Back when tattoos are taboo, people who have them tend to hide them all the time for fear of having judged to be dirty and indecent. In the past, tattooing is a rather unique, one-of-a-kind form of art that, according to some sources, can be traced to the Neolithic period, which starts inking at least 12,000 years old. It’s a universal art kind that is freely practiced in every single ancient civilization globally. 

Humans always shared this desire to create a temporary mark commemorating an important event and, of course, be able to show it off. An ancient Egyptian mummy is estimated 5,000 years old and is on exhibit at the British Museum sports photographs of a Barbary sheep and a bull on its upper right arm. Those are the markings of an elite Egyptian hunter, as killing or even catching a Barbary sheep, acknowledging their speed and climbing skills, was by no means an obvious feat when your only weapon is a predynastic bow and arrow. People who have thought that way think that anyone who has tattoos on their bodies feels that having one is a mortal sin. People who have tattoos believe in it as an art and an expression. 

Tattoos can be seen among people across ages today. Even women have lots of it. The tattoo is no longer quite the symbol of rebellion and subculture it once was. Roughly one in five Americans have one, and that rate is much higher for Millennials than their Boomer counterparts. In today’s time, it is believed that tattoos have become a popular trend in today’s society, with television shows like “Ink Master,” “Tattoo Rescue,” “Ink Master Angels,” and the Facebook web series “Tattoo Shop.” Tattoos have also have gained popularity among athletes and celebrities, and for many of us, they have become a way to share stories and are a form of self-expression. Now, if you lack knowledge about tattoos and you want to get one, here are some facts you may want to consider:

Tattooing is Ancient.

During the “Iceman,” around 5,300 years ago were the earliest evidence of tattoos discovered. A mummy from the area of the Italy-Austria boundary that was located in September 1991– was carbon-dated. Before this discovery, the earliest data of tattoos dated back to 2,000 B.C. — the carbon date for several mummified females with tattoos present on their bodies. This was then, particularly for females.

Tattoos Can be Medicinal

Getting tattooed discharges endorphins — your brain’s natural pain relievers. “After you get a tattoo, notice how you feel emotionally,” Lisa Barretta, author of Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos. “Tattoos can trigger hidden feelings that rise to the surface for release. It either occurs right away or the effects of the shifting energy kick in weeks later.”

Tattoos Can Be Irritating

Skin reactions aren’t all that obvious with tattoos, but they do happen. Not only that, but they can be hard to treat. That’s why it’s best to ask a dermatologist before you get a tattoo.

They Fade

That’s because your skin sheds and regenerates the quickest on your hands and feet. That being said, tattoos in those areas will start to fade in a few years after getting one.

Tattoo Removal is Painful

 Tattoo removal hurts. However, you don’t have to worry about the pain since dermatologists use a numbing medicine that is either a cream or an injectable medication to ease some discomfort during the procedures. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the tattoo in one session, so you need to have multiple appointments with your dermatologist to remove them. They will also prescribe or suggest a scar remover cream or scar removal procedures. 

Tattoos Can Interfere with Medical Testing

The ink from a tattoo can hinder medical tests such as MRIs. It can influence the test results because tattoo pigment in the lymph nodes can look like possible metastatic melanoma. 

Tattoos can be fascinating and important for most people. Tattoos in the human body have their personal meaning. It takes a lot of courage to get one. Gone are the days where people immediately stereotype people based on their appearance.