Advantages & Benefits of Having a Tattoo: – Boosts the immune system – it’s a form of natural therapy that can help your body heal faster.
– Prevents blood clots, stimulates circulation, reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure.
– Inhibits growth of some cancers (lung cancer, breast cancer) and maybe others (liver cancer)
– Can reduce anxiety by blocking pain signals to the brain.
– Gives you something to talk about at parties 🙂
Now a days, Tattoos are more popular than ever before. They can be found on people of all age groups and backgrounds, from as young as 18 to over 65. They’re not just for criminals either; in fact, one study found a transfer of tattoos from parents to children.
Tattoos—or as they are called in the tattoo industry, “body art”—can be found everywhere. They can be seen on football players, grandmothers, doctors, lawyers and so on.
It’s not hard to imagine why tattoos have become so popular: the freedom to express your individuality through body art and personalize yourself and your life is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons.
# Tattoo Industry:
The idea that this industry is booming is not a myth; the United States tattoo industry reported in early 2009 that there are over 45,000 licensed tattoo artists in America and estimates have the number of people receiving tattoos at about 20 million.
Indeed, tattoos have become so popular that they’ve made their way into mainstream society; the majority of people under age 50 have at least heard of tattoos and they’re not as stigmatized as they once were.
# Health Benefits of Tattoos:
Health and beauty are two of the most popular reasons in the United States for getting a tattoo. Over 60% of people say they got a tattoo for cosmetic reasons.
The health benefits are almost too good to be true: getting a tattoo offers an amazing stress relief, it is highly beneficial to those suffering from depression, they can help with insomnia and even some types of skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis.
People who are on the lower end of the social ladder (e.g. gang members) and those who are economically disadvantaged have higher rates of depression, anxiety and sleep disorders than average. Studies suggest that getting a tattoo helps lift these negative feelings and allows a person to be free realizing, “this is me; I’m an individual; I’m not like everyone else. Everyone has flaws, this is mine!”
A study on the prevalence of depression and anxiety in tattooed inmates at a federal prison found that 80% of inmates had a history of depression, 67% had anxiety disorders, and 54% had been diagnosed with a psychiatric illness.
In another study, approximately half of all prisoners reported high rates of self-harm, including hanging themselves. Tattoos are considerably more prevalent in these subpopulations; up to 17% of British male prisoners have tattoos compared to 3% of the general population. -17% (nearly 1 in 6) of New Zealand inmates are tattooed, whereas the figure for the general population is between 2% and 5%. In another study, 15% of male prisoners with a history of self-harm were tattooed compared to 3.5% of the general population.
# Positive Effects of Tattoos:
In one study it found that the more tattoos someone had, the less likely they were to commit suicide. This is likely to be because of the sense of identity and belonging; if you’re an outcast as it were, getting a tattoo helps reaffirm why you are an outcast, and this can help with self-esteem and self-worth.
* Lower stress levels: Research found that people with a tattoo or multiple tattoos had lower stress levels. The more tattoos they had, the greater the reduction in stress levels.
* Blood pressure: Although there are conflicting studies on this, one study found that hypertensive patients whose blood pressures dropped most were those who reported the greatest relaxation after getting their tattoos.
Studies have also linked high blood pressure to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke as well as an overall shortened life span. (We will discuss this in more detail later.
* Better Athlete: Athletes can also benefit from having tattoos. Tattoos are becoming increasingly common in the world of sport, especially among professional or well-known athletes.
The benefits to an athlete is that they have something to motivate them, or serve as a form of positive reinforcement when things aren’t going so well. However, it’s important to note that it has been found that having too many tattoos can actually be a negative thing; it can be detrimental to an athlete’s performance as new and more elaborate tattoos are painful and distracting while training.
* Strengthen the Immune System: The immune system is essential for fighting off diseases and infections, but it can also be damaged if you’re not regularly taking exercise, eating properly and making sure that you’re resting enough.
People with more tattoos have been found to have stronger immune systems than those who aren’t tattooed. (This is because the body continues to build muscle as it ages.) This means that they’ll be able to fight more infections and diseases.
* Boost Self-Confidence: Getting a tattoo is something that people usually do when they feel very confident in themselves and their beliefs. It’s a way of reinforcing the individual’s identity and self-worth. People who are more confident also generally have better self-esteem than those who aren’t, which is another major benefit.
Unfortunately, most tattoos are done in the United States in “dirty” shops. Tattooing was legalized only about 50 years ago, and many establishments continue to operate without regard to health codes.
* Promote Body-Positivity: The body-positive movement is a positive step toward acceptance of a variety of bodies, including those who have tattoos. Many of today’s celebrities and socialites have tattoos, which can have a tremendous impact on younger generations that want to emulate their idols.
* Whole-Body Health: In addition to the mental and emotional benefits that accompany getting a tattoo, tattoos also promote healthy skin and reproductive health, including the health of reproductive organs such as the ovaries.
