The number of youths who are getting tattoos on their bodies is getting so scary. In almost every 5 youths you see today, at least 3 have tattoos on their bodies. Teens and young adults in Nigeria are getting so addicted to this tattoo culture, injecting dangerous chemicals under their skin in the name of art and expression. Even the media glorifies the tattoo culture as it seems its one way of knowing a celebrity or a socialite. More than 90% of public figures in Nigeria have tattoos all over their bodies and as such, the young people out there who have some of them as role models emulate them. Some of these people even have so much that it makes them look as though they are wearing a cloth even when they are nude. Some have very nasty ones that makes you wonder if its a scar that has refused to heal…. Tattoos might be more common than ever, but don’t take tattooing lightly. You could be the proud owner of a new tattoo in a matter of hours, but don’t let the ease of getting tattoos stop you from making a thoughtful decision about permanent body art. Before you get a tattoo, make sure you know what’s involved. Also, be certain that tattooing is the right decision for you. HOW TATTOOS ARE DONE
A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on your skin with pigments inserted through pricks into the skin’s top layer. Typically, the tattoo artist uses a hand-held machine that acts much like a sewing machine, with one or more needles piercing the skin repeatedly. With every puncture, the needles insert tiny ink droplets. The process, which is done without anesthetics causes a small amount of bleeding and slight to potentially significant pain. You should know the risks involved in getting a tattoo. Tattoos breach the skin, which means that skin infections and other complications are possible. Specific risks include: ALLERGIC REACTIONS: Tattoo dyes especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo. SKIN INFECTIONS: A skin infection which might cause redness, swelling, pain and a pus-like drainage is possible after tattooing. OTHER SKIN PROBLEMS: Sometimes bumps called granulomas form around tattoo ink. Tattooing can also lead to keloids raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue. BLOODBORNE DISEASE: If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various bloodborne diseases including tetanus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. These are some of the uncountable problems associated with tattoos. Whether driven by the urge for personal expression or just plain youthful impulsiveness, most people get tattooed without a clue about the health implications of this invasive skin-puncturing procedure. More than 70% of people with tattoos later regret getting them. So before you run to a tattoo parlour today, think very well. BE ENLIGHTENED! BE INSPIRED!! BE MOTIVATED!!!


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