Body Tattoos: Myths and Facts

More than an art form, body tattoos have become a rage today, especially among the younger generation, which counts tattoos as a fashion statement and even as a mode of expressing themselves! Some of the biggest celebrities today are seen sporting tattoos on their body, which is giving a tremendous boost to this trend. As against what might seem to be, the trend of putting body tattoos is not all that new in the world; in fact, the tradition of putting artistic patterns on the body goes back to hundreds of years. Asia, America and even some regions of Europe have been witnesses to traditions where people colored their bodies with natural substances to commemorate various events and occasions.

At the same time, there have also been many kinds of beliefs circulating in these cultures about the art of body tattooing. Most of these beliefs happen to be myths and many of them find an audience till date. Here are some of these myths with their explanations that lay bare the truth behind them all!

Myth 1: Until very recently tattoos were the characteristic feature of criminals, degenerates, bikers and sailors.

  • Not true! There are evidences in the world history where people from all walks of life, be it medicine, law or banking, all sported tattoos on their body in some form or another. Even the royalty participated in this trend as Edward VII had been known to have a tattoo. Even Winston Churchill and his mother had tattoos, which is ample evidence to put this myth to rest!

Myth 2: Tattoos suggest that an individual is rogue and unskilled.

  • Hilarious! Though we can say that a tattoo can suggest about your temperament, nature and even characteristic traits, there is no way a tattoo can suggest an individual to be rogue and unskilled. The talents and skills of an individual have nothing to do with body tattoos. If it were so, many of the famous tattooed people who are today successful in their fields would all be lost in anonymity!

Myth 3: Tattoos reflect that you are less intelligent.

  • Perhaps those who say so need to get their IQ levels checked! Tattoos have no connection with an individual’s intelligence levels or to a person’s mental state. Most probably this myth comes from a couple of popular instances where mental patients tattooed their bodies with images and patterns from their mind. However, it is not true for everyone; is it?

Myth 4: One has to regret having a tattoo with the advancement of age.

  • Well, this belief might have been true some years back in the lane, but not today! In the present day world, old and young all like to get themselves inked in order to express themselves. Tattooing is no longer a stigma and people love to flaunt their body tattoos. One may say that with the shriveling of the skin tattoos might lose their charm and glow, but that is a different question. More so, if one is confident of what one wears, there should not be a worry about what anyone has to say!

Myth 5: If a tattoo is scratched or peeled, no harm is brought on it.

  • Wrong! You peel or scratch a tattoo, and it could lead to permanent damage to your skin and loss of pigment from that particular area. So, think a hundred times before doing any such thing!

Myth 6: One cannot go into a pool after having a tattoo as that would fade its colors.

  • Not at all! Once your tattoo is completely healed and the skin is fine once again, there is no issue in you entering a pool. It is said that the chlorine in the pool water can fade away the colors of the tattoo or make them leak, but it is all a myth and one should not believe any of it!

Myth 7: A person who gets a tattoo, cannot donate blood ever.

  • Silly! There is no link between a healthy tattooed body and blood donation. Unless you have been tattooed using an infected needle, you are ready to donate blood immediately after getting a tattoo. And in case you get infected, you can donate blood at the most an year after getting inked, as per the Red Cross Foundation.

Myth 8: If a woman has a tattoo on her back, she would not get an epidermal at the time of childbirth.

  • Not necessary! This depends firstly on the policies of the hospital you choose and secondly on the condition of your tattoo. If the tattoo is new, the doctor might not want to insert a needle into it for the fear of contamination. However, in case your tattoo is old and the skin is healed, there should be no such issues arising.

Myth 9: Alcohol or aspirin intake before getting inked can ease the pain.

  • The truth behind this is actually the opposite. Aspirin and alcohol are blood thinners; hence, their consumption before getting inked can cause more bleeding during tattooing. This can complicate an otherwise simple wound and thus is not a recommended practice associated with tattooing.

Myth 10: You cannot have a MRI if you have been inked.

  • In the light of the present day tattooing methods, NOT TRUE! The inks used for tattooing in the ancient times used to have high amounts of metals in them, due to which there were chances that those inks would react with radiations from the MRI machine. However, nowadays tattooing inks don’t have any metal content in them, which makes them completely safe with MRI machines!

Here lie busted the top 10 myths surrounding tattooing. So, if you too were being daunted by any of these, now you know the truth behind them; and thus, have a clear way to get inked right away!