Applying tattoos involves risks. Make sure you are well rested and have eaten enough. Inform the tattoo artist of any medication use, skin problems, allergies, epilepsy and hypersensitivity reactions. And check on veiligtatoeerenenpiercen.nl that the studio where you want to have a tattoo has a permit. This permit indicates that the studio works in accordance with the hygiene guidelines of the ‘National Center for Hygiene and Safety’.

Do not have a tattoo applied:

  • in places where you have had plastic surgery or radiation in the past year;
  • on a scar that is less than a year old;
  • in a place that was tattooed less than six weeks ago;
  • in a place where a tattoo was lasered away less than three months ago or where the laser wound has not yet healed;
  • on irritated skin such as bumps, dark moles or swellings;
  • if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • if you are pregnant.

In addition, it is not recommended to have a tattoo put on if you suffer from one of the following conditions:

  • diabetes;
  • hemophilia;
  • chronic skin disease;
  • allergy to tattoo materials or ink;
  • immune disorder;
  • cardiovascular abnormalities.

Do you have any of these conditions or do you use anticoagulants or antibiotics? And do you want a tattoo? First consult the options with a doctor. For background information on the above risks, visit veiligtatoeerenenpiercen.

Placing the tattoo

Because a wound occurs during tattooing, there is a risk of contamination of diseases transmitted via blood, such as hepatitis B and C. Therefore, check that the tattoo artist works hygienically. A hygienic method is also important to prevent your new tattoo from inflammation. In any case, make sure that:

  • the skin is cleaned, disinfected and possibly shaved with a new disposable razor;
  • the needles and ink are packaged sterile and are only used for you; the needles are packed individually, ink is contained in small ink cups;
  • during tattooing, clean tissues are used to clean the skin;
  • the tattoo artist is wearing gloves when replacing the tattoo and replaces it if he or she touches something other than the tattoo device, a tissue or your skin;
  • the tattoo is cared for afterwards and covered.


A new tattoo is comparable to a scraping wound. Poor care and unsanitary treatment can cause wound infections and scar tissue. In addition, wound infections can lead to a less beautiful tattoo. If you take good care of the tattoo, it will take two to six weeks for the wound to heal. The tattoo artist gives a written explanation about the aftercare of tattoos. Read this carefully.