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Added April 10, 2014

Tattoos For Teenagers

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Marked for life...Should you get a tattoo? 

Whether you think getting a tattoo is a creative celebration of the body or a personal defacement, the most unique way to express your individuality or an obvious signal you're bowing to peer pressure, there's no doubt that body art is on the rise especially for teenagers. Amazingly, tattooing was the country's sixth fastest-growing retail business, after the Internet, paging services, bagel, computer, and cellular phone shops. Whether you view getting branded as a painful, potentially dangerous, sometimes even illegal procedure or an acceptable, bordering on respectable, form of self-expression, there are millions of American teens who agree with you on tattoos for teenagers.


Where fifty years ago most tattoo parlors were found in amusement arcades and pool halls, today they dot suburban strip centers and shopping malls. Fashion magazines and music videos feature tattoos prominently. But before you emulate your favorite rock star, movie actress, or female athlete, BeingGirl believes a few facts will help bolster your opinion about tattoos for teenagers.


Exactly how is a tattoo applied? 

Tattoos are made with an instrument that uses a vibrating needle to insert ink into the skin. A tattoo guna cluster of electrically-powered needles is used to pump ink into the dermis, the skin's middle layer, at speeds up to 3,000 times a minute. The dermis is made up of blood vessels, hair and nerve cells, sweat glands, and a network of protein fibers called collagen, which gives skin its strength. These cells are permanent and stick with you for life, just like the tattoo.


Then what? 

The tattoo ink or pigment starts out as a solid powder. The tattooist mixes the tiny clumps of pigment with a liquid to form a suspension. After dipping the needles in the mixture, the tattooist glides the gun along the skin. As the gun whirls in and out, the needles shoot tiny clumps of pigment into the dermis.


What should you look for if you are considering tattoos for teenagers? 

First, if a place is not clean, walk away. Be aware of amateurs operating in flea markets and fruit stands. Make sure the needles come in sealed packages and are opened in front of you. Each pot of ink should also be fresh. And the tattooist should wear latex gloves.


What can go wrong? 

Okay, here's the important stuffand some of the reasons your parents object. This scary list is not meant to dissuade you, just to make you the most knowledgeable you can be about tattoos for teenagers.

  1. If the tattooist presses the gun against the skin, the needles can pierce the fat or muscle underneath the dermis, leading to scarring or excessive bleeding. If ink penetrates fat, it can spread and look like a permanent bruise.
  2. If the autoclave, a sterilizer that works like a pressure cooker to kill hepatitis B, HIV, and other diseases carried by viruses and bacteria, is not properly maintained, you're at risk of having an infection transferred into your bloodstream.
  3. Some people develop an allergic reaction to tattoo ink that results in a severe rash that might have to be surgically cut out of the skin.


Keep in mind many states ban tattoos for teenagers under eighteen for a reason. There's a famous Norman Rockwell painting of a man tattooing the name Betty on a sailor's arm which had six other names crossed out.


Like smoking and sex, certain decisions demand maturity. Depending on the size and colorblack ink is easier to remove than greenmost tattoos take several expensive, painful laser sessions to remove. It's a serious decision requiring that you think before you ink. 

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Posted March 29, 2014
I actually want a tattoo very badly
Posted September 22, 2013
ill never ever ever get one, yall are my witnesses
Posted April 29, 2013
I might get a tattoo when I'm old enough, but after some forethought on what I want to get that I'll never get bored of or regret. My mom has tattoos, one on her back of a cherry blossom tree and one on her arm of a vine with blossoms like on the tree. It looks really pretty, unlike many tattoos. She actually got hers at a professional, really good place with an experienced artist. Some places are pretty bad, but hers is the opposite.
Posted July 23, 2013
NEVER! Will I ever get a tattoo cause when your older it will look really bad! Plus it would really really bother me to even look in the mirror at it. So I WILL NEVER IN MY WHOLE LIFE GET A TATTOO! Like ever. Plus it would be scary to me
Posted December 02, 2012
unknown annonymus ear piercing do not hurt i have 2 of them i git my first when i was 3 and my second on my 10th birthday
Yelena Zaltana
Yelena Zaltana
Posted May 09, 2013
I am going to see if my friends mom will do it, I think I would trust her more then anyone I dont know :P I am going to get the trinity knot (a form of a celtic knot) next year
Posted September 22, 2012
I pretty sure I will never get tattoos. All of the tattoo parlors seem like places where gangs hang out, plus it's so permanent. And unknown anonymous, getting your ears pierced hurts a little for about 20 minutes after you get them pierced, but they're worth it, just so long as you take good care of them.
unknown annonymus
unknown annonymus
Posted August 12, 2012
i've stayed with the descision all my life to never get a tattoo or pierce my ears. To me, tattoos look kind of disgusting when i see people with them in the showers at our local swimming pool. I would have wanted pierced ears, but it sounds too painful
unknown annonymus
unknown annonymus
Posted August 12, 2012
I agree starfd4 about those airbrush tattoos. I've seen booths at our zoo where you can get an airbrush tattoo of your favorite animal
Posted April 17, 2012
Don't get a tatoo when u r old u r gonna regret it!
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