Tattoos have really grown in popularity during the last couple of decades. At this point about 25% of people in between 18 to 30 years of age has a tattoo of some kind. In the next couple of years, 40% of this age group is expected to get a tattoo. If you thought that tattoos are more present among men, you’re dead wrong – about 65% of tattoo carriers are actually women! So, obviously, there is no doubt about tattoos being increasingly popular, but there is a bit of a misconception when it comes to tattoo related safety. A lot of people don’t really have an idea about what is happening with your skin during the tattooing process so we’ll try to help you avoid situations such as a tattoo infection, skin irritations, inflammations, and other related conditions.
There are many different types and traditions of tattooing
Amateur tattoo is usually done be individuals or their friends by needling the ink under the skin with a thin needle. These types of tattoos are really obvious, as they lack in art and general skill set required to create one of those amazing trademark tattoos you’re probably looking to get. Since these types of tattoos are usually done in unhygienic conditions with unspecified ink pigments, there is a significant risk of acquiring an infection. Cultural style tattoos are done by traditional methods as a mark for members of a specific ethnic group. They can represent a ritual, social or purely aesthetical function. Professional tattoos are done by registered and licensed artists using professional tattooing equipment, including the so called “tattoo gun”, which is a slang among professional tattoo artists. There are also medicinal tattoos which are purely applied due to medical reasons and are usually not as decorative as you might expect. Often you might find diabetes patients sporting a tattoo indicating their condition with a tattoo in case of an emergency. Otherwise doctors use tattoos as a mark for specific body parts which have undergone a special treatment such as radiation therapy.
How to make sure your tattoo is 100% safe?
If you’re interested in getting a tattoo for yourself, remember that the process is highly invasive for your body – blood and other bodily fluids get in contact with the usual equipment used for the process. Apart from visiting a reputable tattoo center, you should use some common sense prior to undergoing the procedure. Make sure that tools are sterilized shortly before being used and a good word of advice would be to check the toilette if there is one available there. This should serve as a good indication about how careful the owner of the studio is. Here are some more advices to help you out:
- do not drink alcoholic beverages at least two days prior to the procedure
- do not get a tattoo if you’re suffering from any type of illness
- make sure that all needles to be used for your procedure are taken from sterilized packages
- feel free to ask for a list of pigments being used for tattoos, where you should find color, manufacturer and a serial number