Things You Should Know About Tattoo And Body Art

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A tattoo is a permanent mark made by injecting colored ink into the skin’s surface layers, usually for ornamental purposes. Tats, Art, Ink, and Work are all terms used to describe them. A tattoo on a woman’s lower back is mockingly referred to as a “tramp stamp.” A number of mainstream art galleries have stepped forward to embrace traditional and designer ‘body art,’ as tattooing is now affectionately known. Tattoo enthusiasts regard tattoos as works of art and regard tattooists as artists who work on the body as if it were a canvas. The term “tattoo” is said to come from the Polynesian word tatau, which means “to mark” or “to strike twice” (a reference to the traditional methods of tattooing designs). The first tattoo was most likely created by chance when an injured person was coated with soot from a fire. The wound would have healed, but the soot mark would have lingered, serving as a forerunner to modern-day body art and tattoos.

Tattoos – A Historical Perspective

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Tattooing is a common technique that is practiced by people from all over the world. Since the Neolithic period, it has been a widespread Eurasian practice. Mummies with tattoos on their bodies have been discovered in Egypt and Pazyryk, Russia. In Japan, tattooing has been practiced since the Paleolithic period. The original inhabitants of Japan, known as the ‘Ainu,’ had a tradition of wearing face tattoos and used a hand-tattooing technique known as ‘Tebori.’ During his journeys, Captain James Cook met the Polynesian natives of Marquesas Island. In his diary, he mentioned their custom: “they stamp signs on people’s bodies and call this tattaw.” The habit was brought to Europe by the sailors who traveled with him. Tattooing has been practiced by New Zealand Maoris, people of Polynesian heritage, Africans, South Americans, and tribal communities all over the world, including India. It can include everything from rubbing ashes on wounds to beating, pricking, or cutting the skin to applying colors.

Health Hazards Of Tattoo And Body Art

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Tattooing discomfort can range from inconvenient to terrible, depending on where the tattoo is placed on the body. The discomfort might make you pass out. Tattooing presents health hazards, such as infection and allergic responses, because it entails disrupting the skin’s immunologic barrier. Modern tattooists minimize health concerns by using single-use products and sanitizing their equipment after each usage. Tattooists are required by many jurisdictions to receive blood-borne pathogen training, such as that given by the Red Cross and OSHA. There have been no recorded cases of HIV infection via tattoos in the United States as of 2009. There is a greater danger of infection with amateur tattooings, such as those done in jails. Surface infections of the skin, fungal infections, certain kinds of hepatitis, herpes simplex virus, HIV, staph, tetanus, and TB are all illnesses that might theoretically be spread through the use of unsterilized tattoo equipment or contaminated ink.

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