It seems that risky behaviour just goes along with vacations, but getting tattooed or pierced in countries with little to no sanitation protocols is just crazy. With all our health guidelines here at home, sterilized tools and proper equipment along with well trained experienced artists in clean shops, why would you take the chance abroad? As this article states, Australia is expecting huge increases in Hep B and C in the coming years as uninformed travelers get inked and pierced in countries like Thailand and Singapore. It would seem just as risky in countries more popular for North American visitors like Central America and the Caribbean. Why bring home more than just a new tattoo, keep your risks low by working with local artists.