Tattoos have been spreading in recent times and it is no longer striking to see one of these works on the skin of any person. Age, gender, or social class don’t matter. Tattoos are part of today’s culture, and as such, they are talked about. Unfortunately, many people speak without knowing about it. And it is in this way that misinformation begins to spread. Therefore, in this article we will present the most common myths and truths about tattoos to clear all your doubts.
1. Tattoos cannot be erased
Myth. One of the main fears when making the decision to get a tattoo is to imagine how the final work will look. Will we like it once we see on our skin what we think in our mind and put it on paper? Or maybe, at the time of tattooing we are really satisfied. But with the passage of time we change our mind. Many times, tattoos reflect a feeling or a moment in life that we want to keep forever. Until “forever” changes.
However, before showing why this myth is totally false, let’s reassure you a bit if you are about to get a tattoo. Above all, if you are in doubt or it will be your first time.
A Harris Interactive study, published in 2008 and whose figures remain constant over time, indicates that 84 percent of adults who have a tattoo do not regret having done it. None of them would ever take it off or erase it.
Once this situation is cleared up, let’s move on. It may happen that we are unhappy with the design and want to touch up an old tattoo. Or change it radically. Even erase it completely from our skin. That’s possible. The process costs significant money. The most common techniques to erase a tattoo are laser surgery or photoacoustic technology. The most difficult color tones to erase are greens, light blues, yellows, oranges, and fluorescent.
2. You will not get a good job
Myth. Gone is the taboo about tattooing. Luckily, the times when a tattoo was frowned upon and considered part of an underworld linked to cultures or people that traditional society did not accept are long gone.
It is true that in a job interview, especially for a formal or high-ranking job, the visibility of a tattoo was a disadvantage when it came to getting the job. However, in the society of the 21st century, and thanks to the popularity that the tattoo has gained through the famous – artists, athletes, TV stars, singers, actors, filmmakers, cooks, etc.
Thanks to this visibility in tattoos, in many other more formal areas such as politics, science or teaching, it is already normal to find tattooed people.
3. There are areas of the body that hurt more than others when tattooing yourself
True. The areas of the body in which there is less muscle mass will be the most painful to be tattooed. And the closer to a bone the tattoo artist works, the more it will hurt. The most painful places are the groin, the wrists, the rib cage, the eyelids, the calves, the feet, the knees and, of course, the tongue.
4. People with tattoos cannot donate blood
Myth. It is true that a few years ago you could be banned for life to donate blood, because people with tattoos or piercings were related to “risk groups”. The reality is that if you want to donate blood, you must wait at least a year after you have had the last tattoo.
5. A pregnant woman should not get a tattoo
True. During pregnancy, the mother is exposed to a small percentage of contracting a disease or complications related to the tattoo that can endanger the baby.
6. Diabetics cannot get tattooed
True , but with exceptions. It is not recommended that a hemophiliac, diabetic or with dermatological diseases get a tattoo. However, strictly following some indications, people who suffer from any of the diseases mentioned above can get tattooed. For that, they must have glucose levels under control. And check that they carry out a perfect care of their health, since they are more prone to infections and poor healing.
7. People with tattoos cannot have MRIs
Myth. More than 20 years ago, the inks used in tattoos contained metal. For this reason, some people suffered pain and burning if they underwent an MRI. However, the advancement of technology in the inks made the metal disappear from them, so this medical study does not represent any risk for a person because they have a tattoo on their body.
8. Tattoos turn bluish over time
Myth. This false claim stems from the very poor quality tattoos that were made by people locked up in prisons or those who performed military service. Currently, the improvement in the quality of tattoos and the development of tattoo machines eliminated the possibility of a tattoo turning bluish.
9. Tattooing with white or light-colored ink is more painful
Myth. Color has no relation to pain. In fact, it happens that light colors are used in the final stages of the tattooist’s work. For this reason, the artist works with these tones on the previously tattooed areas of the body. In which the skin is more sensitive.
10. Are colored tattoos more harmful?
Myth. The only difference between colored and black tattoos, beyond the obvious color, is that removing a black tattoo is much more complex than a white or light one.
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