Why Buffy Should Get a Tattoo

By Courtney Manning, Jensen Rivers, and Chelsea Crayton

The Tattoo Process

1. The area of the body you choose to get tattooed is cleaned, usually with rubbing alcohol, then any hair you might have on the area is shaved away with a new disosable razor that is discarded after use. The skin is then cleaned again. 2. Your tattoo design is inserted into a machine that transfers it onto a special thermal paper that is then transferred onto your skin with either soap, water, or even deoderant. 3. The tattoo gun is prepared by placing ink in tiny cups called "ink caps" and removing sterile needles and tubes from their sterile pouches. Clean, distilled water is poured into a cup for cleaning needles and for changing from one color to the next. 4. OIntment is then placed over the transfer to help the needle slide along the skin more smoothly. The first line is then drawn. 5. Once the linework is completed, the shading and/or coloring begins. 6. After the tattoo is complete, it is cleaned well and treated like a wound by applying a layer of ointment and a bandage. 7. Aftercare instructions are then given to you by the tattoo artist to make sure you keep your tattoo looking fresh and free of infection.

Effects on Each Skin Layer

The dermis,  the non deep second layer below the epidermis which is close to the surface of the skin, is where the tattoo goes. The hypodermis is found below the dermis, but never gets reached by the needle.  The majority of the tattoo parlors in our area have a license, along with sterile and stable equipment that will never penetrate that far below the skin.
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Potential Health Risks and Prevention

The process of tattooing can transmit viral infections and diseases such as the hepatitis B, C, and D viruses and the human papillomavirus (HPV). It also suggests the more serious possibility of acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Tattooing also introduces the risk of acquiring vaccinia, a viral infection of cow udders that is transmitted to humans through direct contact. The way to prevent these viral and bacterial infections is by only visiting reputable tattooists.

Potential Future Aesthetic Consequences

Tattoos are permanent, and removal can be very expensive and painful. Some tattoo artists can do a bad job, so make sure you find a reputable place to get your body art done. This can help avoid future disappointment. Tattoos can also fade, stretch, and wrinkle as you age, so you must use proper care to make sure they last. To avoid any of these consequences, take proper care of your tattoo, get it done at a good tattoo shop, and make sure that it is something that you love and will love forever.