Did Tattoos Originate?
Believe it or not, some scientists say that certain marks
on the skin of the Iceman, a mummified human body dating from
about 3300 B.C., are tattoos. If that's true, these markings
represent the earliest known evidence of the practice. More
widely recognized are tattoos found on Egyptian and Nubian
mummies dating from about 2000 B.C. Classical authors mention
the use of tattoos in connection with Greeks, ancient Germans,
Gauls, Thracians and ancient Britons. But with the growth
of Christianity, tattooing was forbidden in Europe. The practice
continued in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
(Interestingly, tattoos seemed to be missing among populations
with the darkest skin colour and in most of China until more
What is a tattoo?
Tattoos are created when colour is injected into small holes
made in the dermis, a deep layer of the skin. Today most tattoos
are applied with an electric tattoo machine, which has needles
that rapidly puncture the skin with an up-and-down motion.
Following things to consider:
Regard tattoos as permanent. Whatever picture or design
you decide on, you'll probably have to live with it for
the rest of your life.
Removing tattoos is painful and expensive. What's more,
tattoos don't always come off. Attempts to remove them
may result in scarring, skin thickening, discoloration,
or other problems.
Be sure you're not allergic to any tattoo inks or dyes.
If you are, your body could react adversely to them.
cannot donate blood for a year after getting a tattoo.
Tattooing is safe if proper sterilization and infection
control standards are practiced. Basically, this means anything
that comes in contact with blood / body fluids must either
be disposed of (single - use) or sterilized. However, there
are some serious health concerns. Needles and other equipment
used for tattoos or body piercing that are not sterilized
or disinfected, or are used inappropriately among clients,
increase the risk for transmitting infectious diseases such
as hepatitis, tetanus, and even HIV (the virus that causes
AIDS). Researchers say the infection can be passed through
the reuse of needles or dye and poor sterilization practices
and techniques, such as when a tattoo artist pricks the
back of his hand with a needle to determine if it's sharp
enough. Scarring, swelling, infections, discharges, skin
thickening, allergic reactions, and other complications
may occur if procedures are done incorrectly or the skin
is not cared for properly.
Precautions to be taken:
of all get yourself immunised against tetanus and hepatitis
if the tattoo parlour uses disposable needles?
if the tattoo parlour is clean.
if the tattoo parlour uses disposable inks.
tattoo yourself or allow your friends to do it. Deal only
with experienced parlours.
- Ask what
procedures are used to prevent the spread of infectious
diseases. Tattoo artists should wear surgical gloves to
help maintain a germ-free environment near your skin.
how needles and inks are used. Needles and inks used on
one person must never be used on another. Reputed and
experienced tattoo parlours will always use new needles.
But still it is safe to verify.
sure that the artist unwraps the needle in front of you.
ink used in your tattoo should be poured into a small
cup specifically for your tattoo. Any leftover ink should
be thrown away after your tattoo is finished.
Yes it does. Tattooing hurts since the needles in the tattooing
machine rapidly pierces your skin. Some people describe the
sensation more as a vibration than a deep pain. Some say the
pain level depends on the needles used; that the sharp sensation
from needles used for outlining a design are more difficult
to endure than the needles used to shade the design. You can
use the local anaesthetics if you want to.
Caring for tattoos:
sure you take good care of your skin afterward. Follow the
tattooist's instructions and recommendations. Keep the area
clean and moisturized to help your skin heal faster and to
reduce the chance of scarring or infection.
If you experience any signs of infection, contact your health
care practitioner immediately.