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To Tattoo Or To Not Tattoo – Laser Tattoo Removal And Important Facts About It

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Article by Dan Jacobs

Tattoos are prevalent in many different cultures each defining how a certain community or country grew over the years. For some people, tattoos are a form of expression while others consider it as distasteful. Normally, tattoos come in different designs and sizes. Since they are considered as a form of personal expression, it is just normal that some would have their idol celebrities or heroes, likes and other styles to be tattooed in their body part. Ferocious animals like lions and eagles are famous to men because they show a strong personality. Having tattoos really hurt because the ink is implanted in the skin. Indicators of the pain felt mainly depend on the size of the tattoo as well as the expertise of the artist.

If you have a tattoo that you want to remove, there are some surgical procedures that you can take. However, the procedures may cause immense scarring. This led to the wonderful procedure known as laser tattoo removal. Right after the procedure’s inception, it already became famous in many parts of the world. Basically, many people regretted the placements and styles of their tattoos after several years.

The removal procedure utilizes the laser technology to remove the tattoo ink in the skin. This is not easy for tattoos done by artists in the last decade because of the advancements in inking tools. Plus, various tattoo-making training emerged over the years. The laser tattoo removal procedure works by emitting light beams towards the part of the skin filled with tattoo. The laser beams would break up the ink particles into fragments. Afterwards, the body’s scavenging cells will clear up the particles. The ink particles will be removed wholly, depending on the depth of the ink and complexity of the design. Many people love this procedure because it is bloodless and there is no need for incisions. The laser is specialized to target the pigment of the skin to effectively remove the tattoo. However, despite the technological advancement of this procedure, it is not entirely accurate.

Laser tattoo removal often leaves scarring marks because of the intensity of the laser beams. Remember that if you want to remove your tattoo definitely, you need to undergo several sessions until it is one hundred percent removed. The procedure is somehow painful because of the heat of the laser beams. The pain is prolonged, especially if the design of the tattoo is intricate. A tattoo of a small flower can be removed easily, compared to a tattoo of an ancient Chinese dragon.

In the end, it is advisable to think and rethink before having a tattoo in the first place. Determine what kind of design you want for your tattoo, so that you won’t regret it later. Before having a laser tattoo removal, take pain-killing medications such as Tylenol, but do not forget to consult your doctor.

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History And Art Of Tattooing

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Throughout recorded history we find that humans have the innate desire to adorn themselves and their surroundings. A house isn’t just a house but a home that expresses the inhabitant’s personality. A temple isn’t just a structure for worship but a construction for those who attempt to reach God; just think of the Gothic cathedrals-point up towards the heavens. A car isn’t just a means of transportation but a symbol of power or lack of it. And so it goes.

But tattoos? Being more personal than structures and surroundings, we must look within to understand their popularity.

Tattoos in America:

Not all societies adopt tattoos as means of personal and communal expressions. In many cultures -especially illiterate societies-tattoos carry the visual symbols, icons, and signals of collective consciousness and memories they wish to preserve.

In America, given their popularity today, we can see that tattoos are a continuation of the earlier generations’ symbols of rebellion, of being different, of presenting a contrarian attitude, of the nonconformist.

In place of long hair we now have long nails, body piercing, and tattoos.

Is it a fad? Given that the fad is lasting longer than a decade, we can say perhaps it is more than a fad; may be a much longer wave. Young people imitate stars, celebrities, and other famous achievers. In soccer we see a veteran player like David Beckham sport very visible tattoos on his neck; following Beckham’s example, the young striker Natasha Kai isn’t shy about displaying her countless tattoos. In boxing, tattoos are almost mandatory -perhaps as weapons of intimidation-since most boxers wear them. The fiercer the tattoo the fiercer the appearance of the boxer: just take a close look at Mike Tyson’s face.

Tattoos are bridges between the body and the soul:

For many individuals, tattoos are connectors between material reality and the spiritual realm, much like prayers.

While prayers are somewhat restricted for the most for worshipping, or for matters of extreme dangerous situations, tattoos being fixed and constant are reminders of our aloneness in this world. A glance at them can ameliorate that feeling of dread.

Sometimes it is difficult, if not impossible, to externalize a personal inner quest. A graphic depiction can do that for us as a way of telling others “this is what I am about.”

For many, tattoos concretize their faith in some abstraction. Take for example patriotism, freedom, or love. These human emotions and feelings cannot be properly articulated, but they can be expressed easily with a tattoo of the American flag, the Liberty Bell, or bleeding hearts.

Tats and Aesthetics:

One can make the argument that a tattoo doesn’t have to justify anything-but beauty. Many of the Celtic, butterfly, dragons, flowery, and even weaponry tattoos are so designed and executed that evoke a feeling of awe and admiration.

If a tattoo is well balanced, it is whole, and it has a splendor of its own, then we can say that it is beautiful. Must one have to justify beauty? Of course not, but keep in mind that quality must prevail; if enough quality tattoos are shown, then we are justified in calling this part of aesthetics: “body art.”

Generational Reactions:

While the public in general are tolerant and laissez-faire about tattoos, the generations in power (as in the power to hire, promote, and fire) are less inclined to accept the practice.

Tattoos will be viewed as a vehicle of strangeness in an applicant; a visible sign that the individual may not be a team player, someone difficult to manage. This may not be true, but it is the way of corporate cultures. In fact, I’ve heard a human resources executive denigrate tattoos as “jail art.”

Tats, Sense and Sensitivity:

Common sense tells us to be sensitive to other people’s feelings, history, and culture. Likewise, tattoos should not be worn as to offend others. Political symbols and religious symbols are still taboo in America. Cosmic and zodiac expressions have become universal symbols and are looked on with sympathy.

Conclusion:

Like in any other human endeavors, taste, likes, and dislikes, tattoos have caught the imagination of the younger generations and are here to stay. While some are critical of the practice, most people are tolerant. And instead of looking for the negative, we should look for the positive gains that they (tattoos) can yield to the wearer, and also for the beauty that some of them contain.

Retired. Former investment banker, Columbia University-educated, Vietnam Vet (67-68). For the writing techniques I use, see Mary Duffy’s e-book: Sentence Openers. To read my book reviews of the Classics visit my blog: Writing To Live

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