Think Before You Ink: Knowing the Risks of Tattoos

The tattoo is a form of expression that dates back over 5000 years, something that was created to be a symbol of status, a sign of a particular religious belief, an adornment or a declaration of love, there have even been cases of tattoos being used as a method of punishment. There main purpose is to distinguish one person from another in the most expressive way

When tattoos were first created they were the only way to allow forms of individuality, there were no high fashion clothes, no key Tattoo 1trends and no real way to make a person differ from another. Tattoos have evolved since, although there purposes remain the same, people currently use tattoos for much the same reason, to express themselves and adorn their bodies with personal symbols and designs that are representative to a person, a memory, something that is held dear.

The method of gaining a tattoo has obviously become far more technical, hygienic and simpler processes are in place with specialist equipment coming from experts such as The piercing of the skin and the insertion of ink to form a design or pattern obviously involves a certain amount of risks however small they may now be, it is always wise to know the facts before making the decision to permanently alter the skin.

The Risks…

Dirty Needles

There is no way of being certain that the needles used by the tattoo artist are sterile, it is a risk that is taken. The result of a dirty needle can be infections, and diseases that are incredibly serious.

tattoo 2Hepatitis C

This disease affects and damages the liver and is a life ling condition. It comes through coming into contact with the blood of an infected person and can be a result of using the same tattoo needle as an infected person.

Allergic Reactions

This is incredibly rare, but sometimes reactions are had to the ink that is used. there is little way of knowing you are allergic until the symptoms begin after the tattoo.

Scar Tissue

If a tattoo is not done correctly, it can lead to scarred tissue which will result in a bump appearance to the skin, not only will it affect the look of the tattoo but is permanent.

Blood borne Diseases

Again, this comes from coming into contact with the blood of an infected person and is through the use of the same needle. Hepatitis C,tattoo 3 B and tetanus are the diseases which can be a result.

The risks are very real but also very rare if you receive a tattoo from a reputable studio and artist. There are enforced health and hygiene practices that all studios need to adhere to in order to remain open. The need for the correct equipment, sterile needles and the appropriate qualifications are essential and NO ONE will be able to gain a tattoo license without the right set up. Tattoos can be beautiful and expressive if they are done by the right person in the right setting, thorough research and time to make an informed decision which typically lead to a stunning piece of body art.

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  1. September 26, 2013 / 8:59 am

    I don’t mind tattoos but I have to admit I used to judge people if I saw someone was completely covered – it intimidated me a bit (I’ve no idea why). I remember once in a work thing where we were all being paired up for team building thing and I was secretly hoping I didn’t get paired with the guy covered in tattoos. I was SO wrong and he was the nicest guy ever!!! So lesson learned.
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  2. September 25, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Another risk you haven’t covered here – the risk of depriving yourself of specific types of career. Whilst increasing numbers of businesses don’t mind about visible tattoos now, there are still particular sectors in which they are frowned upon and, unsurprisingly, they are the higher earning industries.

    It’s one thing for a 30 year old who knows his industry and has a career underway to go get something he or she knows won’t interfere with professional progress but for a 17 or 18 year old to go get ink on their hands, neck or other visible areas before they know what they want to do as a career may well be shutting doors to themselves for later life.

  3. September 24, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    I am a great fan of tattoos and I am also very much of the opinion that they can be beautiful. I think that, sadly, today’s society still wrongly judges people who are heavily tattooed, with its Daily Mail style scaremongering and the insinuation that anyone with with a tattoo is either a criminal or a degenerate. This makes me ridiculously angry. I firmly believe that people should have the freedom to do whatever they choose with their own bodies.

    I do agree with you that any tattoo requires considerable research, into design AND artist. I also believe that if a tattoo artist doesn’t have a waiting list alarm bells should ring. In my personal experience I have waited up to six months for an appointment, which allows the artist time to properly discuss your plans, view drawings, provide suggestions and submit drafts of your ideas. It also gives the customer time to really think, visit the studio beforehand several times, and ensure they aren’t acting on a whim!

    Just Pirouette and Carry On…

  4. September 24, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    A good read,thank you. The other risk of having a tattoo is that they are addictive!
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  5. Markus
    September 24, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    Another brilliantly informative post! I myself have 5 tattoos and totally stand by the thought process that went into all 5 of them even though my circumstances over the years have changed and now am not entirely happy anymore with a couple of them but I am hoping to get them covered up with another tattoo at some point! Saying that I do not regret getting any of the tattoos I have got!

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