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4 things to consider before getting your first tattoo

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DETROIT – Getting new body art can be a fun, exciting, and nerve-racking experience. But going to the right tattoo and piercing parlor can make the experience much more relaxing.

Tattoos and Piercings is a popular category in Local 4’s Vote 4 the Best. Let us know your favorite place. Cast your vote at ClickOnDetroit.com/4thebest. You can vote once per hour until August 13, 2017.

4 facts to know before getting your first tattoo:

1. Ink Check: It’s important to ask your tattoo artist where the tattoo inks come from. Some inks contain certain metals that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (source: Web MD)

2. Cleaning: Do not clean your fresh tattoo with alcohol or peroxide because these products will dry it out. To keep your tattoo clean, wash your new body art with warm soap and water, and pat it dry with a towel. (source: Teen Health)

3. Tattoo Removal: According to Tattoo Health, tattoos placed on the arms, chest, or legs are much easier to remove than tattoos placed on areas with less body fat. Tattoo removal usually requires multiple sessions, and laser treatments typically last a few minutes.

4. Donating Blood: In the state of Michigan, you may be eligible to donate blood if your tattoo is done at a licensed facility in a regulated state and the tattoo is healed without an infection. (source: Michigan Blood)

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