Tattoo blues: Is getting 'ink' really worth the writing on wall

05/29/15 by Rennie Detore

Tattoos make statements. They're in essence a way for your body to tell a story, whether the tattoo is something of a remembrance for a person or a way to pay homage to your ancestors or heritage. In some cases, however, tattoos aren't always that introspective. They can sometimes be just viewed years later as a bad decision.
The polarizing affect of tattoos is easy to see and varies based on the amount that you have. For those who have their entire bodies covered, a passer by or onlooker might view it as excessive or "insane." Those who have the ubiquitous tattoos, such as the barbed wire one for guys or the always popular butterfly on the hip for women, you can assess certain stereotypes about the person just by the tattoos they have on their body.
When you look at some of the more famous tattoos, you see much more conviction behind them. Take for instance, Dwayne Johnson. This Hollywood leading man, known to much of the world as "The Rock," pays tribute to his Samoan heritage with a tattoo that took more than just a day to do as it covers half his chest and left arm. Similarly, you'll see plenty of people, famous and not so much, that have tattoos as walking memorials for friends or family they've lost.

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The varying levels of tattoos and answering the "why" often come with one other important question: Is getting a tattoo really worth the risk? Generally speaking, aside from feeling guilty when you're 70 years old about that aforementioned barbed wire tattoo, you have to consider the medical side affects and possible complications of a tattoo. Yes, redness, soreness and pain is involved, but the risk of infections of varying degrees also is present.
If you have a weakened immune system or have an immune deficiency disease, like Crohn's Disease for example, you have to consult your doctor and make sure that the tattoo over time isn't going to do more harm than good. Your body doesn't heal quickly with immune system issues, so you could experience the short term affects of a tattoo for a very long time.
You have to remember that tattoos and parlors of that ilk aren't regulated, so what is being used ink wise isn't something that has to be audited per say. That's why when choosing to have a tattoo, you want to go by a referral of someone you know who had one and is pleased with no only the establishment but also the cleanliness and overall scope of how they do business.
Tattoos certainly are a strong, bold way to make a statement or they're simply be viewed as a slip up one night when you've perhaps had one too many. No matter the reasoning, you shouldn't enter into one lightly given the heavy potential consequences they could carry with them.

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