It’s thought the word tattoo originates from the Samoan word “tatau.” Is that where tattoos are thought to originally come from? Here’s what experts think.
Tattoos may seem simple at face value, but their existence is very complex. In this section we’ll help to explain everything you need to know about tattoos, including: how they affect health, how they impact on employment, how they fit into current society and where they originated from. We’ll also answer the most common questions about tattoos in general.
The History Of Tattoos
Tattoos & Health
It’s natural to wonder whether ink can get into your veins during a tattooing procedure. It can happen, but it can also be minimized if you’re careful.
Keloids are a type of raised scar tissue. They can form after any skin trauma, but do tattoos increase the chances? What is the treatment? We explain here.
The skin is a delicate protecting layer that contains numerous nerve endings. A tattoo can trigger pain in these nerves, but can it also be damaged?
Health and safety is a vital factor when getting inked. Have you considered if tattoo inks are toxic? Is it something you should worry about? Find out here.
Although tattoos are generally seen as entirely cosmetic, it’s considered possible that ink can travel and affect the liver. We explore how here.
Is it safe to get a tattoo this day and age? How do you avoid potential complications? Know the risks before you get inked with all of our best insights.
Don’t let the excitement of getting a tattoo stop you from being prepared. There are side effects to tattooing you should be aware of before getting one.
Tattoos are a technical procedure, and go beyond mere cosmetics. It’s entirely possible that ink can travel and affect lymph nodes. We explore how here.
For a long time, people have been let to believe that you can’t have an MRI scan with a tattoo. This isn’t exactly true. Join us as we explain the facts.
It’s natural to be concerned about the effect of tattoos on hair follicles and hair growth. We clear up some of the grey areas in this article.
Whether getting a tattoo causes cancer or not is a contentious issue. Tattoo ink isn’t always pure, but can it also be a possible cause of cancer?
Common Tattoo FAQs
Feeling curious about what happens to tattoos after you gain weight? Well, the body can go on quite an extraordinary journey. Take a peek to find out more.
Want to do your bit and give blood to those who need it, but have a tattoo and not sure if you’re allowed to? We reveal everything you need to know here.
We’re all taught at a young age not to touch or use second-hand needles. But what about when it comes to tattooing? Are those needles reusable? We explain.
A tattoo needle can be intimidating. Knowing how deep a tattoo needle goes into your skin, and why, can help calm any anxiety you feel around getting inked.
Most tattoo inks contain animal by-products, as do other elements of the tattooing process. How do you make sure you get a vegan tattoo? We explain all.
With tattoo popularity on the rise, you wonder if something more is going on. We examine whether or not tattoos are actually addictive, and if so, why?
Got a tattoo that you can no longer look at without feeling huge regret? Here are our top tips for overcoming your tattoo problem and moving on with life.
Is there such a thing as a tattoo without ink? Yes, there is! But, before you run off to your local parlor, find out all there is to know about them here.
Losing weight for health reasons is fantastic, but you may be worried about what your tattoo will look like after your transformation. We explain all.
Millions of people get tattoos every year, but not many stop to think about what the ink being inserted into their skin is actually made of. We reveal all.
Not looking after your ink can cause problems, in particular, smudging. If you’re worried about this happening to you, find out how you can reduce the risk.
Tattoos and muscles go hand in hand. But what happens to tattoos as you bulk? We look at how the skin stretches, where, and how to avoid ruining your ink.
Worried about the risk of your tattoo blurring and want to know how to prevent it? Come and find out the main reasons why this happens, and how to stop it.
Isn’t it weird how ink can be so easily inserted into our skin, but will never come out once in there? We reveal the reasons why right here.
Tattoos In Society
if you’re studying how to hide a tattoo, get tips here on full coverage make-up, tattoo placement, and how to cover your ink and keep your art for yourself.
With increased media attention, tattoo popularity has exploded. Yet, they’re still seen negatively by many. We investigate if tattoos will ever be accepted.
We go back a long way with tattoos; thousands of years in fact. So, will tattoos really go out of style one day? Or will they persist? We’ll try to answer.
Ever see somebody walking down the street with an amazing, crazy, or just plain weird tattoo and happen to wonder “why?” – Well, we might have that answer.
Tattoos may be forever, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be hidden for big occasions where they perhaps aren’t suitable. We reveal our tips and tricks here.
Tattoos And Employment
Sadly, havings tattoos does still affect job opportunities. However, some employers are more likely to turn down tattooed applicants compared to others.
Some careers and tattoos do not mix. While this may seem like an outdated outlook, it’s still very much in force today. Learn more about which jobs, here.
If you’re working or applying for a job with a strict code of conduct, be sensible! Check out the ways in which you can cover your tattoos to avoid issues.
Covering your tattoo for a job interview isn’t necessarily mandatory, but it’s something you should definitely consider. We discuss why in this article.
Looking for a way to make your ink get along with your career? Check out these jobs that will welcome your body art with arms wide open.
There are some archaic views of whether tattoos should be allowed in the workplace, but are attitudes changing? Come and find out as we lift the veil.
Tattoos In The Military
Like most professions, the US Army has a strict policy on tattoos. Come and explore the guidelines and see what the recent policy changes have included.
Are you a Navy recruit thinking about getting inked? Or are you someone with tattoos who’s considering joining? Either way, this is what you need to know.
38% of millennials have between 1 to 6 tattoos, who make up 36% of military staff today. The US Air Force went over their tattoo policy once again to match the current demographics of the recruits. Before Feb. 8, 2017, the US Air Force had a different policy regulating tattoos than the one they have
The US Marine Corps changed its tattoo policy to become more flexible to potential candidates. This guide teaches acceptable locations, sizes, and types.
There are a number of factors that go into calculating how much it will cost to get a tattoo successfully removed. We’ll explain all in this article.
There have beens many debates about how effective tattoo removal creams can actually be. We reveal exactly how efficient they are at removing tattoo ink.
We address the main methods of tattoo removal and explain how they work. Which method is the best? We help you decide and tell you if it’s worth it or not.
Tattoos hurt when you put them in, but also when you take them out. We reveal how much your tattoo removal procedure is likely going to hurt.
There are a few methods of tattoo removal, each needing various amounts of sessions to fully remove a tattoo. We explain how long yours might take here.
While there are dozens of reasons why people choose to get tattoos, there are just as many reasons why people choose to get them removed. We list them here.
Scarring from tattoo removal is uncommon. Nevertheless, it’s a possibility. These treatment and aftercare tips will keep it to a minimum.
There are several ways of getting a tattoo removed, but laser tattoo removal is by far the most popular method. We explain everything you need to know here.
Henna & Temporary Tattoos
Everything you need to know about henna tattoos, including how they’re made, how long they last, and how to remove them properly.
Temporary tattoos are supposed to be easy to remove after a short amount of time. However, they can sometimes be more difficult to remove than expected.
Everything you need to know how about long henna tattoos last, including what makes them last so long, and how to make them last as long as possible.
Henna tattoos are not as temporary as people are led to believe, and can in fact be quite difficult to remove. We let you in on our henna removal tips here.