Are you thinking of having a tattoo? Be sure you fully understand these eight facts before having one because you might regret it.
Tattooing has been practiced across the globe since at least Neolithic times, as evidenced by mummified preserved skin, ancient art, and the archaeological record. Both ancient art and archaeological finds of possible tattoo tools suggest tattooing was practiced by the period in Europe.
However, direct evidence for tattooing on mummified human skin extends only to the oldest discovery of tattooed human skin to date is found on the body of Ötzi the Iceman, dating to between 3370 and 3100 BC.
Other tattooed mummies have been recovered from at least 49 archaeological sites including locations in Greenland, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, western China, Egypt, Sudan, the Philippines, and the Andes.
These include Amunet, Priestess of the Goddess Hathor from ancient Egypt (ca. 2134–1991 BC), multiple mummies from Siberia including the Pazyryk culture of Russia, and several cultures throughout pre-Columbian South America.
The FDA does not approve standard tattoo inks, and they contain a variety of heavy metals to create their color. Lead, chromium, arsenic, beryllium, antimony, nickel, cadmium, and cobalt are just a few terrible ingredients in tattoo pigments.
If containing heavy metals wasn’t unnerving enough, some of the same pigments used in tattoo inks are used in industrial applications, including car paint and printing.
Few Things To Be Aware Of Tattoo’s Before Having One
- Can tattoos cause an illness? I’ve only heard positive things about tattoos from people I know who have them — they love the art that they can wear and show off, or not show off. However, I read something recently about a woman who developed an autoimmune disorder that her doctor claimed was caused by the ink from her tattoo bleeding through her skin and getting into her bloodstream. Even scarier, when she had a baby, her child ended up with an autoimmune disorder as well that was caused by this tattoo issue. Has anyone heard anything about this kind of problem with tattoos? I wonder if it’s a real concern, and if so, we need to make women aware of it.
- Skin allergies could develop at any time after you get inked. Some people may think that an allergic reaction would happen immediately after getting the tattoo. That’s not true. Skin allergies such as rashes or scars can occur years after you’ve reached the tattoo.
- Depending on the size and variation of colors in the tattoo, your skin can be pierced between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. Some people are not aware of the number of times the skin is pierced, and this may determine the outcome of the tattoo that was chosen initially.
- Did you know that the tattoo machine has four parts to it? The needle, the tube that holds the ink, an electric motor, and a foot pedal to control the movement. All of these parts are necessary for the machine to produce modern-day tattoos.
- You may want to think twice about getting that temporary ink done. The recently warned that temporary tattoos made with black henna ink, containing para-phenylenediamine or PDD, can cause. PDD is an ingredient used in hair dyes as well.
- Your tattoo experience will vary according to the location and tattoo artist that you choose. If you only have a couple of tattoos or are thinking about getting your first one, it’s important to research your tattoo artist and their studio. This can reduce any discomfort you may feel during your appointment as well as help you be better prepared for any other tattoos in the future.
- As you get older, so does your tattoo. Your skin continually replenishes itself, and this cycle slows over time, resulting in an aged appearance of your tattoo. For example, if you got a tattoo in your early 20s of a peace sign and it had words embedded in it, the words may blur and become more difficult to read in your 60s.
- It’s true that your tattoo expresses who are or what you believe in, but is it something that you can comfortably explain to your kids or your boss? Although most of us have a good idea of where to put slightly risky tattoos, some of us need a little guidance. It’s wise to think about how others may perceive your tattoo because it can lead to some social disruption between friends, colleagues and family members. Removing a tattoo does require the right amount of money and time. Multiple sessions of laser treatments are necessary, and as with any procedure, it takes time out of your busy schedule and could be painful as well.
How a Single Tattoo Can Change Your Whole Life
This is based on a true story, one of our clients – Mr. Cliffton – described to us.
A 5-year kid is anxious to see his grandfather for such long years, he can’t wait to hear great stories and play with him. One day they have a house party, and his grandfather surprised him with a tight hand kissed back his grandfather with a broad smile on his face.
Hour past by while they sit on the balcony, this 5-year-old kid came to his grandfather and sat beside him asking and pointing his tattoo on his right forearm…
[Child] What is this for?
[Child] It looks very ugly and scary…
[Child] I wouldn’t say I like it at all grandpa.
…and his grandfather seems embarrassed and speechless.
When you are bounded with love and care to your family, you will do everything to please them and make them happy. So weeks later his grandfather decided to remove his tattoo for the sake of his love to his innocent grandchild.
Some Final Thoughts Before Having a Tattoo
These are just a few things that you may not know about tattoos. Getting a tattoo should be an exciting experience for you. Knowing some of these facts could help you make your final decision about getting one or not.
Did we miss any exciting facts about tattoos? Share ones you know in the comments below.
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