unsafe, although practicing this does put a client’s mind at ease. If they are not vaccinated, just be sure they are following the other safety guidelines to prevent cross-contamination.
If they do claim to vaccinate, never just take anyone’s word for it. Do they have proof? Can they show you a doctor’s record proving they were vaccinated. If they tell you they don’t remember, they’re probably lying. When I went in for my Hep B vaccination, I told the doctor I wasn’t sure if I’d ever gotten one or not. She said I would definitely remember it if I had – it’s a series of 3 shots given over a 4 month period of time. It’s not something that’s going to just slip someone’s mind.
In this day and age, it is advisable that everyone is vaccinated against this disease. It wouldn’t hurt to make sure that you are vaccinated before you receive a new tattoo.