You Might Want to Read This Before Getting Inked

You Might Want to Read This Before Getting Inked

If getting inked is on the horizon or if you’ve already spent some time in the chair, you might be interested in this latest bit of research.

More than one in 20 people who get a tattoo experience complications including infection and swelling, according to the study by researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Centre and published in the journal Contact Dermatitis.

For the study, researchers looked at data from surveys of around 300 adults, ranging in age from 18 to 69, in New York from 2013. The majority of the respondents reported having no more than five tattoos, with the arm being the most popular location for tattoos.

The researchers found that as many as six percent of those interviewed reported experiencing some form of related rash, severe itching or swelling after getting a tattoo that lasted longer than four months, and even up to many years for some.

Another finding from their study was that as many as 10 percent of people experienced short-term complications such as a delay in healing, pain, swelling, and infection within weeks of getting tattooed.

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  • First off, 300 people is such a small sample size, considering a large size city will have at least that many customers within a weeks time. More comprehensive research is needed. When you say that “as many as six percent (experienced complications)” you neglect to point out that equals 18 people. 18 people getting infected after a tattoo is hardly statistically significant.

    Secondly, I find that many people simply do not take care of their tattoos. I myself only have three, but I am fastidious in the aftercare of the tattoo, and have never had any complications, serious or not. It is easy to take care of a tattoo, and those who get infected are simply not listening to their artist’s advice.

    Third, as I said in my second point, a lot of people disregard proper aftercare, and they still don’t get infected. This article needs some work.


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