DIY home tattoo and piercing kits are the latest trend to hit the Southern Downs, but be warned, they can leave you much worse off than just having a dodgy tattoo.
DIY home tattoo and piercing kits are the latest trend to hit the Southern Downs, but be warned, they can leave you much worse off than just having a dodgy tattoo. Malikmalikmalik / flickr

Tattoo artist gets the needle with dodgy DIY efforts

A DEADLY trend has hit the streets of the Southern Downs, and if not done correctly, it can leave a scar deeper than any dodgy tattoo.

Home DIY tattoo and piercing kits are a new fad among not just teens, but anyone with access to the internet and a few credit card digits and Piercing Images tattooist Norrich Mole said diseases and infections were becoming more and more prevalent among those doing it themselves.

"Before Miami Ink started, we had roughly 14,000 recorded cases of Hepatitis C in Australia but now there are about 280,000 and a big part of that is because of these home jobs," Mrs Mole said.

"You can get Hep C, Hep B, HIV and who knows what other infections if it's not sterilised properly."

Mrs Mole said she often had clients come in with tattoos that had run or were done with cheap ink and had to fix them up.

"I just did a couple of fix up jobs the other day," she said.

"Plus I see people who get really bad scarring from it."

Whether it be diseases or a hideous scar, Mrs Mole said it just wasn't worth the risk.

"They think they're getting a cheap tattoo but when you have to get it fixed, it's not at all cheap, and if you die from an infection, that's sure not cheap," she said.

"You wouldn't think a tattoo was worth dying for, would you?"

Tattoo and body piercing kits can be bought online for as little as $100 or less, and are often targeted towards "beginners", but Mrs Mole said it sickened her to think that amateurs were out there spreading viruses and infections, because they didn't know what they were doing.



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