Infections from tattooing are nothing new. Hepatitis, staph infections and even the superbug known as MRSA have been tied to tattoos. Dirty needles and unsanitary conditions are often to blame.
The illnesses were caused by a bacterial cousin of tuberculosis named Mycobacterium chelonae. The bacteria can cause itchy and painful pus-filled blisters that can take months to clear up. Treatment can involve harsh antibiotics with unpleasant side effects.The bacteria are common in tap water and have been seen in the past when tattoo artists used contaminated water to lighten dark ink. READ MORE "I would suggest using ionic silver to sterilize the ink and use topically on the affected part of the body." beinki