Ink On Your Mind: Can Getting Tattooed Become An Addiction?
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Ink On Your Mind: Can Getting Tattooed Become An Addiction?

If you ask any person with multiple tattoos, they'll attest to the fact that they couldn't just stop at one. That begs the question: are people with multiple tattoos addicted to getting inked? 

Having a heavily tattooed body was something that people viewed as being a part of a counterculture. Even though tattooing has been a part of our historical existence, it was seen as something that was unlawful and taboo. But if you ask any person with multiple tattoos, they'll attest to the fact that they couldn't just stop at one. That begs the question: are people with multiple tattoos addicted to getting inked? 

 



 

 

Addiction is defined as the repeated involvement of an activity or substance, despite the substantial harm that can cause, due to the fact that the addict feels pleasured and valued. But with tattoos, the whole game changes because there is an ambiguity that comes with getting inked. There are many reasons why tattoos can become addictive.

 



 

 

Here are a couple of reasons as to why tattoos can be addictive:

1. An addiction to storytelling

 



 

 

Tattoos often tell a story. There have been many instances when people have decided to get inked with different chapters of their lives. Man has always been expressive of his innermost thoughts, and many people resort to art as a form of therapy and storytelling which can turn out to be an addictive way to vent. 

2. Wanting a rush of adrenaline

 



 

 

When we get tattooed, our body releases adrenaline to cope with the pain that we feel. Adrenaline prompts our heart to beat faster and this natural puts us in a fight-or-flight mode. Our senses also get heightened, and our risk-taking ability goes up. That can trigger a want for more tattoos as well. 

3. A tool to feel emotion 

 



 

 

People sometimes inflict pain on themselves to make an experience feel sharper and more meaningful. In some cases, they resort to pain to feel. Tattoos are a painful process, and that pain can become addictive because of the consequences (release of adrenaline, endorphins).  

4. Wanting a kick of endorphins

 



 

 

Post tattooing, the body releases endorphins, which are happy hormones. These hormones are a natural pain and stress reliever, which can instantly relax and anxious mind. Endorphins react with our brains the same way morphine and cocaine react with it, which also reduces the perception of pain. 

5. The feeling of achievement

 



 

 

Tattoos are a rite of passage in many cultures. For a person who is addicted to tattoos, they can act as markers for achievement. Many ancient traditions involved getting inked for an important achievement in their lives, something that needs to be remembered and not forgotten. Tattoos serve as a memory of their achievements. 

6. A mark of significance

 



 

 

 According to a survey, the average age at which people get tattoos is between 18-21. This significant period marks an age that is on the threshold of adulthood. The risky behavior can carry over to their adult lives, which can have a lasting impact on how they deal with their environment.

7. A need to be unique

 



 

 

In many cases, people who love collecting tattoos enjoy doing so to collect art. As art is an ever-evolving concept, there can be countless types of tattoos that a tattoo collector gets. This adds to their uniqueness, making them literally, one of a kind. It's a concept that everyone in the world is chasing after, and tattoos allow some people to do exactly that.

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