In Western culture tattoos are often seen as something associated with
people on the edge of society. Since the early 90s, however, tattooing
has become more common and socially acceptable in Australia.
Although more people these days seem to have tattoos, getting one still
carries some risks.
Tattooing has been around for nearly as long as humans have been
around. An early example was found on a frozen body 9000 years old!
Tattooing has become a part of the culture of almost all societies.
Early Christians used tattoos as symbols of recognition, until they were
banned by Papal edict.
The word ‘tattoo’ was first brought to the English language after Captain
Cook’s voyages to Tahiti. Western sailors then began to adopt tattooing.
In the early 19th century, tattooing became very popular with criminals
and the working class in Britain and the US; hence the association of
tattoos with people on the fringes of society. Tattooing retained this
negative image until its recent revival as a mainstream symbol of
individuality as well as defiance.
Reasons people get tattoos
There are many reasons why people choose to have a tattoo on their
It seems that getting a tattoo can make someone look like an individual or
a conformist, depending on your view. People have been known to get
tattoos as an impulsive act, perhaps when they were intoxicated - and
they may or may not regret it later when they are sober.
Getting a tattoo at an accredited professional tattoo parlor is relatively
risk-free, but getting a tattoo still puts you at risk of the following:
Things to consider
Tattooing is a painful process, and tattoos are expensive to remove. If
you want to have a tattoo removed there will always be a scar.
You need to carefully consider the reasons behind your need to get a
tattoo before going through with it. Trends come and go, but a badly
chosen tattoo lasts forever, or costs a lot to remove. Just ask Johnny
Depp or Angelina Jolie.
If you do decide to get a tattoo, you need to go to a qualified
professional. Home-made tattoos, such as those made with Indian ink,
should never be considered.
When choosing a tattoo artist you should make sure of the following:
If the tattoo artist is a professional, then he or she will be happy to show
you the ways in which their workplace adheres to standard safe practices.
If they are uncooperative or give you a hard time because of your
requests, simply leave – they do not deserve your trust or your business.
If you get a tattoo
A new tattoo requires some careful attention. A tattoo is an open wound
until it heals. Here are some general rules, but make sure you follow the
advice of the tattoo artist about how to best care for the area.