From the CNN website: ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- A worrisome superbug seen in prisoners and athletes is also showing up in people who get illegal tattoos, federal health officials said Thursday.
Forty-four tattoo customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Vermont developed skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Well, that'll learn ya to get tattooed at unlicensed spots. It brings back not-so-fond memories of my first two tattoos. The first was by my own hand, done with a needle and India ink. The second was done by some crackhead biker in his basement on my back, behind my left shoulder. Of course, both of those look incredibly crude. It's quite unfortunate that the one on my back is still visible underneath by current piece. I absolutely regret them. But what can you do - I've moved on. Tattoos are for life! I guess you don't think about those things so much at 16. At least I didn't get a nasty infection, or hepatitis or something.