The articles in this section review the basics of tattooing from skin structure, to ink issues and other fundamentals related to permanent body art.

Tattoo Ink Color Choices

Tattoo Ink Color Choices

What tattoo ink colors are best for my skin tone? What tattoo ink colors are best on dark skin? What colors should I choose for my tattoo? What colors cause the most skin reactions? Which ink colors are hardest to remove? I need tattoo ink selection advice! Tattoo Ink color questions are a very popular…

Tattoo Location Considerations

Where is the best place to put my tattoo? Where should my tattoo go?                                                                                 Tattoo Location Ideas…

Tattoo Information & Article Links

Tattoo Information Listed here are links to articles about the health and social risks of tattoos. It is important to have all of the tattoo information you can have. Some of these articles are favorable and others negative, but read them all!!  Be informed.  There is a lot of information on the internet . . .…

Tattoo problems

Tattoo Problems

Tattoo Problems There are a number of tattoo problems that can occur. One of the problems with sticking yourself a thousand times a minute and injecting, hopefully noninfectious, ink into your skin, is not everyone has the outcome they expect.  Infections with hepatitis, a type of liver infection, antibiotic resistant bacteria, or even HIV/AIDS are…

Red Ink Tattoo

Tattoo Statistics

Tattoo Statistics A Harris Research Poll done in 2015 reviewed tattoo statistics from our current generations.  They looked at tattoos as a cultural phenomenon effecting different generations and organized them by age and whether they had a tattoo or not. The current generation of young adult’s (called  the “Millennials”) adoption of tattoos has been unprecedented in history. Almost half (47%)…

How a Tattoo is done

How a Tattoo is done While the tattooing process is age-old, as technology has advanced, sophisticated machinery has replaced the crude single needle with ink used to tattoo. Basically, skin has two layers, the epidermis which changes and renews with time, and the dermis which never changes.  In the normal body, the epidermis protects the…

Tattoos and Pain

Tattoo Pain Where is the least painful place to put a tattoo? “My new tattoo hurts!” Where is the most painful spot to put a tattoo? If tattoo pain is a consideration, you must remember that any tattoo is painful during the application and healing process. Based on the number of ‘nerve endings’ under your…

Black Tattoo with Needle

Tattoo Contract for Parents and Teens

  Tattoo Contract Simply click on the tattoo contract and send it to your printer.  It’s FREE.  Then sit down with your teen, review the issues surrounding tattoos and other permanent body art on shoulditattoo.com together, and then find out what they think about tattoos, if they know anyone with them, and would they ever consider getting one.…

Tattoos in health class

Tattoos in Health Class Curriculum

Tattoos in Health Class Curriculum With the high number of tattoos in middle and high schools, there is a definite need to add permanent body art education (tattoos and piercings) to every school’s curriculum.  By spending two or more classes reviewing the social and health implications of tattoos and piercings, schools would better prepare their students for later success.…

Tattoos and Hepatitis C

Tattoos and Hepatitis C A recent study published in the medical journal Hepatology, confirms the definite link between tattoos and hepatitis C. This study authored by researchers (Kerrilynn Carney and colleagues) at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York studied almost 2000 patients, and for the first time controlled for IV drug use, blood transfusions, and…