Why Buffy should get a tattoo

Bradley Chubb, Marina Rivers, Kiersten Caliaro

The Tattooing Process and how it Affects the Skin

Tattoos are a series of puncture wounds filled with ink. The process is done with an electric machine that injects ink into the skin. The gun vibrates the tattoo needle up and down several thousand times per minute, depositing small amounts of ink into the skin at a depth of about one millimeter, the needle pushes through the first layer of skin called the epidermis, and deposits the ink into the lower layer of skin called the dermis. Tattoos are created by first outlining the design, cleaning the area , and then filling in with shading and color if necessary. After the tattoo is completed, the affected area is cleaned and bandaged until the bleeding has stopped, then the tattoo is exposed to allow it to heal.

Heath and Aging of Tattoos

Because tattooing creates a temporary open wound from the puncture marks, it is open to infection and diseases. These can be caused due to unsterilized equipment, contaminated needles can transmit diseases such as hepatitis. It is very important that the wound remains clean until it is properly healed. As you get older your skin changes, which can affect the look of your tattoo. Your skin will eventually change shape, composition and elasticity, this can cause the tatttoo to sag and change shape. The ink also appears to fade over time, this is because the ink seeps into the third layer of the skin making it less visible.