In this article, we'll explore the often-unspoken reality of tattoo mishaps, drawing upon a clients experiences and the opinions of our artists. We hope to shed light on this delicate subject and help others that are suffering from infected tattoos. 

Immediate Steps to Take

So you have had a new tattoo and something doesnt feel right? you are in pain, the area is red and is the infection localized or spreading? Is there evidence of pus or discharge?The first step we would suggest is to contact the artist in question either by popping into the studio or at least send them photos so they can assess the severity of the problem.  Hopefully the artist is approachable and provides you will some further advice on how to treat any infection that may be present. 

If you find they are less than helpful and are putting the blame on you which can be the case unfortunately then we of course recommend you speak to a health care professional. 

Seeking Professional Help

As artists, we pride ourselves on our ability to handle any challenge that comes our way. But when it comes to matters of health and safety, there are times when we must defer to the experts and than means health care professionals such as doctors. We must swallow our pride and seek out those who can offer the specialized care and treatment that our clients deserve.

Whether it's consulting with a dermatologist, a healthcare provider, or a fellow artist with experience in dealing with infections, seeking professional help is the responsible choice. It shows not weakness, but strength—not failure, but a commitment to doing what's right for our clients and our craft.

Navigating Tattoo Troubles: Dawn's Story and Advice

Jynx: Hi Dawn, thanks for sharing your experience with us. I'm sorry to hear about the troubles you've been facing with your recent tattoo. Can you tell me more about what happened and how you're feeling now?

Dawn: Sure, so I recently got a tattoo on my leg of a well-known animated character, and it's turned out to be a disaster. The whole process was unusually painful, even though I've got quite a few tattoos already. At first, it looked alright, but the next day, the area got redder and cleaning it became really painful. After a few days, it felt sticky and the pain just wouldn't go away. I reached out to the artist, but they said it looked fine. A week later, the redness spread, and it became excruciating to even walk on that leg. My husband took me to the doctor, who said it was overworked and deep. Now, I'm on antibiotics, but the pain persists, and it's hard to move around.

Jynx: It sounds like a tough situation. Seeing the tattoo, I can tell it's been overworked and needs some serious attention. Do you have any advice for others considering getting tattooed?

Dawn: Definitely. Research thoroughly before choosing an artist. Even though people react differently to colored inks, this wasn't my first rodeo. If you notice any pus or spreading redness around the tattoo, don't wait—seek medical help immediately.

Jynx: Thank you for sharing your experience and advice, Dawn. It's crucial for everyone to be aware of the risks and take precautions when getting tattooed. If you need any further assistance or support, don't hesitate to reach out.

A Artists Point Of View

We have to address each tattoo and any healing problems on a case by case basis. Some things to consider when it comes to infection is of course have you followed the aftercare instructions provided by the artist? have you had a instant reaction of has the problem started over a few days?

Their ar so many variables involved unfortunately, even if you have had a colour tattoo rather than black & grey. Although scientisfically proven coloujr tattoos can have different reactions on the skin than black & grey.

Even the area you have been tattooed can come into play, for example if you had the tattoo on your shin or lower leg then this can add to the potentional of infection. what can I say gravity in a bugger lol.


1. How do you know if your tattoo is infected?

Signs of a tattoo infection can vary, but common symptoms include:

  • Increased redness, warmth, or swelling around the tattoo site.
  • Persistent pain or tenderness that doesn't improve over time.
  • Pus or discharge oozing from the tattoo.
  • Fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms.

It's essential to monitor your tattoo closely during the healing process. If you notice any of these symptoms worsening or persisting beyond the normal healing period (usually a few weeks), seek medical attention promptly.

2. Can an infected tattoo heal on its own?

In some cases, mild infections may resolve on their own with proper care and hygiene. However, it's crucial not to rely solely on self-treatment, as untreated infections can worsen and lead to complications. If you suspect your tattoo is infected, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

3. What does a tattoo look like before it gets infected?

Before an infection sets in, a healing tattoo typically exhibits some redness, swelling, and minor discomfort, which are normal parts of the healing process. However, if these symptoms worsen or are accompanied by other signs of infection, such as pus or excessive pain, it's essential to seek medical evaluation.

4. Is a tattoo ruined if it gets infected?

While an infection can complicate the healing process and potentially affect the appearance of the tattoo, prompt treatment can often mitigate these effects. In severe cases, scarring or pigment changes may occur, but skilled tattoo artists can often touch up or revise the tattoo once the infection has cleared and the skin has healed.

5. Can you get sepsis from a tattoo?

While rare, untreated tattoo infections can lead to complications such as sepsis—a severe, life-threatening infection that spreads throughout the body. Sepsis requires immediate medical attention and can result in organ failure or death if left untreated. However, with proper care and early intervention, the risk of sepsis from a tattoo infection is significantly reduced.

6. Can you touch up an infected tattoo?

It's crucial to prioritize your health and safety above all else if you suspect your tattoo is infected. Attempting to touch up or revise an infected tattoo without addressing the underlying infection can worsen the condition and lead to further complications. Once the infection has cleared and the skin has healed, you can consult with your tattoo artist about potential touch-ups or revisions to improve the appearance of the tattoo. However, it's essential to wait until your healthcare provider gives you the green light to proceed with additional tattoo work.

Remember, if you have any concerns about your tattoo's healing process or suspect an infection, don't hesitate to seek professional medical advice. Early intervention can prevent complications and promote a safe and successful healing outcome.

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In conclusion, navigating the journey of tattoo healing and potential complications requires diligence, awareness, and prompt action. By understanding the signs of infection, seeking timely medical attention, and following proper aftercare practices, individuals can minimize the risk of complications and ensure a safe and successful healing process.

Remember, if you suspect your tattoo is infected or experiencing any unusual symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out to a healthcare professional for evaluation and treatment. Your health and well-being should always be the top priority.

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