Tattoo removal expert has a warning: Just don’t do it!

Yet another article about tattoo removal where false information is being spread.

Let’s say you are living in the moment, feeling giddy — a little tipsy, maybe — and you decide to go for it. You decide to get that tattoo.

Dr. Suzanne Kilmer has a warning for you: Think twice before acting. Not only do you face five times the risk of contracting hepatitis C, chances are you’ll change your mind about whether you like your tattoo before you reach middle age.

Recent studies have shown a correlation between tattoos and hep C, but also stated that the risks were much lower in a professional shop. The data showed that people with hepatitis were 5x more likely to have tattoos, not the other way around like she stated.

There is also no data to support her statement that “chances are you’ll change your mind about whether you like your tattoo before you reach middle age.”


10 Irrational Arguments Against Tattoos and my Responses to Them

Note to readers: If you have anything else to add to this list, please contact me. I want to hear your reasons for disliking tattoos since these are apparently just weak arguments from “the lowest common denominator” of people with negative opinions of tattoos.

I see a lot of arguments, questions or statements used against tattoos that really don’t make any sense at all. I am going to highlight 10 that I hear over and over again and explain why they are irrational.

  1. Would you put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari?
  2. Another variation is “Why put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?”

    My reaction to this question used to be something along the lines of, “It’s my Ferrari, and I’ll put a bumper sticker on it if I want to.” But, the more I think about the analogy, the less sense it actually makes.

    The Ferrari is obviously supposed to represent the human body. Every person on the planet has a body, and skin with space for tattoos. A Ferrari is an exotic sports car that a very, very small percentage of people on this earth can actually afford. How can the two even be compared? I am not a car, I am a living, breathing, thinking being.

    If a bumper sticker on a Ferrari is bad, how about a tattooed Ferrari?

    Or a Ferrari tattoo?

  3. What will happen when you get older?
  4. People use this argument from 2 general angles. First, they attack the way tattoos will age as your skin ages and wrinkles.

    My skin will sag and wrinkle in the same way regardless of whether I have tattoos or not. Fine details in a tattoo may become obscured and colors may fade, but tattoos do not run like wet paint and can always be touched up if necessary.

    With advances in ink, the days of black tattoos turning into unidentifiable green blobs are long gone and modern tattoos generally age very well if taken care of properly.

    The other thing I often hear is, “You are going to be embarrassed by your tattoos when you are old and in a nursing home.”

    Considering the fact that close to 40% of people in my age group have tattoos, if I do end up in a nursing home when I’m older, I expect to be in good company, surrounded by others with tattoos. We can sit around sharing stories about our ink and reminiscing about our youth. Some may even continue getting tattooed, no matter how old they are.

  5. People with tattoos are all just sheep, following the herd.
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Professional tattooing in sterile environment not associated with risk of hepatitis C

I have seen quite a few stories lately about the dangers of tattooing, but most are aimed at non-professional work. Tattoo parties are becoming more popular and needles are being re-used, greatly increasing the risk of spreading disease.

The CDC recently decided to review many of the studies which were conducted between 1994-2011. They found 62 studies which met their criteria for inclusion in their review.

Their conclusion was clear.

“There is no definitive evidence that [hepatitis C] infections occur when sterile equipment is used,” comment the investigators. “Of note, no outbreaks of hepatitis C infection have been detected in the United States that originate from professional tattooing or piercing parlours.”

However, they emphasise that tattooing in non-sterile environments was associated with an increased hepatitis C risk.

This is why it is so important to choose a good shop whenever you plan on getting tattooed. Getting a cheap tattoo at a party in someone’s living room may sound like a good idea, but are the risks really worth the reward?


Tattoos bring out the worst in people

No, I’m not talking about people with tattoos, rather people who think it’s their job to tell the world that other people shouldn’t have tattoos.

Show me a tattoo related article on a popular website that allows comments, and I’ll show you a group of very angry people who outwardly hate tattoos and want to tell the world about it. One of my recent posts showcased just a few of the comments left in response to a Washington Post article, but I continue to see this happen over and over again. It seems like every single tattoo related article I come across on the net somehow manages to get the anti-tattoo fanatics to come crawling out of the woodwork to spout their opinions. It doesn’t matter if the piece was written in favor or against tattoos, whether it was published by the BBC or the Washington Post, in 2011 or 10 years ago. The comments all tend to head in the same direction.
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