GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tattoo studios are highly regulated when it comes to health guidelines, and that includes keeping up with the latest safety news.

  • The FDA recently recalled six tattoo inks
  • Officials found microorganisms in the inks that could cause serious infections
  • Tattoo artists say to not be afraid to ask important questions before getting a tattoo

The FDA recently recalled six tattoo inks: Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL made by Scalp Aesthetics; Dynamic Color's lots 12024090 and 12028090; and Solid Ink-Diablo made by Color Art were also recalled.

Officials found microorganisms in the inks that could cause serious infections and injuries when used in tattoos.

Laura Murphy of Little John's Tattoo in Greensboro says they didn't have any of the recalled inks at their studio, but always check when a recall or safety issue arises.

"It's our job not only to present the client with a quality tattoo, but a safe, sterile environment for them to know that they are confident coming into our studio. Not only are they going to leave with the best work possible, but they're going to leave and not have anything to worry about as far as a health stance when they go," Murphy said.

They take serious measures to make sure no client ever gets sick, like by using single use needles and single use ink, but she thinks people need to consider the safety as much as they consider the art when choosing a tattoo studio and artist.

"Don't be afraid to talk to your tattoo artist. Don't be afraid to ask those questions. Ask about their permits. Ask about their current health inspections. Ask about the products that they're using. If you go into a studio and they're not willing to answer those questions or talk to you, don't give them your money."