Facts about tattoos

Fifty years ago, tattoos were signs the rebels and social outcasts - bikers, sailors, carnival freaks. But today, the average woman probably has a unicorn butterfly on the ankle or the lower back. Tattoos have been a part of the human experience since the Stone Age, and was attended by almost every culture around the world, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Africans, Native Americans and Polynesians. Here are 10 facts about tattoos: the stigma of tramps and back to the mummies.

1. The legality

Today, the streets of cities such as Boston and New York, teeming with tattoo parlor, but few realize that this is a recent change. Many states have adopted extreme measures to prohibit tattoos in 1960, when an outbreak of hepatitis has reached a critical point. In New York, it was illegal to tattoo between 1961 and 1997, so the artists were forced to move to the cellars. In Massachusetts, tattoos were illegal until 2000 and meant severe penalties, including possible imprisonment. Today, all states allow tattoos, although the rules for minors vary from state to state: some allow children to do the tattoo after parental permission, others are forced to wait up to 18 years, with no exceptions.

2. Hallmarks prostitutes and pregnancy

Even if we ignore the social connotations of so-called "marks prostitutes" remains, at least one of the possible unforeseen troubles for women who want to get a tattoo on the lower back. Some anesthesiologists have expressed concern that epidural anesthesia for pregnant women with tattoos can lead to potential complications in the form of fragments of ink hit in the spinal cord. The risk is very slight, especially for the tattoos, which were made more than a few months ago, but the probability is. Of even greater concern is the message that the iron oxide in the tattooing ink sometimes reacts during MRI and may cause burns.

3. Henna tattoos

For those who have not plucked up the courage to commit to a permanent tattoo, there are alternatives. Young children love temporary tattoos, which are made in vending machines in supermarkets, at carnivals, sidewalks, etc., you probably often seen booths where do henna tattoos. Extracted from plant dye henna has been used for thousands of years for painting hair and uncomplicated designs on the skin. Natural henna first gives a light orange color and darkens to the color of red rust in a few days. When the skin is peeling, gently figure disappears. However, commonly used "henna black" contains synthetic ingredients, especially p-phenylenediamine (PPD). PPD is produced from coal tar and is known to cause a terrible reaction and scarring. Worse, some black henna contains a carcinogenic substance that can cause life-threatening diseases such as leukemia.

4. Macy

Macy Department Store was founded in New York in 1858 and quickly turned into an empire. He made a long journey to the American public consciousness with the help of the annual Thanksgiving Day parade and spectacular fireworks July 4th. Logo store simple and classic: a red star. Few people know that in fact comes from the star tattoos, which the founder of AD Macy worn on the forearm. In his youth, he found a job at Macy's whaling fishing vessel, where he acquired a tattoo along with other sailors. Although in order to popularize AD Macy was shown in 1947 as a Christmas miracle on 34th Street, tattooed owner of a chain of department stores actually died 70 years ago.

5. Urban Legends


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