Written by Joe, April 13th, 2013. History of Tattoos, 10 Misconceptions of Myths about Tattoos
The world of tattoo is surrounded by an aura of mystery (and often mystical) since antiquity. Nowadays, the abundance of information available on all means at our disposal has made it easier to access much more literature about its origins, its history and its meaning; although parallel our information society is the breeding ground ideal for spreading all kinds of rumors, urban legends and myths without any scientific basis.
Here we collect some of the most popular misconceptions of myths about tattoos that can be found commonly online circulation:
1. The tattoo needle is a single needle
The belief that the tattoo machine uses a single needle for tattoos is totally false. Indeed, a single needle can be used to perform certain parts of a tattoo, lines outline, very fine detail work, etc. But in reality the number of needles used varies. For certain operations, groups of needles are used (typically an odd number, 3, 5, 7 to 15) welded. These groups allow artists needles fill large areas more quickly, perform shaded with greater control, or simply draw thicker strokes.
Paradoxically, the number of needles is not related to the tattoo is more painful than that is a shade made with seven needles, NO is seven times more painful than if he had been made a single needle (pain discuss later).
2. Tattoos bleed a lot
In most cases, when the tattoo artist begins drawing or outlining the tattoo on the skin barely produces blood. When shade or color on larger areas is usually bleed very little, and also the tattoo stops bleeding by itself in 5 to 10 minutes. When the person leaves the studio wearing your tattoo bandaged it is normal skin and bleeding has stopped completely. In short, a successful tattoo involves no significant blood loss.
3. Some inks fade over time
Is Is true that some colors like red and blue losing some intensity at once the tattoo has healed, but once seated the colors will remain uniform. In recent years, innovations in techniques developed have used tattoo inks incorporating some new pigments much more resistant to the elements (sun, over time, etc.), which makes the current tattoos remain much better the brightness of their colors over the years.
4. Tattoos turn blue over time
When it comes to tattoos, many people have in mind the image of old tattoos bluish / greenish in the decade of the 50s and 60s, or the typical tattoos prison and military service. Today this effect is nonexistent due to the better quality of the inks used tattoo machines and much more advanced and precise.
5. White ink (or light colored) hurts much more
This is another mistake commonly spread. Logically the pain does not depend in any way on the color of the ink used in tattooing. The origin of this false belief in the technique of tattooing. Usually light colors are used in the final stages of the tattoo (for highlights or highlights certain areas) when the tattoo is almost finished, so the tattooist needs to work again on areas previously tattooed, which tend to be more sensitive after sessions above. This fact gives the misperception that many people colored inks hurt more than when I made the share of dark colors.
6. The pain is unbearable Tattoo
True tattoos hurt, that’s for sure. But the level of pain or discomfort depends on many factors, and in general everyone has the general feeling that “hurts a lot less than you expected.”
The determining factor for the pain of a tattoo is mostly in the area of the body which is performed: the more nerve endings in the body area have more painful the tattoo, being the most sensitive areas, the palm of the hands, face, inner thighs and arms, and the least the back. It is also important that it be soft zone. The impact made tattoo machine needles against the skin, if the skin is tattooing in areas under which no or little meat bone to cushion the impact, the tattoo will be more painful. This is the case of the ankles, wrists, knuckles, etc.
The tattooists always try your customers suffer as little as possible and to do this they employ various techniques, and in extreme cases often have an anesthetic cream for sensitive people who cannot withstand the process.
7. The tattooists are rude and surly as in any profession there are so many personalities as different, so make generalities (as usual) is a mistake. The tattoo artists are people too, and obviously can have a “bad day” like everyone else. They have personal lives separate from their work and problems and concerns that may influence them as any other worker. A tattoo does not have to be a pimp or rude.
8. Tattooing is easy now, a tattooist is a professional who uses techniques that require several years of work and practice, and often study or research (elsewhere techniques, different styles, etc.). Tattooing involves numerous elements plus good drawing skills: knowledge of different skin types and pigments, calculate the time it will take work, regulations on hygiene and sterilization of equipment, handling equipment such as autoclave, and also deal with people: learning to listen to their customers to do the job that best suits your ideas is critical.
