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August 16, 2018


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healthAfter a visit to a tattoo parlor, hopefully you will end up with a beautiful piece of body art that will last a life time. However, several complications can occur after the tattoo is finished. You will be able to decide whether you want a tattoo for yourself if you know about its process and dangers.

Hibiscus-Flower-Tattoo-on-ShoulderIt is quite appalling to know that a frighteningly growing number of teens and young adults around the world are injecting dangerous chemicals under their skin in the name of art and self expression. Tattooing is an art form that has been used for centuries by tribal societies in religious rites and as a natural part of life. But a tattoo can simply be defined as a colored wound. Tattoos have recently developed as a decorative art of self expression; used by some to celebrate events, memorialize a departed loved one, or as a show of commitment to a life partner. But what is not yet clear is exactly what we are injecting into our skin for art’s sake. Many of today’s tattoos contains unknown conglomeration of metallic salts. (Oxides, sulphides, solenoids), organic dyes or plastics suspended in a carver solution for consistency of application. Close to 40% of organic colorants used in permanent tattoos in Europe are not even approved for use on the skin as a cosmetic ingredient and just fewer than 20% of the colorants studied contained a carcinogenic aromatic amine. Many of the chemicals found where originally intended for use in writing and printing inks, as well as automobile paints. These inks are injected deep enough into the dermis, the lower layer of the skin. Unlike epidermis (the upper layer), the dermis doesn’t flake away so the ink remains permanently in the skin. This is done with the use of an electric tattoo machine which uses several disposable needles to inject ink into the skin. Many tattoo inks have been discovered to contain dangerous pigments or chemicals including those known to be mutagenic (capable of causing mutations),teratogenic (capable of causing birth defects) and carcinogenic (capable of causing cancer), or involved in other biochemical reactions in the body that might take decades to appear.

Although allergic reactions to tattoos are considered rare given the number of tattoos applied yearly, they can occur, along with scarring, phototoxic reactions i.e. reactions from exposure to light, especially sunlight), and other adverse effects. Many people have reported reactions to the intensely colored plastic- based pigments. There are also pigments that glow in the dark or in response to black light. They are toxic and even possibly radioactive. Plastic- based inks (e.g. glow in the dark ink) have led to polymerization under the skin, where the tattoo pigments particles converged into one solid piece under the skin. When alcohol is used as part of the carrier base in tattoo ink or to disinfect the skin before application of the tattoo, it increases the skin’s permeability, helping to transport more chemicals into the blood stream. Alcohol also work synergistically with mutagens, teratogens and carcinogens to make them even more harmful, increasing the chance that they may cause mutation or disease, both at the site of the tattoo or systematically. In addition skin infection, psoriasis, dermatitis and other chronic skin conditions, and tumors (both benign and malignant) have all been associated with tattoos. There is also the risk of contacting infections such as tetanus, harpies, simplex virus, staph, HIV, Aids, Hepatitis B and C, even syphilis. Removal of tattoo requires the use of pigments that are phototoxic and may break down into toxic chemicals in the body when removed with UV light or laser, common techniques used in tattoo removal. This toxic end-product eventually ends up in the kidneys and liver, adding to your total body burden.

Tattoos are not only for wayward and indecent people but also for people without spiritual conscience. It has led many to death and other health problems. There is no gain or achievement in it. Because no youth will remain the same forever.


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