SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a serious warning to tattoo artists, and those looking to get a tattoo, about certain inks.
The FDA is recalling some inks because it says they have microorganisms in them that can cause infections and serious health problems when injected into the skin. There’s actually a tattoo convention going on Friday at the Savannah Convention Center.
We spoke to a few tattoo suppliers and artists at the convention who say customer safety is paramount, and that they take recall notices and product warnings very seriously.
From all over the country, artists and vendors specializing in tattooing have converged upon the Hostess City. It’s an opportunity to share their craft with others, make a name for themselves, and the last thing they want is for a client to be at risk.
“I don’t like taking any chances. Depending on the situation, especially with ink going into the skin, definitely don’t want to put that into somebody if it has any rumors of contamination or anything," said tattoo artist, Michael Colon.
The FDA posted pictures of the contaminated inks online, which include all lots of Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics, two specific lot numbers of Black tattoo ink manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc., and one lot of Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink manufactured by Color Art Inc.
“Unfortunately, the tattoo community has gotten so big that there are outsiders selling us products that we don’t know about, maybe. You only know after you try it. The new thing with the Dynamic ink and a couple other companies, it’s a shame," said tattoo artist, Marcus Dove, Kustom Hustle.
Dove says his business sticks to the same ink they’ve used for years, adding that it’s important for consumers to do their research, not only for things like ink recalls, but also to make sure the artist they pick is legit.