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Tattoos and Piercings   Tags: body art, body modification, health risks, history, infection, piercings, tattoos  

This guide contains information regarding the history, cultural aspects and health issues of tattoos and body piercings.
Last Updated: Oct 18, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Tattoos and Piercings

Piercings and tattoos are body decorations that go back to ancient times. Body piercing involves making a hole in the skin so that you can insert jewelry. This is often in the earlobe, but can be in other parts of the body. Tattoos are designs on the skin made with needles and colored ink. A permanent tattoo is meant to last forever. Permanent makeup is a type of tattoo.

The health risks of piercings and tattoos include

  • Allergic reactions
  • Keloids, a type of scar that forms during healing
  • Infections, such as hepatitis

To reduce the risks, make sure that the facility is clean, safe and has a good reputation. Proper sterilization of the equipment is important. Be sure to follow the instructions on caring for your skin.

Holes from piercing usually close up if you no longer wear the jewelry. It is possible to remove tattoos, but it's painful and can cause scarring.



Body Modification

What is body modification?:

1.)  any method of permanently adorning the body, including tattooing
       and piercing  (

2.) The act of changing one's body in order to beautify or better it. 

     This can be done through a vast number of things, including, but not limited to: piercings, tattoos, scarification, amputation, and some people may say, even things like hair cuts.  (

The Art and History of Body Modification



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