Big or small, tattoos are now mainstream, but recent outbreaks of tattoo-related infections are cause for concern.
In tattoo parlors that don't follow good infection prevention practices, there can be a risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis. But there are ways you can reduce your risks. First, keep a clear head and never drink before you ink. And avoid homemade tattoos.
Instead, find an experienced tattoo artist. Check that the artist uses individually packaged single-use kits with disposable needles and tubes and wears sterile, disposable gloves. Consumer Reports advises if you do see any sign of a rash or infection, consult a doctor.
And remember, tattoos aren't easily removed. You don't want to be stuck with something that's really ugly or down the line you're going to regret.