* More Appealing Job Candidate: A few decades ago, tattoos were the mark of a gangster or other unsavory figure. Today, they’re more likely to be seen on celebrities and socialites. Because of this, many people are getting tattoos in order to help them land their dream job or get a promotion.
Getting a tattoo can also be a great confidence-boosting experience for someone who’s just starting out in the working world, especially for someone who feels unsure about their place in society.
* Form of Self-Expression: Tattoos can be a great form of self-expression. Some people use tattoos to create a different image for themselves because they feel like their true selves don’t conform to what society deems as normal, or they want to try something new and different.
Some people even get tattoos when they’re bored or as a creative outlet. Whoever gets the first tattoo is usually the first person to start pushing the limits and getting more creative, which is why it can sometimes be hard to get others to follow suit.
# How to Get the Healthiest Tattoo Possible:
The most important thing to remember is to trust your artist. This is because if they’re not a member of the Association of Professional Tattooists, they’re not going to be up-to-date with the newest regulations and won’t be held accountable if anything goes wrong. A good tattoo artist will give you a detailed consultation, explaining what machine they’ll use, how long it’ll take and what risks are involved (e.g. skin pigmentation change). They’ll also offer you aftercare advice and be able to answer any questions you may have.
Studies have found that 60% of tattoos fade within 25 years, which is why it’s important to trust your artist to use a quality tattoo machine that won’t cause dermal damage and scarring. It’s also worth getting two or more quotes for your tattoo, just to make sure that the price being quoted is fair and reasonable.
# Uses of Tattoos: Our skin is our largest organ, and the one most covered by clothing. The best thing to do if you want to maintain a healthier appearance is to get your tattoo professionally inked on other areas of your body, such as arms or legs. You’ll be able to enjoy the full benefits of a tattoo for longer and we can guarantee you’ll love the way it looks.
# Fashion Tattoos: Our back is the second largest area of our skin that is uncovered, after our face. Make sure you keep tabs of the latest fashion trends so that you can get a great looking tattoos to compliment your looks and wardrobe.
~ Are tattoos good for you?
Tattoos can be a great thing! They make you look unique, and give you a new way to express yourself. But they can also lead to embarrassment, questioning from friends and family, and bad behavior. For many people, tattoos are the result of poor decisions made during the teenage years or early adulthood.
For many young people in their teens and twenties, getting body art is just part of the culture they’re immersed in at the time.
~ How long does it take to heal a tattoo?
It takes about two weeks for a tattoo to heal. For the first few days after you get it, you’ll have to treat it like a bad sunburn, wearing loose clothing and not taking too many baths or showers.
~ Do tattoos hurt?
Getting a tattoo can be a pretty painful experience. Your artist will numb your skin first with local anesthetic, but there may still be some discomfort as they puncture your skin and inject the ink beneath your skin.
~ Is it worth it to get a tattoo?
The health benefits of getting a tattoo are undeniable. However, you should be extremely mindful of the risks involved if you’re getting a large tattoo that covers your entire back and shoulders. For those with medical conditions such as: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema or diabetes, it’s best to discuss these risks with your tattoo artist before they make the decision to give you their services.
There are artists who will take into consideration the health risks that clients might have to avoid giving unsanitary acts.
~ What to avoid after getting a tattoo?
It’s important to keep the affected area clean and dry after you’re done with your tattoo, and wear loose-fitting clothing for the rest of the day to allow it to heal. However, if any of the skin around your tattoo begins to look discolored or scabby, it could be a sign that you have an infection. This doesn’t mean that it’s infected – it means that your body hasn’t properly healed from your tattoo yet.
~ Do tattoos affect your liver?
The liver is one of the most important organs in your body as it helps to maintain fast reactions and prevents toxins from building up. However, getting a large tattoo, such as a back tattoo will affect your liver in a negative way. It needs time to heal itself and this process can be stressful for the organ, which is why you should avoid long-haul flights or any long car rides after getting a large tattoo so that it doesn’t cause any damage to your liver.
~ Do tattoos affect your brain?
Research shows that the human brain can be affected by tattoos but in a positive way. They say that getting a tattoo is something that takes up a lot of your focus, so it helps to strengthen your attention span and may even help you to reduce stress.
~ Is it ok to get pregnant with tattoos?
Fortunately, getting a tattoo while you’re pregnant will not affect the baby. However, some people believe that getting one while you’re pregnant is bad luck and can lead to problems with the baby being born with birth defects.
If you do have a tattoo, try and keep it clean. Don’t worry about washing it too much as this can dry the skin and cause your tattoo to fade, but make sure that if you’re enjoying yourself in the pool or at the beach it doesn’t get covered in that sand! Finally don’t use a tanning bed or sunbathe around your tattoo: we know the temptation is there to feel those sun-kissed tanned skin woes but it may fade your tattoo ink.