Ryushi wrote:nicklefish wrote:I can't donate because I've had two tats in the past 6 months, and I don't think I can wait a whole damn year to get another one. I guess they won't get my blood, even though I'm a willing donor until I'm content with my tat count for a year. I really don't see the big deal about it. I mean, I go to a professional artist with all the right gear (individualy sealed needles, the steam maching thing, so on and so forth).
I was about to donate when I found out about the tattoo thing as well but I was actually at the center so I asked the person why that policy is there. The policy is there because who ever makes the policies believes that there is tattoo ink still in your blood for that first year after you get a tattoo. It has nothing to do with the needles or sanitary concerns.
After she told me this she stated that she thinks it is BS and she hates turning people away for something stupid like that.
That reminds me... I think it has been a year since my last tattoo.
You don't have to wait very long after getting a tattoo or a piercing if you live in a state with decent laws regulationg tattoos and piercings:
http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed ... 0.html#tat
http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed ... 0.html#pie
Missouri is one of them. I don't know about the rest of the country. Not even sure where to look. Anyone know?
Here is the full list if eligibility requirements:
http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed ... 7_,00.html