Some Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo

If you’re planning on getting a tattoo, take a moment to consider some possible consequences.

The idea of a tattoo is rebellious in nature, at least if you’re a young teen. So, naturally there are many teenagers who resort to tattoos as a method of getting back at their parents. Granted, there are those people, even teenagers, who get a tattoo because they have weighed the consequences, and have a genuine reason other than “I want it”. However, those young teens who do not properly consider the consequences can be making a life changing decision.

A tattoo is something that should be thoroughly considered, and certainly not done on impulse. Another thing to remember is that a tattoo is permanent, and a few days after it will hurt, especially if somebody touches it. The day after a classmate of mine got a tattoo and came into school, one of his friends had forgotten that he got a tattoo. His friend went over to him and patted him on the back with a moderate force. Sort of like a “see you later” pat, only slightly harder. My classmate who had gotten the tattoo got up and screamed in pain, and actually almost punched his friend. After that he stormed out of the classroom. From then on, I have no recollection of what happened after that, but I do remember he was not in class the next day.

There are also other harmful effects of getting a tattoo that may lead to serious pain. Since common tattoos are made with metals, any contact with a magnetic force will literally yank the metal out of your skin. If you have ever seen the TV series House, there was an episode where a musician needed an MRI. The problem was the musician had multiple tattoos, and the MRI is essentially is a large magnet, so let’s just say he had a bad time. This episode is not entirely accurate, and this instance was a dramatization to make the episode more interesting.

So if you have considered all the consequences of getting a tattoo, then you should remember to make sure that the place you are going to is very clean, and that no needles are reused. Nowadays it is not common to find a tattoo artist who reuses needles, but still be careful because those people are out there.

Please keep in mind that I am not saying that tattoos are bad, or that they should be banned. I am only explaining to you some things to consider before getting a tattoo based on what I have seen and experienced in my life thus far. But if you are getting a tattoo just because you want it, then please take into consideration what I have explained in this article. 

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  1. I think the MRI thing on House was more than a little embellished. I am heavily tattooed and have yet to experience ‘magnetic difficulties’.

  2. Actually, you are right. I must have missed that. I had originally intended to say it was not of much concern nowadays. I submitted the wrong copy of this article. I will correct it.

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