A long time ago, tattoo is a symbol of your status in the community. In some tribes, the more tattoos you have the higher your status or position is.
Nowadays, tattoo is considered an art and more and more people are hooked on getting their skin inked.
But, you should also know that it has its own dangers and health implications.
Here are 6 things you need to consider about getting a tattoo.
1: Heavy metals
Before anyone signs up for a tattoo, they should ask themselves these questions first. And then consider the fact that many colors of tattoo ink contain heavy metals, according to a report in Scientific American, including lead, mercury, arsenic, beryllium, and chromium. Red dyes have been found to contain cadmium and iron oxide. While these metals give dyes their permanence, they are also linked to cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, and other scary side effects. Tattooed patients undergoing MRIs have suffered first-degree burns as the metals in their tattoo ink heated up. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate tattoo ink, and no pigments have been approved for injection into the skin for cosmetic purposes. Published research has reported that some inks contain pigments used in printer toner or in car paint.