What Is a Tattoo?

A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on the body. It’s made by penetrating the skin with a needle and injecting ink into the area, usually creating some sort of design.

Tattoo is long-lasting. The ink isn’t injected into the epidermis, the top layer of skin that forms and sheds. Instead the ink is injected into the dermis, which is the second deeper layer of skin. Dermis cells are stable that the tattoo becomes practically permanent.

Tattoos used to be done manually that is, the tattoo artist would puncture the skin with a needle and inject the ink by hand. Still now this process is used in some parts of the world. But modern-day tattoos are done by using an electric tattoo machine with needles that rapidly puncture the skin with an up and down motion.

Where did tattoos originate?

Nobody knows for sure from where the art of tattooing is originated. There is evidence that it may be an ancient craft dating back to the ice age. There are mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with tattoos.

Symbolism behind tattoos

The symbolism behind tattoos varies in different places and cultures. Tattooing is done for various reasons like religious or spiritual purposes, marks of status and rank, sexual lures and marks of fertility, cosmetic, decorations, style etc.

What are the health risks?

Tattooing also involves health risks. Some of the important tattoo risk issues are concerned with tattooing, tattoo removal, adverse reactions to tattoo colors, pigments, diluents being used in tattooing. There are both physical and psychosocial risks are documented with tattoos.

If all the sterilization and sanitation procedures are followed correctly in tattooing,the risks for disease transmission are relatively low. Infections can occur after tattooing, if proper aftercare steps are not followed.

When receiving a tattoo, it is important to make sure that proper hygienic measures are taken. Make sure to choose the right tattoo studio and the right artist.