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Donating blood or plasma and getting your tattoo
- Can you give blood (or plasma) with real tattoos?
Yes! It’s one of many common myths about donating blood and plasma that stop people from giving these life-saving liquids. You can donate blood one week after getting a tattoo and plasma straight away as long as it was done in a licensed tattoo parlour in Australia. If the tattoo wasn't done in a licensed tattoo parlour in Australia, you'll need to wait four months before donating.
- What is plasma (and what does it have to do with tattoos)?
Plasma is a vital component of your blood. When it’s donated it’s used in 18 life-giving ways to treat conditions from lifelong immune deficiencies to serious burns. The demand for plasma is rising all over the world — including Australia — every year.
Plasma and tattoos go together so well because you can give plasma immediately after getting a new tattoo. No waiting at all to save lives.
- Why give out temporary tattoos in October?
We’re promoting International Plasma Awareness Week (IPAW), which is on 3-7 October this year. IPAW is an international movement promoting the importance of plasma and plasma donors. If you want to try giving plasma, October is the perfect time to give it a go.
- Don't know your blood type? Donate and find out.
You won’t miss out on a tattoo either: the ‘blood donor’ tattoos designed by our artists are just as amazing.
Win a signed limited-edition print when you show off your tattoo
Be in the running to win a signed print of one of the exquisite tattoo designs.
- Post a photo to your Instagram account showing off your post-donation temporary tattoo.
- Tag our official Instagram account @lifebloodau in the image and use the hashtag #lifebloodau
- You must be following @lifebloodau to enter.
- Make sure the photo doesn’t show needles or blood (they can make people a bit squeamish!).
Competition opens Monday 3 October 2022 and closes Monday 31 October 2022
One winner will be selected and will be sent one limited-edition print of a blood type tattoo of their choice. We’ll notify the winners via private message on Instagram and share your pic to our account. Terms and Conditions.