The History Of Tattoos
People have been getting tattoos for thousands of years. Archeologists have discovered figurines of ancient Egyptian women that are marked with tattoos on their thighs that date all the way back to 2000 B.C. According to Simthsonian Magazine, tattoos seemed to be a practice exclusively for females, long believed to be an indication of prostitution.
Tattoos have had a variety of different purposes throughout history, such as marking criminal offenses, rituals in spiritual ceremonies, and for the representation of family names.
Just like most things, the purposes and styles of tattoos have evolved over time into the modern tattoos that we see today.
How Tattoos Are Viewed In Today's Society
Tattoos are rapidly seeing an increase in popularity in many parts of the world. In fact, as many as 29 percent of Americans, have at least one tattoo. Unfortunately, this does not mean that prejudice and rejection doesn’t still have it’s say in the matter.
Studies show that society still views those with tattoos in a negative way, despite tattoos becoming more mainstream than ever-before. Most employers are legally allowed to discriminate against those with tattoos as long as it ‘s written down in their company policies.
The good news for those with tattoos, is that as they continue to grow in popularity, you will see these ancient policies start to disappear from company standards. Eventually, tattoos will be as normalized as the way you style your hair in the morning.
Are Tattoos Safe?
According to the FDA, tattoos come with many risks that should be taken into consideration before making the commitment.
- If the equipment used for the tattoo is not sanitized properly, this could lead to infection.
- You may have a reaction to the ink: Fever, shaking, sweats, chills, etc.
- The tattoo may cause a build-up of scar tissue.
Of course, these are all uncommon side effects. Tattoos are very safe as long as they are given by a professional that uses sterile equipment, and high quality ink.
What's Really Happening To The Skin
The tattoo needle injects ink into the dermis at a rate of 3,000 of pricks per minute. Tattoos are permanent because the ink is embedded into the dermis. While the epidermis sheds skin, the dermis does not. Here’s a video from Smarter Every Day that shows what tattoo machines are really doing in slow motion.
So, Should You Get A Tattoo?
If you want a tattoo, then you should go ahead and get one! Just keep in mind that some companies still do have policies against tattoos, and make sure you’re getting tattooed by a professional that is using sanitary equipment.
Tattoos are beautiful and give people the ability to express themselves emotionally and aesthetically.