9. Tattoos are very expensive
Like everything, this claim depends on many factors, especially the complexity of the job you want. A simple little work is totally affordable. Also if think long term, the tattoo is a permanent addition to your body. You will pay only once and will be with you a lifetime, no interest, or have to finance it for years, so you can not steal or be missed…
The price of a good tattoo, like a work of art (made more so as) not a factor that we should make too much.
10. Tattoos are forever
In the past 15 years the tattoo removal techniques have made incredible improvements. Remove a tattoo for years involving thousands of dollars in medical expenses, but over the years and the emergence of new methods, such as laser, prices have fallen and no longer a task of years, but we must always remember that tattoo removal is much more expensive than them, and the results are not always completely satisfactory (the times are shadows or traces), so it is still a good idea to think about it seriously before taking the plunge.
And finally three myths true. When preparing this list I found recurring themes and it was usually easy to prove that they were false, but interspersed with urban legends found several common assertions concerning the field of health that often arouse doubts, so I decided to consult health professionals in Spain. (Do not know if these findings are applicable to all countries of the world, but at least in Spain have application).
11. Complications related to tattoos and MRIs.
appears certain that MRIs are not recommended when you have a tattoo recently, mostly as a precaution and because it seems that in the literature there are documented cases of people who will bled a recent tattoo to undergo an MRI.
They also seem to be documented isolated cases of people undergoing an MRI that have a sense of “stinging” or “burning” in their tattoo. As I have been isolated cases and almost never seems to happen (Nothing to do with completely false stories of people who “exploit their tattoos will” and other similar fantasy that we can find on the internet, or the Imam of TAC will start the ink tattooed skin and rennet, as an episode TV series “House”).
It is believed that these side effects may be due to the presence of metallic elements in some tattoo pigments, which could “react” with the strong magnetic field that is used in the resonances. In any case, and so I was able to find all occurrences that seem to relate Tattoo and MRI appear to be mild and minor, should be an anecdotal issue mainly because the inks with metallic components are virtually obsolete in the modern tattoo.
12. Tattoos and Pregnancy
As a general rule tattooing is discouraged during pregnancy, mainly because there is a risk; although minimal, of disease or complications (the tattoo is infected, for example) that may adversely affect the child and the best for the child that the mother is exposed to health hazards as little as possible during their pregnancy.
On the other hand, it is also true that tattoos on the lower back may result in not being able to practice epidural anesthesia, which is usually given during labor to prevent pain. This is because the epidural is administered in that area and in theory, if the needle used “drag” some ink into the tattoo could result in serious complications, so that, as a general rule, a tattoo Cover the lower back may not be a good idea if you ever want to have a child and you administer the epidural. More information about epidural anesthesia is in Wikipedia.
For the same reason, you have problems that you perform a lumbar puncture (a diagnostic procedure that is performed to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid by inserting a needle between the vertebrae in the lumbar region), since the method and the risks are very similar to those of epidural anesthesia.
More information about lumbar puncture is in Wikipedia.
13. Tattoos and blood donation
And we end this article with section 13 (which as you know a symbol of good luck in the world of tattoo) with other commonly recurring theme when talking about getting a tattoo: blood donation.
Indeed, it is true that in many countries (including Spain) a tattoo precludes us to donate blood for a period of time, in Spain this period is 6 months and other countries can reach two years. This is a measure of prevention of health services due to the hypothetical risk that we have contracted a disease because of our recent tattoo, a disease that may not yet appear in the analysis, hence this safety period (window period).
This limit for donating blood is applied to many other areas (not something exclusive tattooed people). It is quite common after having traveled to some countries where certain diseases are common, for example.
After the quarantine period (which depends on the health legislation of each country) can donate blood again normally.
That’s all; I hope that these brief notes I have helped to clarify some common questions of misconceptions of myths about tattoos.
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