OGLETHORPE, GA. (WRCB) -- A Fort Oglethorpe man thought he was getting a deal, but
ended up in the hospital.
artist left him with a severe skin infection, and Channel 3 has learned he's
officials say the woman was operating illegally.
seemed so good, so I went for it and wound up with this," says Michael Harris.
For Michael Harris, $20 for a tattoo seemed like a steal. Harris says the
artist even came to his home.
"She done some pictures at our wedding, and then she started doing tattoos," he
says. "So, I figured I'd get one by her."
"It hurt a lot more than usual," says Harris.
Doctors say the needle hit Michael's muscle, and caused a severe bacterial
infection that left his leg swollen and red.
"It hurts all the way up into my groin," Harris says.
Michael's wife posted a picture on Facebook and quickly learned he wasn't alone.
"We've had people walking in and showing us infected tattoos," says Raven
Dead Girlz Tattooing and Piercing is one of the only licensed parlors in the
Raven Smith says at least a dozen people have showed up with infections and
stories about the same woman, who can be seen here working on a client in her
"Different people, all sorts of people popped up, saying, ‘I got one from her
and this happened, I got one from her and this happened'," Smith says. "So, we
just started collecting all the information and putting it in a file."
Smith passed that file along to health inspectors, who confirm the woman does not
have a tattooing license.
Clay Tracey can't comment on the on-going investigation against her, but says
legal action could be taken to protect the public.
"Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, certainly staph infection would be an issue," Tracey
As for Michael Harris, he'll be using the money saved on ink, to pay for medical
"Go to a shop and have it professionally done," Harris says. "It may cost a
little bit more, but it's worth it."
Channel 3 is
not using the woman's name because she has not been charged with a crime.
her by phone, but she did not want to comment on our story.
health department feels it has a strong enough case, it will hand the investigation
over to the police.
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:29 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:29:53 GMT
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