The National Geographic News reported that as of April 2000, about 40 million Americans are estimated to have a tattoo. And this number is continually increasing by the day. This is despite the fact that tattooing can leave a negative impact on the person concerned as well as to the environment. If you are serious about getting your first tattoo, it would be good to first know what these impacts are so that you can make an intelligent and informed decision beforehand.
Impact on Your Health
Regardless of whether you have side tattoos for girls or chest tattoos for men or a tattoo anywhere on your body, they all can leave the same impact on you. Less serious health impacts include skin problems on the tattooed area such as scabies, dermatitis, psoriasis and allergies. The most common cause for these skin problems is the toxic substance present in the ink used.
In addition, most black inks used in tattooing contain benzopyrene, a carcinogenic substance that causes cancer in animals. In fact, there were already reported coincidental cases where malignant tumors and melanoma were present in tattoos.
Viral infection can also be potentially transmitted to you through the needle used for getting a tattoo. You could contact Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, staph, Herpes and even HIV or AIDS if the needle used was not properly sterilized. Moreover, some hospitals and testing centers do not allow people with body tattoos to be subjected to life-saving MRI tests. That is because there are metal particles in the ink that may cause an extreme burning sensation during the test.
If ever you want your tattoo to be removed, there is another health concern that you have to face. Some pigments are phototoxic, which means that they will break down into a toxic substance once removed using laser or UV light which is a common technique in tattoo removal. These toxic substances could then end up in your liver or kidney, making you at risk of other health problems.
Employers have certain criteria when hiring employees. Although in most hiring processes it is not clearly specified that tattoos are prohibited, most hiring managers prefer to hire applicants who have no tattoos. If you can conceal your tattoo during an interview, that is acceptable. The challenge is to conceal it during work hours. That is why tattoo placement is an important consideration. If you want to have a tattoo, have it in the area on your body that you could easily conceal with clothing.
Impact to the environment
It is estimated that there are now more than 20,000 tattoo parlors in the US. And most tattoo shops now use disposable needles and other paraphernalia. Many of these parlors do not dispose of their needles and paraphernalia properly. As a result, they could end up in landfills and bodies of water. And remember that many of these needles still have ink left in them. Just imagine their potential hazard to many animals that will be exposed to them. If you are concerned about the environment and wildlife and you support any effort to help save and protect them, rethink about having a tattoo.
Most people have tattoos to express themselves. However, it is worth considering that this form of body art can have a negative and significant impact on your health, employment and also the environment. Knowing the effect, it is now your personal decision whether you will push through with it or not.