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A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.

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Ancient pagan ritual of self scarring

  • Jun 26, 2010

Many people think tattoos are fun or cool. They are actually neither. I am not judging anyone that has tattoos, believe me, I have considered it a time or two. I am thankful that I have never done it. I have enough scars to prove that I have lived, they were earned.
Let's start with the basic physical problem of tattoos. When you cut open your skin you are damaging the largest organ on your body that protects your insides. A variety of dangerous bacteria lives on top of your skin, and can enter your blood stream. When the bacteria enters your blood stream you can poison your blood and end up with a condition by the name of "sepsis".  Most people have a good enough immune system to fight sepsis off, but not everyone does.  If you are a person that follows the Judeo-Christian bible this practice should not be done because it would fall under the category of "tempting God".  You are, in essence, injuring yourself with the idea that you should be healed because you think what you are doing is right.
Next we look at the psychological issues involved with skin scarring.  Most people that have tattoos will admit that it is addictive. They will also tell you that they get a sort of "high" from the process. The high ranges from a temporary joy from the thrill of doing something different to the opposite spectrum, the erotic pleasure some derive from pain, and every where in between. If you examine these issues, you will automatically realize that the process is not something we should be doing.
Finally I would like to suggest an alternative "high".  Take the money you spend on tattoos and use it to do things for the good of humanity. Take the time you spend and volunteer with people who need you.  There are so many people in this world that need you!

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A tattoo is a marking made by inserting dark, indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin  to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. Tattoos on humans are a type of decorative body modification, while tattoos on animals are most commonly used for identification or branding. The term "tattoo" or from Tahiti, "Tatau" is first referenced by Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Cook's ship the "Endeavour" in 1769 where he mentions it in his journal. To paraphrase. he states, "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition".

Tattooing has been practised for centuries worldwide. The Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, traditionally wore facial tattoos. Today one can find Berbers of Tamazgha (North Africa), Māori of New Zealand, Arabic people in East-Turkey and Atayal of Taiwan with facial tattoos. Tattooing was widespread among Polynesian peoples and among certain tribal groups in the Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Mentawai Islands, Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, Europe, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand and Micronesia. Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the art continues to be popular in many parts of the world.

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