July 17 is National Tattoo Day which celebrates the rich history of tattoos as well as the artists. Tattoos which were once more commonly associated with sailors and rock stars but rarely found among physicians and teachers. Now days, it is rarer to find someone who doesn’t sport a tattoo or who hasn’t considered getting one. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, about 3 of 10 people have a tattoo and those that do usually have more than one.
Tattoos can be a form of self-expression, cultural reasons, a way to preserve a memory or experience, while others may do it on a dare. No matter the reason, some thought should go into the decision. Facts to consider include the reason why, long term factors, but also health considerations.
No matter how you feel about tattoos, they do involve health risks such as:
The FDA provides 7 questions to consider to decide if tattoos are right for you:
Check the FDA web page for answers to those questions but also know that MedlinePlus provides information from a number of authoritative resources to consider regarding the health and safety of tattooing before heading to the parlor.
In addition, learn more about the history of tattoos from the Smithsonian Institute.