All you need to know about your tattoo!


We are obliged by law to inform you about the risks of getting a tattoo. What are the risks to your health?

If the tattoo is placed in poor conditions, this entails health risks such as:     

  • Bacterial skin- or cartilage infections, tetanus

At Tatsu-Tattoo, the treatment takes place under hygienic conditions. You can only get a bacterial infection by not following the aftercare instructions properly.

  • Viral infections (specifically hepatitis and AIDS)  

Viral infections are practically excluded at Tatsu-Tattoo because of the use of disposable material, spatulas and safe needle modules.

  • Allergic reactions to the ink

The ink pigments (especially the color ink) can sometimes trigger allergic reactions. With us, an allergy test is carried out as standard by means of a drop of the ink on the skin.

What should I pay attention to with regard to my health condition?

Consult a doctor in advance if you: are pregnant, suffer from haemophilia, allergies, a heart condition, a weakened immune system or repeated infections...

Consult a dermatologist if you experience skin problems, port-wine birthmark, moles, melanomas, etc.

Q: I'm going to a festival soon and want to get tattooed or pierced. Is that a good idea?
A: No, tattoo or piercing stands at rock festivals, erotic fairs, fairs and all kinds of markets are now prohibited. If you tattoo or pierce at an event, make sure that this is done in good hygienic conditions and with sterilized material.

Q: I want to get a tattoo. What should I pay attention to?
A: Fools rush in. Be sure of the tattoo before it's on your body forever. Do you really want to get your current partner's name tattooed? Will you still like that drawing in ten years? Fashion is always changing! Do you also know where on your body you want to get a tattoo? Is it a visible place? Not every potential employer is tolerant of visible tattoos. If you regret a tattoo on your lower leg or forearm, you will be warm in the summer with your long pants or long sleeves.

Q: I want to get a piercing. What should I pay attention to?
A: A piercing leaves a mark for the rest of your life. The piercing material must comply with the European regarding nickel recommendations. Cheap jewelry that you buy on vacation can often not be trusted.

Q: On which criteria do I choose a tattoo or piercing shop?
A: In the first place, choose a tattoo or piercing shop that is recognized and monitored by the FPS Public Health.

Q: What does the FPS Public Health check in a tattoo or piercing shop?
A: The inspector of the FPS checks the reception area, the work area, the cleaning room, the sterilization of the material and the quality of the products such as ink.

Q: What are the obligations of a tattoo or piercing shop?
A: The tattoo or piercing shop must:

  • Recognized by the FPS Public Health and the tattoo artist or piercer must have followed the training on hygiene rules.
  • Give you time to think before getting the tattoo.
  • Provide you with a document explaining how to take care of your tattoo during wound healing and what precautions to take.
  • Notify you in writing of the used ink identification and batch number.
  • A tattoo artist or piercer can't perform under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Q: What should I do after getting a tattoo or piercing?
A: Carefully apply the care tips given to you by the tattoo artist or piercer. Reduce exposure to the sun, bath, sauna and swimming pool during wound healing. Do not touch the area where the tattoo or piercing is with dirty hands. Always wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing. Keep an eye on wound healing. If the wound becomes painful, if you have a fever, infection, skin lesions, red spots or itching, see your doctor.

Q: I will be donating blood shortly after getting a tattoo or piercing. Do I have to report that?
A: Yes. Before any blood donation, report that you have had yourself tattooed or pierced, even if you have removed the jewelry. Your blood donation could be refused for a certain period of time.

Q: What does the training to become a tattoo artist or piercer consist of?
A: A tattoo artist or piercer will learn the basics of disinfection and sterility and learn to use the sterile equipment properly. Risks of infections and bleeding, first aid, waste management, hygiene rules and maintenance of rooms and furniture are also part of the training.

Q: How does the tattoo artist or piercer obtain recognition from the FPS Public Health?
A: The tattoo artist or piercer follows a 20-hour training course. If he passes a « practical » exam at the end of the training, he can obtain recognition. The recognition shows the training followed and aims to guarantee a high-quality service to the population.

Q: How can I see that a tattoo or piercing shop is recognized by the FPS Public Health?
A: Ask to see the certificate of hygiene rules training. That is legal proof. If the tattoo artist or piercer has passed the training, he will receive his recognition.

Q: How can I report a complaint or health problem I have encountered?
A: First of all, we recommend that you talk about the complaint and clarify it. Often the problem is based on a misunderstanding that can be resolved with a simple conversation.
If you have identified a problem regarding hygiene, sterilization of the material or quality of the ink used,... Please send an email to marcel.vanderauwera@gezondheid.belgie.be. Your complaint will be handled by the Health Inspector of the area the shop is located in.

Q: And if the result is disappointing? Who can I contact if I want to have the tattoo removed?
A: Never try to remove the tattoo yourself. Consult a dermatologist who has experience in this area. About 20% of tattooed people regret it afterwards. Having a tattoo removed is painful, expensive, time-consuming and not always with the desired result.

Q: What progress has been made in the sector in recent years?
A: The FPS Public Health has been in charge of this matter for ten years. hey wants to raise public awareness and make tattooing and piercing safe. The FPS follows the evolution of tattooing and piercing closely and offers tips to ensure that the practice takes place safely. They are involved at European level in the preparation of a regulation regarding the hygiene conditions and the chemical quality of the ink.

Q: Is there an age limit?
A: You can only get a tattoo if you're minimum 18 years or older. We will NOT tattoo minors under any circumstance.

Five good tips for the customer:

  • I don't get tattooed or pierced on a whim, or to "be like others" without having thought it through carefully.
  • I will not be tattooed or pierced at a market, a fair, at home or in any place other than a specially equipped room.
  • I don't get pierced with a gun. That is only allowed for the earlobe.
  • I never remove my jewelry before the wound is completely healed (unless medical advice is given). This can lead to infections or infections.
  • I will not get tattooed on a beauty spot! In this way its evolution cannot be monitored.