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Offline RemyG1971

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Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:53:28 AM »
I am covered in  Tats but of course that was before I tested positive. Would you get a Tattoo being positive? I am not really sure about infection and recovery from the tattoo and do you tell the artist who is doing the work?

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 12:38:54 PM »
i've gotten half my tats while I was poz. (and I want more!!)
Just make sure to go to a clean, reputable shop to have them done. ;)
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 12:41:31 PM »
Now that I'm old I kind of wish I could remove my tattoo.
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2012, 01:02:28 PM »
I am covered in  Tats but of course that was before I tested positive. Would you get a Tattoo being positive? I am not really sure about infection and recovery from the tattoo and do you tell the artist who is doing the work?

I got my first and only tat in New Orleans, in 2004, with a fairly high viral load and less than a hundred cd4 cells.

I informed the artist. And it was no problem. I even got a free tee shirt.

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2012, 02:10:32 PM »
There's no reason HIV should stop you from getting a tattoo.

A good friend of mine is a social worker for the elderly, and gets to see what some people's tattoos look like 30 or 40 years later.  Tattoos, like people, require upkeep. ;)

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2012, 02:55:27 PM »
Tattoos, like people, require upkeep. ;)


I need to get mine redone then. I've contemplated it, Filthydelphia is chock full of tattoo parlors. In fact, there's a higher per capita amount of tattoos here than anywhere I've ever lived.

Actually I had mine done here because in the mid-90's tattoo parlors were still illegal in NYC. I think they were outlawed because of OMGAIDS hysteria in the 80's. They were legalized again around '03.
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2012, 03:26:36 PM »
I had a friend who, while serving overseas in the Navy and in a dare of drunken camaraderie, got a tattoo of an anchor on his shoulder. Years later he absolutely hated it and had it redesigned into a Star Wars rebel alliance symbol-- he had an entire room filled with Star Wars figures, models, posters, etc. You could design something interesting (and less geeky) to update your tattoo.


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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2012, 03:27:28 PM »
Thank you all=)

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2012, 03:38:30 PM »
had it redesigned into a Star Wars rebel alliance symbol

That is way wrong.
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2012, 07:38:59 AM »
I got my first tattoo a few months after I tested positive, and it didn't even occur to me to tell the artist I had HIV. He was a well-known artist at a respected studio and followed all the normal universal procedures.

My tattoo healed fantastically well.

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2012, 09:45:56 AM »
I got my first tattoo a few months after I tested positive, and it didn't even occur to me to tell the artist I had HIV. He was a well-known artist at a respected studio and followed all the normal universal procedures.

My tattoo healed fantastically well.

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2012, 10:31:38 AM »
I still recall when one of our forum members Basquo rather famously got his tattoo while we were attending the Montreal AMG.  That was when I realized it was quite possible.  Not for me, of course, since I still blanch when they draw blood or when I get an injection.  ;-)

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2012, 01:36:35 AM »
I had both of my tattoos when I was positive and told the artists. they were fine with it and said they always take universal precautions.  I never received an ill effects from my tattoos and still love them.  You do need to inquire about it. Some states do not allow tattoo parlors to place them on people with communicable diseases which I'm not sure how they enforce that really.
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2012, 04:54:22 AM »
I've been mulling over the idea of getting a tat for my 50th birthday this coming November. Something small and discrete. It will be my first - so far I'm tatment naive. ;D
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2012, 08:25:01 AM »
I need to get mine redone then. I've contemplated it, Filthydelphia is chock full of tattoo parlors.

Miss Philicia...I highly recommend Kevin Riley at Studio One in Norwood.  Amazing shop, great artist and been in business for 20 years. Walkable from the Shelpta train station. Need a 30-45 day advance booking time he's that busy!

I was just about to get my third tattoo (my bi-annual b-day present to myself) when I tested POZ and have held off.  I did speak with the artist who has done my others just to inform him when I canceled my appointment.  He is totally cool with doing it but asked that I get a "permission letter" from my Dr. because they are concerned about complications from healing. 

When I first read the response from him, I was a little put off, but then after speaking with him the concern for them is more with liability on their end should there be issues with healing.  I understood, although still feels a bit weird.  In any event, I will be getting my third (although now a new design)...and many more since I will have many more b-days!
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2012, 05:21:39 PM »
I keep thinking about a Star Trek delta tattoo on my chest.

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I'm sure it would look lovely when I am 70 and it's close to my waistline.

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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2012, 05:35:08 PM »
Miss Philicia...I highly recommend Kevin Riley at Studio One in Norwood.  Amazing shop, great artist and been in business for 20 years. Walkable from the Shelpta train station. Need a 30-45 day advance booking time he's that busy!

Thanks for the info.
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Re: Getting a Tattoo while being positive???
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2012, 08:02:23 AM »
I like the temporary tats.  they last a week at best, and i can change designs but i too would like to get a regular tat but i am afraid i would get bored with in a weeks time.
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