What happens to the skin?
The needle punctures the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. You see the ink through the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. The ink is actually in the dermis, the second layer of skin. The dermis is more stable than the epidermis, making tattoos permanent.
Are tattoos dangerous to your health?
As long as you get a tattoo from a professional that uses sterile needles, infection is not likely to occur. It is best to check potential allergies from ointments or inks before you get a tattoo. Tattoos can form keloids, harmless scars that grow beyond normal boundaries. The image to the right shows how tattoos can be used to cover a scar.
Most people who want to get rid of tattoos wish to rid their skin of a person, event, or correct typos. As long as you consider your future and know what you really want to have on your body forever, you shouldn't have to remove your tattoo. If you have to remove your tattoo, there are several options: Dermabrasion, Salabrasion, Scarification, Surgical removal, and Camouflaging.