I have never gotten a tattoo unless you count the temporary henna kind, but it looks like I might be in the minority. About 25 percent of 18- to 30-year-olds have been inked, and 65 percent of them are women. If you've always wanted to get your fave butterfly etched onto your ankle, here are some things WebMD wants you to know before anyone puts a needle to your skin.
- Pay the money and go to a shop that has licensed tattoo artists. Since getting a tattoo involves breaking the skin with a metal object and coming into contact with blood, you want to make sure the studio is clean, so there's the lowest risk possible for infection.
- There are serious risks involved, such as contracting life-threatening HIV or hepatitis C from unclean equipment. You could also get other infections including impetigo, MRSA, or cellulitis. It's OK if you don't know what these are, just know you don't want them.
- It's also possible to have an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink, so before getting an enormous fairy imprinted across your back, you probably want to do a small patch test on your skin first.
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The famous among us have a predilection for body art, it appears. Some of them go for conventional symbols or phrases that have meaning, while others seem inspired by something altogether unknowable. Can you match the body art with the celebrity whose heavenly form it graces? Take my quiz and test your wits.
More celebrities than you think have tattoos. Even the innocent-looking ones frequently have hidden ink. Can you guess which star has each of these pieces of body art?
It seems like every celebrity has a couple pieces of body art these days, from Scarlett's scenic vignette to Angelina's ever-growing longitude and latitude coordinates to celebrate the birth of each of her children. Some people, though, rarely show them off, and a lot of celebrities hide their tats on the red carpet and for filming. Take my quiz and see if you can tell whom each of these permanent scribbles belongs on.
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Interestingly enough, 85 percent of the company's customers are women aged 18 to 44. "Tattoos are becoming more common in the workplace and in society," chief executive John Keefe told the Los Angeles Times. "My suspicion is that along with that, the tattoo regret factor will only grow as people get older," he added. Find out more stats when you read more.
It's not very often that we get to see tattoo artist Kat Von D sans ink. The Miami Ink star's makeup line at Sephora includes a Tattoo Concealer ($25) for those times when coverage is desired. Here, Kat demonstrates how the product covers up her multitude of tats, and if you're a fan of Kat's signature makeup look, be sure to check out the how-to here.
In a move that will likely leave you shocked, just shocked, the star-faced teenager has confessed that she made her whole sob story up. Previously, Kimberley Vlaminck claimed that she'd fallen asleep while a tattoo artist inked 56 stars on her face (rather than the three she'd requested). But as details of her story began to wither under scrutiny, Vlaminck revealed the truth.
It's not as though she decided to come clean on her own, though; she inadvertently confessed while being filmed by a hidden camera. "I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them," she said in front of a TV crew. "But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and the that the tattooist had made a mistake."
The tattoo artist in question, Rouslan Toumaniantz, had always maintained that Vlaminck wanted all 56 stars. Threatened with a lawsuit, he maintained his innocence but offered to pay for half the cost of laser tattoo-removal treatment. "Kimberley is unhappy and it is not my wish to have an unsatisfied client," he'd said. Now he's taken that offer off the table, but it remains to be seen whether the star-faced liar will keep the ink.