Sylvester Stallone’s tattoo revision was the first sign all was not well. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Observant fans became worried about the health of Sylvester Stallone’s marriage when he revised the tattoo of his wife’s face replacing it with a tattoo of his dog. Not a great sign. But perhaps they should have worried about the health of the person being tattooed; this week, researchers released their findings at the American Chemical Society’s meeting showing that a variety of ingredients in tattoo ink aren’t listed on the label, and some contain a known carcinogen. 

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, ask questions about the ink’s ingredients ‘cause there’s not a lot of legal oversight. The FDA has the authority to regulate color additives in tattoos but hasn’t chosen to exercise that authority, instead leaving regulations to local authorities. Sadly, fans were right to question the status of the Stallones’ marital commitment—they recently announced their divorce. Tattoo fans would be wise to ask questions about the tattoo ink’s contents before they commit.

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