What do i need to know about tattoos


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What do i need to know about tattoos

  1. 1. What Do I Need To Know About Tattoos Tattoos Are you thinking about getting a tattoo? With the rising popularity of tattoos in NorthAmerica, chances are that at one time or another you have considered getting a tattoo.Before getting a tattoo, however, it is important to fully understand the process so you canassess the risks and make sure that you end up with a tattoo that you will be happy with foryears to come. What is a Tattoo? You of course know what a tattoo is that is why you want to get one. You may not besure how a tattoo is created, however. Despite what it looks like, a tattoo is not drawn ontoyour skin. Instead, a tattoo is created by using an electric tattoo machine to inject pigmentsunder your skin. The fact that you are having implements put under your skin means thatgetting a tattoo can be risky. Making Sure Your Tattoo is Safe You can be exposed to a number of health risks when getting a tattoo because theprocess involves breaking your skin. This leads to two possible problems: infectious diseasesand allergic reactions. The most significant risk in getting a tattoo is catching a blood-borne infection such astetanus or hepatitis or even HIV, in the worst situations. You run the risk of becominginfected if an instrument is used on you that had residue blood on it from a previous patronwho carries a blood-borne infectious disease. While the potential of contracting a fataldisease just to get a tattoo may seem scary, in reality the risk of catching an infectiousdisease can be largely minimized in professional tattoo parlours. This is done primarilythrough the exclusive use of single-use tools. This means that blood will not be passedbetween patrons. A less significant risk is that the trace metal elements in the tattoo pigmentsparticularly in red and green pigments will cause an allergic reaction. While obviously notas serious as contracting a communicable disease, having an allergic reaction to the tattoopigment can cause the skin around the tattoo to swell up and become itchy, and even tostart to ooze fluids in more serious reactions. While allergic reactions are rare, if you havesensitive skin and are concerned about a potential reaction, have your tattoo artist to firstdo a spot test to ensure that you are not allergic to any particular pigment. Finding a Good Tattoo Artist The most important step in finding a good tattoo artist is to look through their portfolioand make sure that their style and skill is up to your standards you will have this tattoo fora while, so you need to be comfortable that your tattoo artist can create something you willbe happy with. For a safety reasons, it is important to make sure that you only use tattooartists that are fully licensed in your jurisdiction. Because they are licensed, they will likelyhave gone through a series of courses on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. Do not,however, just rely on their license. Make sure that their studio is professional and clean ifthey have a messy workspace, they will probably not be as concerned about cleanliness asthey should be. Are Tattoos Forever? While tattoos will fade over time, this is a very drawn out process that cannot be reliedon to quickly remove a tattoo. That means, in order to avoid embarrassment, make sure youonly get a tattoo that you will be happy having for the rest of your life. Of course, inegregious situations, a laser treatment can be used to accelerate the natural fading process.This process, however, is not perfect, requires repeated visits to the technician, and in rare
  2. 2. situations can even cause permanent scarring. Which is all to say that it is easier to makesure you will be happy with your tattoo before you get it.Read More