There are a number of tattoo kits available in the market which claim that nothing more than the kit is required for the purpose of creating a tattoo. But how much truth there is in it is really the question. Overtly it may seem that a kit solves problems of the high risk of contamination and exposure. However, it is important to realize that apart from needles and tubes there are a number of other factors responsible for spreading the disease.

There have been a number of cases across the US and South America where young adults have died due to cross contamination. It is very easy to ignore the minute details that underlie this whole argument. Needles and tubes are exposed to a lot of bacteria and infections which get transmitted to the skin of the person in question. It happens in such a way that you will not even realize it.

Medical professionals do not recommend the tattoo kits at all. Self administration can be very dangerous. The companies making the kits do not seem very interested in the welfare of the people since they fail to take into account the detriments of the whole situation. It is high time that we as people and as responsible citizens raise our voices against it. If the people stop using it realizing the potential harm it can cause to the body, the manufacturers will withdraw it form the market. A lot of research is still underway with regards to what about the needles and tubes which are potentially dangerous and why an autoclave is so absolutely necessary.

It is important to realize that though getting a tattoo is an extremely enjoyable experience we need to make sure that it is also healthy for the body in the long run. Being aware is very important. Acting on the awareness is the next important step.
Whilst a permanent tattoo may be your first choice precisely because it is much cooler and because it looks more authentic and hip, the area of temporary tattoos is not far lagging behind. Today a number of temporary tattoos carved out of a simple ballpoint pen bear a striking resemblance to the more elaborate and elegant looking permanent tattoo.

The quality of permanent style tattoos is much better. It lasts for a long period of time. On the other hand, many temporary tattoos are of an extremely poor quality which tends to leave marks on the skin after removal.

Temporary style tattoos fade away very easily in case of exposure to sun or to water. On the other hand, once a permanent tattoo is healed you can be sure it is going to last for a considerable period of time.

Temporary tattoos are cheaper to get and are usually made by using simple tools like a ballpoint pen, airbrush, stick-on tattoo or henna. Permanent tattoos, on the other hand are made by using modern sophisticated tattoo machines.

There is no age barrier to get a temporary one made. In case of a permanent one, you need to be of a certain age, fulfill a few formalities and only then you are allowed to get a tattoo made.

In the long run, if your interest in tattoos wears off, you simply have to discontinue the usage. Permanent tattoos make that nearly impossible. After a few months or years of getting a tattoo you may find yourself stuck and regret the choice you have made. Moreover, if and when the part of the skin where the tattoo is made loses its elasticity, it appears particularly bad and ugly.

Thus both temporary tattoos and permanent tattoos have a considerable number of upsides and downsides. You need to weigh your needs and desires and choose what suites you best.



Tattoos and body piercing is increasing amongst the youth of today. Three are a number of reasons why a tattoo may be made ranging from fancy body modification to stating a social statement. It is usually done by a tattoo artist who inserts an ink into the skin layers to change the pigment. It is not uncommon to tattoo animals as well for reasons of identification and labeling a brand. The art of tattooing has prevailed since time immemorial. Only its forms and purposes have changed. Facial tattoos were very common amongst tribes in Japan while body tattoos have always been a Eurasian thing. It is a tradition of the indigenous people in many parts of the world.

Today the purpose of a tattoo may have changed. But this is not to discount the fact that it has had a distinct significance in history and continues to do so even today. Many tattoos bear religious and status symbols. They are a sign of power and valor. They can be a mark of love or sexual desire. People have used memorial tattoos both for the dead of a loved one or for longing of a loved one.

In Germany, during the Nazi regime, the concentration camps had distinct tattooed numbers on the hands of Jews as it served as a means of identification. Today a number of tattoos are made to object a certain social custom or scenario. For example, a bar code tattoo is worn by someone who is against consumerism.

Colored tattoos are making a mark in the fashion industry and are currently in vogue. Thus even though the purpose and the meaning of a tattoo may have undergone a change over a period of time, its relevance and its significance remains unabated. Its popularity dictates the fact that this form of body modification art is here to stay.



Upsides of Temporary Tattoos

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As the name suggests a temporary tattoo is one that lasts for a relatively short period of time. The tools used for making a temporary tattoo are very simple and do not require any complex usage. The best part of a tattoo that's temporary is that it lasts for a short period of time. Thus you can easily get rid of it once the attraction wears off. Moreover, you can try many from the available pool of styles and designs.

A temporary tattoo is not very expensive and you can afford to have more than one or two at the same them. Most often, there is little or no pain involved in getting a temporary one made. Since there are no age bars for a temporary tattoo, even children can engage in and enjoy this fun art. Moreover, they do not have any secondary or side effects. Some tattoos which are of an extremely poor quality may cause rashes on the skin etc. In such a case you can simply wash the tattoo off which involves only using a mild soap and water.

Temporary ones do not require any experienced or professional tattoo artists. You can do it on your own itself. In fact today, temporary tattoos have come very close to resembling the permanent tattoo exactly. The look and feel of a few temporary tattoos is very close to that made by a permanent one. Thus you have little pain and more gain.

Even in terms of money, temporary ones are extremely cheap. Moreover, you do not need any numbing lotion or injection. Once the tattoo is applied you need not care about any infection or allergic reactions affecting your tattoo.

Thus a tattoo that's temporary is a better bargain for all those who are not so serious and not so sure about getting a tattoo made and wish to experience it or the fun of it.


Tattoo art has been around for thousands of years. Humans have been associated with body art since times unknown. Tattooing techniques are largely divided based on the geographies. Almost every region has its own way of drawing tattoos. The tattoo art of a region has influences of culture and ethos of the area. Whatever the techniques are, you always end up with a design marked on your body.

Western technique is to use an electrical machine for tattooing practices. The machine was invented in late 1800's. It has undergone very few changes since then. The machine pushes a needle to and fro to puncture holes in the skin. A tube system in the machine is used to insert the ink pigment into these holes.

Japanese technique of tattooing owes its attributes to the traditional tattooing practices of the country. You will be surprised to know that this technique uses meticulously arranged bamboo handles to draw a tattoo by hand. These handles carry the needles required and overall working is similar to an electric machine used for tattooing.

Pacific culture has given the world Samoan technique of tattooing. Hand tools made up of wood are used in this technique. Combination of a rake and stick is used to puncture holes as well as to insert ink. Movements of the rake are used to create designs on the skin. Taut skin is necessary during the tattooing practice.

A tool, almost identical to the one used in western technique is used in ancient Thai technique. A pointed rod capable of sliding to and fro is used to puncture holes. A brass tube of sufficient length is also attached to it. A tattoo artist performing a Thai technique uses one hand to hold the skin tout and other to pierce the skin after dipping the pointed rod in the ink.