Avoiding Tattoo Scams

With the growing popularity of tattoos, so increases the amount of profiteers targeting the tattoo industry in their efforts to defraud a well-intentioned yet often misinformed public.

We have seen the emergence of products in big box stores that are specifically marketed with traditional flash designs and the label "tattoo", simply containing ordinary products at inflated prices. Websites selling "tattoo" designs, telling you that your artist won't be able to do the tattoo unless you buy the line drawing. Various companies with fantastic claims of "at home tattoo removal" have come and gone, with more new schemes emerging every couple of years. There are even companies trying to sell a tattoo education in a classroom setting.

These opportunistic profiteers prey on the public and threaten the reputation of legitimate tattoo practitioners.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


At Home "Tattoo Removal" Products

In an effort to profit from people's misfortune of a regretful tattoo, many companies are inventing clever ways to help you correct your mistakes.

A quick internet search displays thousands of creams, drops, microlasers and other questionable devices and solutions.
Some are intended to be used with a dermal abrasion device, which is a fancy term for what could be described as a small power-sander for your skin. Grind the skin off your leg a few times a day, every day, for nine to twelve months and you just might convince yourself that nobody can see it anymore.

The low powered lasers that are for sale aren't the same as those offered by legitimate laser removal professionals. Most likely they will cause unnecessary damage to your skin without affecting the tattoo underneath.

If you do have a tattoo that you want gone, the current standard is laser removal. There have been vast advances in this technology in the past few years. Laser removal is a procedure overseen by certified professionals, it is effective, and has become readily available. If you need to have a tattoo removed, talk to your doctor and find a qualified professional in your area.

Tattoo Artists Aren't Exempt

Tattoo artists are also targeted by false claims and schemes. There are imitation tattoo machines being sold online at an remarkable discount. Sometimes these machines are being misrepresented as genuine famous maker machines, and they look convincing in the photos online. You get a cheaply made replica, made with low quality materials and containing inferior parts.

Videos online claim to teach you to be a tattoo artist, really only supplying just enough information to be dangerous. Showing people without any safety training or certification how to endanger others, and encouraging them to do so.

Marketing Specifically Targeted Towards Youth

The popularity of tattoos in the retail market has extended to products geared toward children. Toy tattoo machines are available for purchase at major retaillers. This has been going on for years, long enough that toddlers who had tattoo design pajamas are now entering the workforce.

Appealing to those still in, or fresh out of high school, disreputable entrepreneurs have emerged to take advantage of those who exhibit even the slightest inkling of interest in tattoos. Under the guise of being an accredited institution they offer an alternative to traditional college. Claiming to offer guidance to see if "tattooing is right for you", they lure you into actually paying to attend a full-day sales pitch to sell you more of their services.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Trust a Professional

Tattoos are a personal service, they aren't done online, and professional tattooers are here to ensure your satisfaction. If you think something might be a scam, ask your tattoo artist. If they are hesistant or suspicious of what you heard, it may be best to avoid. You get what you pay for, and the combination of cheap, quick, and easy is not a recipe that produces quality results.