Thinking about getting inked up? Read this first!
Tattoos aren’t the cultural taboo they used to be… they have gone mainstream.
It’s no longer reserved for burly guys you’d hate to meet on a bad day… military, bikers, wrestlers and the sort. And it’s not all anchors and mom hearts anymore.
Now you’ll see animals, pop culture references, and characters from a foreign language. You’ll see writing in script on a college girl’s wrist. A mental health awareness campaign was centered on a tattoo of a semicolon.
There is even a new ‘watercolor’ trend.
But before you jump on that trend… you might want to know what a study about tattoos turned up.
Tattoos could give you cancer, new research suggests.
Chemicals in tattoo ink travel in the bloodstream and accumulate in the lymph nodes, which may cause them to become swollen and therefore hinder their ability to fight infections, a study found for the first time.
Controversial chemical titanium dioxide, which is added to tattoo ink to create certain colours, even dyes lymph nodes, and has previously been linked to cancer, itching and delayed healing. –DailyMail
You’d never step foot in a shop you suspected of using dirty needles.
But are you so careful with what’s in their ink?
The researchers used powerful X-rays to identify titanium dioxide and heavy metals present in tattooed skin and lymph node tissue samples.
…Study author Bernhard Hesse said: ‘We already knew that pigments from tattoos would travel to the lymph nodes because of visual evidence: the lymph nodes become tinted with the colour of the tattoo. It is the response of the body to clean the site of entrance of the tattoo.
‘What we didn’t know is that they do it in a nano form, which implies that they may not have the same behaviour as the particles at a micro level. And that is the problem: we don’t know how nanoparticles react. –DailyMail
These carcinogenic particles could stay in your lymph nodes for life.