Novice’s guide to tattoos

It wasn’t too far back when the Americans associated tattoos with sailors, bikers and sideshow artists. But since then, tattoos have become very popular with popular who want tattoos in not just whacky styles but conservative too. In fact, tattoo art has become so advanced now that those people who do not want tattooed symbols on their bodies, now use permanent make-up to emphasize their eyes and lips.

However, it is still not certain where the word “tattoo” originated, but it is generally believed to come from the word “Tahitian” which means “to mark something.” The practice of marking one’s body has been around for thousands of years but tattoo art has only changed the style of engraving or marking.

Today, we know tattoo as a pictorial expression of human feelings on any part of the human body. Experts claim that this art has been in existence since 12,000 BC. It has, at different times in history, symbolized one’s prestige or rank, and was a very sacred form of expression. In fact, people of those cultures considered it a big privilege to decorate their bodies so permanently.

Tattoos have also played a significant role in ritual and tradition. For example, in Borneo women tattooed their symbols on their forearm to indicate the skill they were renowned for. By seeing the tattoo of this skill on her arm, her position in the marriage market increased considerably. Tattoos done on the wrist or fingers were to ward away illness.

Risks of tattooing:

The risks involved while tattooing are:


Unsterilized tattooing equipment and needles can cause infection and disease such as hepatitis.


Though rare, if you do get an allergy through tattooing, it can be different to get rid of.


These small nodules may form around material that the body sees as foreign bodies such as bits of tattoo pigment.

Keloid formation:

These are scars that grow beyond the normal boundaries, putting you at great risk of forming keloids from tattooing. Whenever you injure your skin or remove a tattoo, keloids can form.

MRI complications:

If you have a tattoo or permanent makeup, you could develop swelling or burning in the affected areas when you undergo magnetic resonance imaging (M RI).

Removing tattoos:

Removing a tattoo is painstaking and involves a series of sittings, besides being expensive too. Your tattoo could be removed either by laser treatments, abrasion, scarification or surgery.

How they work:
Laser treatments:

They can lighten tattoos, but sittings can span weeks or months, making this treatment very expensive. Laser treatments also can cause some tattoo pigments to change to a less desirable shade or allergies.


This treatment helps abrade layers of skin with a wire brush or diamond fraise, and it is possible that you are scarred due to this treatment.


Often used with dermabrasion, this treatment involves removing the pigment with a salt solution.


Tissue expanders are used to remove tattoos, though larger tattoos may call for repeated surgery for complete removal.

This is just a beginning on your journey of discovery about tattoos. If there is a tattooist near you, why don’t you check out all that he knows about his art?