There are many reasons to get a tattoo. You may want to express yourself through colourful pigments, or would like to honour someone you love through a unique tattoo design. You may also want to get body ink to show your faith in a religious belief. Whatever your reason, you should “think before you ink”—or you’ll end up regretting ever marking your skin.
Tattoo’s Rich History
Tattoos come from a rich cultural history, which dates back 5000 years ago. The earliest record was found in 1991 on the frozen remains of the Copper Age iceman, whom scientists named “Otzi.”Otzi’s lower back, knees, ankles, and foot were marked by a series of small lines, made by rubbing powdered charcoal into vertical cuts of skin. The discovery of Otzi marked the start of the popularity of tattoos. Body inks became most popular in the 21st century with the invention of tattoo machines and supplies.
Australia’s Tattoo Statistics
According to reports, 25 percent of people under 30 around the world are inking their skin. In Australia, more than a quarter of young Aussies have a tattoo, making the country one of the “most tattooed nations” in the world. A study published in 2012 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council suggests that 29 percent of women and 22 percent of men aged 20-29 have at least one tattoo on their body.
The Rise of the Tattoo Removal Services
As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, however, so too does the number of people who want their body inks removed. Statistics suggest that 34 percent of Australians who have a tattoo regret ever getting it and are planning to remove it.
The same is true in the United States where almost half of those who wear body ink have considered different laser tattoo removal services. Laser tattoo removal is a booming industry in Australia. Clinics offering removal services can be seen everywhere, with different advertisements on the web.
A Word of Warning
The tattoo removal industry remains unregulated, which is why consumer watchdog Choice warns consumers suggests visiting accredited clinics with experienced and industry registered clinicians for a tattoo removal service.
Tattoos can be a great a great symbol of youth, self-expression, and devotion. As they are meant to be permanent, however, it’s important to think your decision through before getting inked. The cost of removing a tattoo is more than the price of getting one.