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Another reason I’m glad not to have a tattoo

Some tattoo-less 50-something friends and I were chatting recently that we were happy the tattoo craze bypassed boomer women of our generation, because we'd be worried how saggy the tattoos might look as we got older.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, released today, gave me another reason to be grateful. Seems that fairly nasty “nontuberculous mycobacterial skin infections” have been traced to “nationally distributed, prediluted gray ink.”

Outbreaks of the infection occurred in several states, including in Washington state. “Seattle & King County identified five confirmed and 26 possible cases.”


(Spokesman-Review archives photo of Maria Jose Cristerna at a tattoo shop in Bogota, Colombia)





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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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