A small Om on men’s hands/arms or three dots on ladies’ chins are common marks seen on the skin of our elderly grand parents. These marks called “tattoos” are now gaining skyrocket popularity among the people, especially youth. Just to add some oomph to their lifestyle, masses get themselves etched ignorant about the place and person who is inking them.
Aman Devrani a professional tattooist from Manali, said, “In Himachal we see numerous folks getting themselves tattooed by tattoo-hawkers present in the melas. I remember once I had been to a nearby mela where I asked a tattoo-hawker sitting on the side for a tattoo, he told me a very cheap price and said that he’ll be using fresh needles as a safety measure. When I saw him working on a guy, I found that he did change the needles but ink, gloves, etc. were same. There was no proper sterilisation of the equipments and even the ink used was not of a good quality. This scene of severe health risk sent a chill down my spine!”
It’s sad to know that people are deliberately inviting hazardous infectious diseases to attack them from unsafe methods of tattooing. Many folks are unaware that they can be infected by surface infections of the skin, herpes simplex virus, fungal infections, hepatitis-c, staphylococcus aureus (infected tattoo), and HIV/ AIDS via the use of unseterilized equipments. This is not the end, use of FDA unapproved ink can also result to worst nightmare of allergy.
“Make sure the Inks are branded like Starbrite, Kurosumi and Intenze to name a few and not some cheap quality. See the place yourself and make sure it’s clean and hygienic. Do a lot of research before you tattoo anywhere,” says Lokesh Verma owner of Devil’s Tattooz, New Delhi.
Though, in recent years tattoo industry is gaining great popularity in India. However, the history of tattoos began over 5000 years ago and is as diverse as the people who wear them. It is believed that the word tattoo is derived from two Polynesian words – ‘ta’ meaning striking something and ‘tatau’ which means to mark something.
No wonder tattoos are a new way of expressing oneself and the best expression can be made with good designs and nice colours deep soaked into your skin. For all those playboys temporary tattoo like that of Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Kareena’ can be an option to show their mock-eternal love. Anyways, this is a kind of tattoo to satisfy your desire for a tattoo without permanence. A latest and hottest trend of tattoo art is “Black Light Tattoos” that are almost invisible in daylight but show in great detail in darkness. Though, black light tattoos are more expensive and take longer to ink.
Finally, click here to find some helpful tips to save your precious tattoos from fading.
Recently Kat Von Dannounced that she is no longer the Guinness World Record Holder as Oliver Peck, her ex-husband, has set a new record of doing 415 tattoos in 24 hours. Last year in December Kat had done 400 tattoos in 24 hours to set a record of “Most Tattoos in 24 Hours”.
On Myspace she said,
“Oliver, is owner of Elm Street Tattoo, in Dallas, Texas. He is also my ex husband. We were married for 3 years, and unfortunately parted ways about a year ago or so. But that’s where the idea to set this world record originally came from. See, back in 1999 (on Friday the 13th), Oliver set out to set the record for that title, and did 320 tattoos in 24 hours, but didn’t go through the proper channels to make it official, so come December of last year, I ended up setting that record (after asking Oliver)… Even though we haven’t really spoken after the divorce, I am happy to say how proud I am of him for kicking ass!”
There is no doubt about the excellence of Oliver as a tattooist and he has proved it again by this Guinness Record.
Brian Thrasher from California, USA is a hard core skater, who has inked the art of Jim Phillips, the screaming hand, on his palm by Zombie Tattoo in Norco Ca.
Being a skateboarding aficionado his fingers wears “sk8 or die” tattoo.
However, palm tattoo is not common because of its least durability. You’ll have to try hard to find out tattooed palms. There are several reasons behind its paucity — it’s painful, prone to diseases and fall out faster because the skin on your hands regenerates faster than other body parts.
When asked about his palm tattoo, he said, “Yes it has faded but it still is pretty good for a palm tattoo I have a touch up session planned soon.”
So, all you people out there if ever you had thought for a new place to etch your skin, it can be your hand with much pain and less colorful life but most unusual placement! 🙂
Where many therapies might prove fatal to cure severe depression, acupuncture appears as an exception in curing severe depression of the people.
A new study made in Sydney has found a marked improvement in a group of people with medicated depression who were treated with traditional Chinese needle therapy for two months.
Kirk Wilson, a researcher at the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney, said:
“What we’ve managed to show is that acupuncture can be a powerful aid to use alongside anti-depressants to help these people…We’re using acupuncture to regulate the energy flow, release pressure and allow everything to move more freely.”
However, western medical practitioners are still skeptical and says that there was no proof the treatment continued to work over time.