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At home tattoos can be costly

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Getting a tattoo is a pretty big decision -- not to mention a permanent one. But a bad economy means people are turning to home tattoo kits - and getting some bad results.

"Money is really tight right now, but the want is still there," said Tisha Jordan owner of Mr. Natural Tattoos. "They're getting them out of their houses or from somebody who doesn't have a shop because it's cost-effective."

Aside from the safety issues, home tattoos are illegal, but the ink is just as permanent as one you get from a pro.

Jordan says there's one rule of thumb to keep in mind.

"Cheap tattoos aren't good, and good tattoos aren't cheap," said Jordan.

Those cheap tattoos could end up costing you more in the long run.

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