Tattoos continue to be a very popular trend, and while it is easy to find good professional tattoo artists, there are still plenty of precautions to take when considering a tattoo.
The quick explanation is that a tattoo is produced by injecting color pigments beneath the skin. Ideally this is done by a professional tattoo artist, who either free hands or follows a pattern on the skin. The tattoo artist uses a hand-held device with a motorized needle. The artist then applies this machine to the skin and it makes repeated skin piercings. With each penetration into the skin, ink is also inserted to make the design.
Anesthesia is not used with tattoos, so expect a significant amount of pain. Areas where the bone is closer to the skin surface are the most painful (feet, ankle, knee, or ribs). There is usually some bleeding as well as swelling of the skin tissue.
Make sure to give thought about the location of your tattoo. Do you want it to be hidden or visible? Weight gain, including pregnancy weight gain, can distort the appearance of your tattoo as time goes by.
Tattoos can also cause infections and other complications. Allergic reactions can be caused by the tattoo dyes, especially red, green, yellow, and blue dyes. You may experience an itchy rash that can continue even years after the tattoo has been done. You may require some medication to treat an allergic reaction.
Sometimes bumps, called granulomas, form around the tattoo site. If your skin is prone to keloids, raised areas caused by overgrown skin tissue, you may also have those form around the tattoo site.
If the tattoo equipment has not been cleaned properly, you could contaminate your tattoo with infected blood and possibly such blood borne diseases as tetanus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Consider these aspects of getting a tattoo and avoid getting a tattoo while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.