Premixed ink, not needles, was the source of infection in these tattoo recipients.

Outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae Infection Associated with Tattoo Ink — NEJM.

Mycobacterium chelonae (a relative of TB) was the cause of a rash of tattoo infections in this New York state town. The bug was transmitted in the ink. Is your tattoo parlor keeping things clean?

Check out this article from NEJM

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