Anyone who has gone under the gun the get a tattoo probably didn’t consider the health implications.
People are sometimes warned off getting a tattoo due to the social stipulations that still surround them, a tattoo can still stop you from getting a job in certain workplaces.
But you might not know that getting a tattoo might actually make you ill.
The ink used in most tattoo parlours is mostly ‘nonreactive’, meaning that it will not, or should not react at all with the body.
There is a danger, however, that many tattoo artists don’t know the strength or the pigmentation that they are using, not through any fault of their own, they inherently trust what is in the sealed ink containers.
But new research by the University of Bradford using nano technology has shown the potential for some tattoo ink particles to re-model the collagen in your skin, collagen is found in the connective tissue in your body.
The fact that the foreign body that is the ink was found to be able to move freely around the body, and the fact that is was able to change the nature of certain cells is the worrying element.
Cancer cells are created by mutations in cells, which normally occur naturally, but any outside mutations that should not be happening in the body could lead to something more serious.
The study noted:
“We need to do more work, but there is no question that these substances can be toxic. It takes a long time for the multi-step nature of cancer to show its face and I don’t think we should wait to see if there is anything wrong with these ingredients.”
Black tattoo ink was found to be the most problematic due to the fact that it is more likely to be carcinogenic, and may be linked to DNA alterations.