Over the years, tattoos have evolved from symbols and markings of our conquests to a way of expressing our creative side. Older methods and styles of tattooing have also been improved to accommodate the ever-growing demands of the modern free spirit.
What Is A Tattoo, And How Is It Made?
A tattoo is an ink design inserted into the skin to create a permanent decorative pattern. Here a special type of ink is inserted into the skin through a needle. Tattoos have been used by many cultures throughout history for various purposes ranging from religious to ornamental ones.
Tattoos are produced by injecting colored pigment just below the top constantly changing layer of the skin. The injected pigment then bonds with the skin cells and remains visible through the translucent top layer of the skin. A poorly made tattoo can either spread beyond its edges and lose its definition or fade out completely. The invasive and permanent nature of this processes means that the tattoo artist should be very talented and experienced in the entire process.
Do Tattoos Hurt?
The pain felt during the process can be better described as more of an irritation than pain. How much a tattoo hurts also depends greatly on where it is put. Tattoos that are placed in sensitive areas such as the ankles, spine rib cage or anywhere close to bones tend to hurt slightly more than the ones in fleshier areas do. A simple way to know what parts of your body may be too sensitive for a tattoo can be by performing a pinch test. Simply pinch any area that you feel would be right for your tattoo. The area that hurts the least is your best bet for a good spot.