Tattoo you: Know the AFI before you get ink

Su'a Sulu’ape Angela, a tattoo artist from San Diego, Calif., uses sterile, stainless steel tools to hand-tap a tattoo for a Marine Corps member at the Pacific Ink & Art Expo, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 4, 2013. This traditional Polynesian-style of body art requires assistants to stretch the skin while the ink is tapped into the skin. Angela said, “Inadvertently the way the tools were built there’s not much bleeding and it heals superfast. Military members getting a tattoo should make sure anything that will touch the skin—gloves, needles, ink cups—is single-use only. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis Keith)

PHOTO BY: Tech. Sgt. Phyllis Keith
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