Caracterização dos tatuadores e perceção das complicações de saúde associadas à tatuagem

Translated title of the thesis: Characterisation of tattoo artists and perception of health complications associated with tattooing
  • Sofia Maria Ferreira Esteves Matos Neves (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Introduction: This report was conducted within the context of the “Final Internship and Report” course of the Master’s degree in nursing, with a specialization in Community Nursing, in the field of Community Health and Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Nursing, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. The internship and the corresponding study took place in a Public Health Unit of a Group of Health Centers in Porto, Portugal. A study about tattoo artists' perceptions regarding health complications associated with tattooing was developed. The prevalence and democratization of tattooing as a means of artistic expression demand a critical reflection on the norms and regulations applicable in Portugal, especially considering their specific absence, thus posing a potential threat to public health. The notable increase in the demand for tattooing services highlights the urgent need for Public Health to ensure the quality and safety of these procedures, not only to meet consumer expectations towards the tattoo artist but primarily to mitigate the associated health risks. Through this study, it was possible to characterize the community of tattoo artists and understand their perception in the domain of health complications in clients who use their services, specifically, during and after the tattooing process. Methods: The methodological design of this study was anchored in Health Planning, adopting a descriptive and exploratory approach of a quantitative nature. The sample selection comprised exclusively tattoo artists who expressed consent to participate, operating within the geographical jurisdiction of the Public Health Unit's intervention. Results: The results revealed areas sensitive to public and community health nursing care, as well as multidisciplinary areas targeted by the Public Health Team. Discussion and Conclusion: This study created conditions for the epidemiological control of this activity in the identified community, paving the way for the development of health promotion projects and/or the prevention of associated complications.
Date of Award20 May 2024
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPaulo Alves (Supervisor)


  • Tattoo artists
  • Tattooing
  • Adverse reactions associated with tattooing
  • Public health


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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