Lehigh Acres couple blames tattoo parlor for infection
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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- A Lehigh Acres couple says they went to a Fort Myers tattoo parlor less than 2 weeks ago and are now suffering from an infection.
"My whole hand is swollen. My arm is swollen," said Angela Driver.
An ink job is now infected. Angela Driver says she has never been in so much pain.
"How much pain are you in?" asked reporter Julie Salomone.
"Alot, alot of pain," said Driver.
Less than 2 weeks ago, she went to Needful Things in Fort Myers. It's a decision she says she now regrets.
"They'll probably have to cut it open," said Driver as she pointed to an abscess.
She went to a doctor and showed me the paperwork saying she has a skin infection called cellulitis and an abscess.
"Told me to come back in and have it drained and to keep it clean."
Her husband feels his wife's pain cause he also got a tattoo and it's not pretty.
"started seeing yellow pus pockets show up," said Johnny Driver.
The couple blames the tattoo parlor and wonders if contaminated equipment or water led to the infection.
"Right after he outlined... started running the gun under tap water and filled ink cups up half way full of ink and the rest filled with tap water."
Fox took these concerns to the owner of Needful Things. He denies any claims the couple got an infection at his studio. As for the artist using tap water, he says he wasn't there to see it.
The Lee County Health Department tells Fox 4 by law all tattoo establishments and the artist who work there must be licensed. According to the Health Department records, Needful Things is a licensed facility.
"...never happened, I have over 150 tattoos, my back is covered, my upper chest covered," said Driver.
The owner of the tattoo shop claims the couple did not take proper care of their tattoos after they left the shop.