What Do I Need to Know About Tattoos?

Have you ever wondered about a tattoo? Do you know what getting a tattoo entails, or how to find a good tattoo artist? Well we have the answers to all your tattoo questions here!

Are you thinking about getting a tattoo? With the rising popularity of tattoos in North America, 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 can assess the risks and make sure that you end up with a tattoo that you will be happy with for years 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 be sure how a tattoo is created, however. Despite what it looks like, a tattoo is not drawn onto your skin. Instead, a tattoo is created by using an electric tattoo machine to inject pigments under your skin. The fact that you are having implements put under your skin means that getting 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 the process involves breaking your skin. This leads to two possible problems: infectious diseases and allergic reactions. The most significant risk in getting a tattoo is catching a blood-borne infection such as tetanus or hepatitis – or even HIV, in the worst situations. You run the risk of becoming infected if an instrument is used on you that had residue blood on it from a previous patron who carries a blood-borne infectious disease. While the potential of contracting a fatal disease just to get a tattoo may seem scary, in reality the risk of catching an infectious disease can be largely minimized in professional tattoo parlours. This is done primarily through the exclusive use of single-use tools. This means that blood will not be passed between patrons. A less significant risk is that the trace metal elements in the tattoo pigments – particularly in red and green pigments – will cause an allergic reaction. While obviously not as serious as contracting a communicable disease, having an allergic reaction to the tattoo pigment can cause the skin around the tattoo to swell up and become itchy, and even to start to ooze fluids in more serious reactions. While allergic reactions are rare, if you have sensitive skin and are concerned about a potential reaction, have your tattoo artist to first do a spot test to ensure that you are not allergic to any particular pigment. Finding a Good Tattoo Artisi The most important step in finding a good tattoo artist is to look through their portfolio and make sure that their style and skill is up to your standards – you will have this tattoo for a while, so you need to be comfortable that your tattoo artist can create something you will be happy with. For a safety reasons, it is important to make sure that you only use tattoo artists that are fully licensed in your jurisdiction. Because they are licensed, they will likely have 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 – if they have a messy workspace, they will probably not be as concerned about cleanliness as they should be. Are Tattoos Forever? While tattoos will fade over time, this is a very drawn out process that cannot be relied on to quickly remove a tattoo. That means, in order to avoid embarrassment, make sure you only get a tattoo that you will be happy having for the rest of your life. Of course, in egregious 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 situations can even cause permanent scarring. Which is all to say that it is easier to make sure you will be happy with your tattoo before you get it. Steve Dolan has always been intrigued by tattoos. To find out more click Tattoos and Body Art
By Steve DolanPublished: 1/20/2007

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Tattoo Idea

Tattoo idea or tattoo theme is something which depends a lot on the likings and disliking of a person. Great tattoo ideas can be generated if a person is a little creative and imaginative.

Even if you are not that creative or imaginative. you really don't have to worry because there are thousands of internet tattoo art galleries where you can browse to find tattoo ideas that you like.

There are so many different tattoo ideas or designs that can be used for tattoo art online that you'll find exactly what you're looking for. Another great advantage of finding tattoo ideas on the internet is that you might just come across tattoo designs or ideas that you had not even thought of. Regarding tattoo ideas most tattoo ideas are rather simple, like you can go for an animal tattoo, religious tattoo, flower tattoos and so on It is interesting to note that most of the tattoo sites have been set up for each of the different categories of tattoo pictures designs. They help you by saving your time as you don't have to browse through pages and pages for finding tattoo ideas. Believe us, some of the best tattoo ideas are the ones that you come up with yourself, from your own instincts. Even if you are not that good at imagination and creativity don't worry! There are thousands of tattoo art galleries and tattoo sites devoted to tattooing It is almost guaranteed that you'll be able to find the tattoo idea of your choice. Thereafter you can get the tattoo idea and get yourself tattooed with the tattoo of your dreams!

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