10 Facts About Tattoos We Bet You Didn’t Know
Tattoos have a long and fascinating history, dating back thousands of years to ancient civilizations like the Maoris of New Zealand or the Celts in Europe. While they have evolved greatly over time, tattoos continue to be popular worldwide today, with millions of people getting inked yearly. But how much do you really know about tattoos?
Here are 10 facts we bet you didn’t know:
1. Tattoos are more than skin deep.
Contrary to what you might think, getting a tattoo isn’t simply about applying ink to your skin. In fact, the process actually goes much deeper than that. To create a tattoo, a needle is used to inject ink into the dermal layer of your skin, which lies below the epidermis.
2. Tattoos aren’t permanent – but they come close.
Contrary to popular belief, tattoos are not completely permanent: they fade over time and may need periodic touch-ups to stay vivid and crisp. However, this can take years – decades, even. That’s why getting a tattoo is often considered one of the biggest commitments you can make.
3. Tattoos weren’t always for aesthetic purposes.
While tattoos are very popular today as an expression of beauty and style, that hasn’t always been the case. In many ancient cultures, tattoos were worn for practical reasons: as a form of protection, to signify social status or achievements, or even to show that you were part of a certain group.
4. Tattoos have been around for thousands of years.
The oldest tattoo ever discovered dates back more than 5,000 years to the Neolithic era in Central Europe. Tattoos have been found on mummies dating back to ancient Egypt, and there is even evidence that some of the earliest American explorers – like Captain James Cook – had tattoos.
5. There are many different types of tattoos.
Tattoos can come in any shape or size, but they generally fall into one of two main categories: amateur or professional. Amateur tattoos are typically done privately, using homemade equipment and low-quality ink. On the other hand, professional tattoos are created by trained artists with higher-quality materials.
6. Tattoos can be painful to get – but not unbearable.
While some people might assume that getting a tattoo hurts a lot, that’s not always the case. In fact, for many people – especially those with a high pain tolerance – getting a tattoo is tolerable or pleasant. However, some places on the body have more nerve endings and can be extremely painful to get tattooed.
7. Tattoos can be a serious health risk.
While getting a tattoo is generally safe, it’s important to know that some risks are involved. For example, if the skin isn’t properly cleaned or the equipment isn’t sterilized properly, it can lead to infection and other serious health issues.
8. A tattoo can cost anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollars.
Tattoos can range in price dramatically, depending on the complexity and size of the design you want. Generally speaking, the cost goes up with the number of colors in your tattoo and its overall size. However, there are some exceptions: for example, a small black-and-grey tattoo might be slightly less expensive than an elaborate-colored one.
9. Tattoos aren’t just for humans anymore.
While tattoos are traditionally worn by humans, they can also be seen on animals like dogs and cats. These tattoos are often used to identify animals that have been lost or rescued or to help them get adopted.
10. You can cover up a tattoo – but it’s not easy.
If you regret your tattoo or want to try something different, it is technically possible to cover the design with another one. However, doing so can be difficult and may require multiple layers of ink or a cover-up tattoo. Because of this, it’s often better to carefully consider your original design before getting inked.
There are many interesting things to know about tattoos – from the history and meaning behind them to their practical uses today. Whether you’re thinking about getting a tattoo or simply want to learn more about this popular form of body art, DH Tattooing is here to help! So what are you waiting for? Book your FREE tattoo consult appointment. We can’t wait to work with you!