3 Things to Consider Before Getting That Tattoo

Getting a tattoo for some is a dream come true, for some its just for the fun of it and others get a tattoo to inscribe things which they feel are important to them or to show loyalty, some others get it to identify with something or a group of people, but have you ever put into consideration the negative effects of getting your skin tattooed.

1. What is tattoo?

A tattoo is a mark on a part of the body with an indelible design by inserting pigments into or on the skin. Some tattoos are permanent, while others are not. The ones that are permanent, their process is more painful and long, as it requires the skin to be punctured and pigment or ink drawn on it.

The temporary tattoos are merely drawings on the body and they can wash away with time. The word tattoo is derived from the Tahitian term “tatua” which means to mark. Tattoos have been displayed by people of all centuries, but they have only recently gained social acceptance in many parts of the world.

2. Equipment`s used for tattooing

Flash, the flash or tattoo design is simply a sketch or a piece of line art that can be used to create tattoo. Flash can be shown in color or in black and white. They are normally displayed in the tattoo parlor either in books or along the walls.

Stencil, a stencil is a copy of flash that is made on a special copy machine. The stencil allows the inked outline of the design to be transferred to the skin so it can be traced by the artist.

Ink, the liquid dispersions of pigment which is consist of dyes derived from metal components. For this, allergic reactions to ink are possible.

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Tattoo machine, the machine consists of a hand held needle gun connected to a power unit that provides pressure to move the needles.

Miscellaneous, during the procedure, the artist may make use of a variety of other equipments and materials including razors, disposable gloves and petroleum jelly.

3. What to consider

Many people who tattoo their skins do not know the possible health hazard`s, they are likely to face during the course of tattooing and after the tattooing. Here are some possible health hazards you are likely to face.

Allergic reactions, this can be caused by the dyes and would likely lead to a rash or itching on the site,
a skin infection is possible after tattooing.

Blood borne diseases, if the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood. You can also contract various blood borne diseases including tetanus.

MRI complications, rarely tattoos might cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. In some cases, the tattoo ink or pigment can interfere with the image.

They are mostly always permanent and there is no perfect way of removing a tattoo after it has been done. There have been different means suggested, but they rarely work and they are also painful.

So, before getting your next or first tattoo, you should consider these five important points. Many people underestimate the effects a tattoo can have on their health, but the effects can be very precarious and may even lead to other medical complications.

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