Tattoo infections can cause excruciating pain, ongoing medical care, and permanent disfigurement. The FDA has recalled some types of contaminated tattoo ink, but they believe bad ink is still being sold.
Pre-Tat Numbing Gel Recalled for Tattoo Infection Risk
In August 2019, a recall was issued for Pre-Tat by Tat Balm skin numbing gel and cream after it tested positive for microbial contamination, which could increase the risk of a tattoo infection if it is applied before a person gets a tattoo. Click here to read more.
White & Blue Lion Tattoo Ink Infection Class Action
In December 2014, a class action lawsuit has been filed in California by two people who developed severe tattoo infections after using bad ink from White & Blue Lion, Inc. Click here to read more.
Tattoo Ink Infections
Tattoo ink has caused several outbreaks of bacterial infection in the last few years. In July 2014, the FDA issued a recall for tattoo ink, needles, and kits manufactured by White & Blue Lion, Inc. and 8Decades.
The inks were linked to one infection. FDA testing discovered multiple types of bacteria. They also found that the ink was made from pigments that are not intended for injection into human skin. The FDA is concerned that products from the same manufacturer, and similar products, continue to be sold online.
What Can I Do?
Before you get a tattoo, ask to see the bottle. Do not get the tattoo if the bottle is marked with a dragon logo, or if the bottle is missing a brand, manufacturer, and address where the manufacturer can be contacted. Your artist should be aware of the origin of the ink and should be able to contact the manufacturer if an adverse event occurs.
Tattoo Infection Symptoms
- Painful skin rash
- Raised bumps on the skin
- Welts or hives
- Hard nodules or granulomas
- Excessive pain or itching
- And more