When it comes to quarantine trends, we've seen it all — whipped coffee, TikTok dances, and even DIY tattoos! That's right, people have moved on from giving themselves haircuts and manicures and are now giving themselves stick-and-poke tattoos.
The trend might seem really cool — even celebrities like Kaia Gerber and Paris Jackson have given themselves "QuaranTattoos" — but it can be very dangerous.
Although giving yourself a stick-and-poke tattoo at home might seem like a fun way to spend some time during quarantine, you should think twice before grabbing a needle. Not only is it a painful experience, it's also very dangerous.
"There’s really no safe way to do it at home,” Dr. Arash Akhavan, a dermatologist in New York City, told The New York Times. “There’s probably a 25 to 50 percent chance you’re going to have some sort of complication."
These complications can include bacterial and viral infections — and now is the last time you want to get an infection that could force you to go to a hospital. So even if you're desperate for a tattoo, just wait until tattoo parlors reopen and you can visit a professional!