Like our younger counterparts, boomers and seniors should go only to reputable shops displaying licenses from city, county or state agencies. Even so, make sure the artist not only uses new disposable needles which are discarded after use but also explains the entire process.
The tattoo artist should disinfect chairs, tables, counters and workspaces, wear gloves and wash hands before and after each customer.
Think before you ink, warns the FDA. Be on alert for allergic reaction. And note that you may be at risk for other ailments.