Tattooing involves the placement of pigment into the skin’s dermis, the layer of dermal tissue underlying the epidermis.To see important ads, turn off your ad blocker! Article continued below:
A tattoo and processes.
After initial injection, pigment is dispersed throughout a homogenized damaged layer down through the epidermis and upper dermis.
Both of which the presence of foreign material activates the immune system’s phagocytes to engulf the pigment particles.
As healing proceeds, the damaged epidermis flakes away (eliminating surface pigment) while deeper in the skin granulation tissue forms. Which is later converted to connective tissue by collagen growth.
One of my favorite styles of tattooing is the feverish abstract art movement that has its greatest popularity in France, Belgium and even Montreal but is created by top artists around the world. One of those artists is Loic of Needles Side Tattoo in France.
Loic, who has been tattooing for ten years, has his studio in Thonon Les Bains but you can also find him doing regular guest spots around the world.
He likens his tattooing to DJing: “A DJ uses different musical elements and effects to create one unified sound. I do the same but with images, using different artistic styles to create one discernible picture.”
It is the dipping into the individual paint pots with the contaminated needle again and again with a sequence of patients, that the transmission of disease is likely to occur.
I had to post about it, and of course some examples. Truly awesome work and wicked design, too bad to get any ink from him would require travel to France.
A tattoo and Loic woerks.
A tattoo and health risks.
While tattoos are generally considered safe for most people, there are some potential health risks and considerations you should be aware of.
The process of getting a tattoo involves breaking the skin barrier, which can create an entry point for bacteria and other pathogens.
If proper hygiene and aftercare aren’t followed, there’s a risk of infection. Signs of infection may include redness, swelling, pain, and pus around the tattooed area.
Some people might be allergic to certain tattoo ink ingredients, leading to skin reactions, itching, or even rashes. It’s important to do a patch test if you have a history of allergies or sensitivities.
A tattoo and Scarring.
Poor aftercare or an improper healing process could result in scarring. Additionally, if the tattoo is not done by a skilled artist or if the aftercare instructions are not followed correctly, the tattoo may not heal properly and could lead to raised scars.
If proper sanitation practices are not followed at the tattoo parlor, there is a small risk of contracting bloodborne diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B and C.
Some tattoo pigments contain metal elements that can cause interference during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. This is generally a concern with older tattoos or certain ink colors.
Over time, tattoos may fade due to exposure to sunlight, aging, or other factors. Additionally, the ink can spread or change slightly as the skin ages, leading to less precise lines and details.
Granulomas and Keloids: Some people may develop raised bumps (granulomas) or excessive scar tissue (keloids) around the tattooed area, particularly if they are prone to these types of skin reactions.
A tattoo and Skin Conditions.
If you have pre-existing skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, getting a tattoo could potentially exacerbate these conditions. While most tattoo inks are considered safe, there is limited long-term research on the effects of the pigments used in tattoos.
Some concerns have been raised about the potential for ink ingredients to migrate through the body over time.
To minimize these risks, it’s important to choose a reputable and licensed tattoo artist who follows proper hygiene practices, uses sterilized equipment, and provides clear aftercare instructions.
Additionally, you should disclose any existing health conditions or allergies to your tattoo artist and follow their advice for aftercare to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.
If you’re concerned about potential health risks, it’s a good idea to consult with a dermatologist before getting a tattoo.
Modern tattooists reduce such risks by following universal precautions, working with single-use items, and sterilizing their equipment after each use.
All The Best!