Tattoos don’t always stay the same way that they originally started out. In some cases, tattoos can end up doing some pretty funky stuff to your skin - and your body
Tattoos, on the surface, can seem so easy to understand. It’s simple: you go to a tattoo parlor, get ink done, and then you heal. Once you’re done healing, you’ve got some cool permanent body art going on. Seems simple enough, right? Well, to a point, yes. What people don’t realize is that tattoos don’t always stay the same way that they originally started out. In some cases, tattoos can end up doing some pretty funky stuff to your skin - and your body. Here are some of the strangest things that can happen to your tattoos.
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They Could Cause An Allergic Reaction: This is your first tattoo - and you’re excited. All of a sudden, you notice it’s itching. Okay, that’s normal. It’s itching a LOT. Uh oh…Within a couple of months, the tattoo is nothing more than a scar that loosely resembles the shape of your ink.
They Can Bleed: Fast forward a week, and you can’t help but notice that the high detail piece you got has now gotten blurry. The week after, it continues to get blurrier…then it finally stays put. What gives?!
They Could Be Cause Of An Outbreak: It looks great for a week. All of a sudden, you start to notice little boils on your ink. Next thing you know, you have to head to the hospital because you’re beginning to run a fever.
They Can Spread Hep C Or HIV, Continued: Obviously, the best way to avoid the contagion of these kinds of sicknesses is to choose a shop that is actually clean and reputable. Needles should never be used twice, and you should be allowed to inspect inks if you so ask.
They Can Also Warp: Let’s say you got a tattoo at 18, but then gained a lot of weight. If you got pregnant, then that means that your tattoo may be permanently stretched if it’s around your stomach. If you got a tattoo when you were a lot heavier, you may notice that your tattoo has shrank.
Your Skin May Raise Up Just A Little, Continued: It’s basically a slight amount of scarring that sometimes happens when the artist in question presses a bit too hard. Thankfully, the color still remains with these kinds of tattoos.
They Could Cause An Allergic Reaction, Continued: Though very rare, some people are allergic to the dyes in tattoo ink. A typical reaction will cause fading color, itching, bumpiness, and then eventually, you will need to get it removed by surgery before it falls off. Ouch.
They Can Bleed, Continued: This is called “bleeding,” and it happens when your skin begins to move the ink into places where it shouldn’t go. To a point, all tattoo ink will spread, but if it’s very spread out, it can quickly turn into a giant greyish blotch on your back. In most cases, this is due to bad tattoo ink or a quirk in your skin.
They Can Fade, Break, Or Disappear: Oh, boy. This is sadly true about a lot of amateur tattooists: their work may fade, break, or disappear. With bad tattooing, bad maintenance, or just plain terrible ink, your tats can fade, break, or even disappear if they were done with light ink.
They Can Also Glow: So, you’re hanging out at a club, and all of a sudden, you wander into a black light room filled with people holding glowsticks. Then, one of your friends points at your new tattoo. It’s glowing, and it almost looks like really well-applied glow paint. What’s going on here?
Lastly, They Can Become A Family Heirloom: One biker actually had his skin tanned like a leather hide so that they could preserve his tattoo after he died. So, if you’re looking for a gruesome family heirloom, this is it. We just suggest you keep things healthy, too.
They Can Spread Hep C Or HIV: There have been occasions that have detailed the spread of HIV, Hep C, and other incurable blood-borne diseases through tattoo needles. In some cases, people have even caught tuberculosis because they decided to get inked abroad. These aren’t just scare stories - they have actually happened.
Your Skin May Raise Up Just A Little: So, you got your first tattoo. It stung, but so far, you don’t seem to notice anything too unusual about it. It’s not infected, but when you touch it, you can’t help but notice that your skin is slightly raised where you have your ink. Everything else seems normal. So, what gives?
They Can Glow, Continued: If you have a tattoo that glows, it’s very likely because you paid a little extra and got UV ink instead of regular ink. With UV ink, your tattoo will glow underneath black light. In some cases, UV ink can actually be invisible in normal daylight.
They Could Be Cause Of An Outbreak: Most tattoo infections happen because of the way that a parlor could dilute ink. If the infection is from Mycobacterium Chelonae, it’s because they diluted the ink with water. In 2013, 49 people have dealt with this kind of outbreak - and 19 of them were in New York. A good way to prevent this is to ask about ink dilution, and what their procedures are.