The largest organ in the complex human body is the skin. Some people choose to express themselves through decorating their skin with tattoos, piercings and other forms of body art. Body piercing and tattoo are one of the oldest and most interesting forms of body alteration, yet the reasons for piercing and tattooing the body differ as the cultures they originate from. Throughout history these two forms of body art have been exercised extensively by numerous cultures for many centuries. They were often associated with royalty and signified braveness and strength.
The art of tattooing involves injecting the skin with a permanent dye or ink. Agile and repeated injections are needed to create a particular design for each tattoo. Injections of the ink are deep, reaching below the epidermis, which is continually shed, and into the dermis layer. The majority of tattoo artists use an electrically powered, vertical, vibrating instrument to inject the tattoo pigment. The area which has been tattooed should be kept clean and moisturized until the tattoo has been completely healed. When it comes to tattoo removal there are several methods involved. The factors affecting the effectiveness of the removal depend on the size and the location, colours of the pigment, your healing process and how long the tattoo has been on the skin.
Body piercing involves the rupturing of an area on the body so that a piece of decorative jewellery can be inserted and worn. Nearly every body part can be pierced but it is always vital to take into account your personal anatomy prior to getting pierced. Radical piercings have attracted recent popularity and are implemented on body parts other than the earlobe. Piercings are able to stretch and enlarge over time by increasing the gauge, or size, of the piercing needle and jewellery.
Did You Know ?
Both pirates and sailors felt that an ear piercing would improve their sight
“Iguana tattoo by Hiram Cordero, Tattoo 506, San Jose, Costa Rica” used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kradlum/1790979809/
“Piercing stare” used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license: http://www.flickr.com/photos/priki/2562846733/