A tattoo is a form of body modification made by inserting ink, dyes, and/or pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to form a design. The art of making tattoos is tattooing. Tattoos fall into three broad categories: purely decorative; symbolic; and pictorial.
Why Are tattoos a bad idea?
Tattoos breach the skin, which means that skin infections and other complications are possible, including: Allergic reactions. Tattoo dyes — especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes — can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo.
Best Tattoo Ideas for Men
Small Tattoo. If it’s your first or second time getting inked up, a small tattoo is probably the smartest way to go.
Tribal Tattoo. Tribal tattoos draw upon centuries of symbolism, tradition, culture, and masculinity. …
Can I have pictures of tattoos?
The tattooist can still copy the design even if it is copyrighted. But you or the artist will need permission from the copyright holder to use the image. Sometimes it will be easier for you to get permission to have the image tattooed on you than it is for the tattooist to get permission to use the design.
How painful is a tattoo?
Tattooing tends to be a painful procedure because tattoo artists use needles to inject ink into the dermis layer of the skin. The injections cause localized swelling and damage to the skin. Once the tattoo procedure is over, the area may be sore for about a week before the swelling goes down.
How Do You Feel About Tattoos?
Do you want one (or more)? What design would you choose? Would you make a different choice if you knew your tattoo would last only a year?
Do you like tattoos? Would you like to get one someday? What design would you get? And how do you think the people in your life — your parents, your friends — would feel about it?
But what if the tattoo you got would fade away in about a year? Would that change your mind about getting one? Why or why not?
In “Why Do You Tattoo?,” Alyson Krueger writes about Ephemeral, a company that makes a kind of tattoo ink that fades from skin in nine to 15 months:
Unlike other temporary tattoos, such as henna dye or stickers, Ephemeral tattoos, like their permanent counterparts, are applied with needles and ink under the skin.
But some think the idea of a disappearing body art completely defeats the purpose.
Joanna Acevedo, 24, who works in an ice cream shop in Prospect Heights, has more than 100 tattoos all over her body: “The only thing I don’t have tattooed is my chest.” Many of her designs are random, she said, listing “a crocodile, a cat skull, a barbed wire, the words ‘steak fry,’ an eagle, a cactus and an ice cream cone.”
“I like the fact that they are permanent because they are part of me,” she said. “They represent a moment in time, and I like living with all my history.” She equates tattoos she doesn’t like to scars, another remnant, she said, from bad choices you made when you were younger.
The article continues:
Despite the bravado required to commit to a permanent tattoo, regrets are as old as tattoos themselves.
Sometimes the fix involves a lot of effort, as with laser tattoo removal. “A laser light breaks up the tattoo particles and fragments them,” said Dr. Roy Geronemus, director of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York.
“It can take anywhere from two sessions to more than 10 sessions depending on the size of the tattoo,” he said. “I did a woman this morning with a few areas on her finger that took me three to four seconds, and yesterday I did someone with a whole sleeve that took half an hour.” Dr. Geronemus said his patients don’t experience any pain with the local anesthetic.
“I do see a number of patients who have made decisions spontaneously without giving a lot of thought to the longstanding nature of what they’ve done,” he said. “A name that is no longer part of your life doesn’t belong on your body. In most cases the next partner doesn’t necessarily like the idea of the ex-partner’s name staring them in the face.”