Tattoos were once a taboo with potential religious, communal, and cultural consequences but have now gained mainstream adoption representing fashion and trends statement all over the world.
According to the Nielsen poll, one in five Americans has a tattoo, while other publications put it at a record above 40% for American adults with over 20,000 tattoo parlours in America that are growing by one every day.
For Canada, Ireland and UK, the percentage of adults wearing tattoos are 38%, 36% and 29% respectively.
Nature of Tattoos
Tattoos is a form of body modification through puncturing of the skin with needles and inserting ink, dyes, and pigments into the deep layer of the skin called the dermis.
Tattoos are either permanent (indelible) or temporary. They can be decorative, symbolic, pictorial or for animal identification.
Where can you have a tattoo on your body?
Tattoos have found its place to virtually every part of the human body, research has revealed that more women are getting inked than men.
The most popular touch point of inking for women are upper back or lower neck, inner wrist, fingertips, inner fingers, ankles, shoulder, lower back and more.
And nowadays, ladies are also getting inked on or in between their breasts.
Breast inking is getting popular day by day particularly with the celebrities sporting them creatively.
The increasing inclination for breast tattoos by young women is because it offers a distinctive combination of personal preference in design with the unique size and shape of the female breasts.
It also offers a creative recovery for women who have undergone mastectomies and breast reconstruction surgeries by allowing women to have more confidence and take control of the appearance of their breast.
Types of Breast Tattoos
Floral Tattoo Design on Breast: The design depicts flower shape since flowers are very feminine.
Inscriptions Around Breast: This is a design for women who may have something special in mind to write.
And since this is a private part of the body for getting inked, you get to select your audience for viewing your special tattoos.
Flying Birds Tattoo On Breast: A design of birds flying in or out of a cage may also be inked on the breasts.
Stars Tattoo Under Breast: This is an inscription of the star or any other stellar bodies.
Name Tattoo On Breast: Some women have names for each of their breasts. You could ink the names on your breasts too.
Under Breast Tattoo: Inscription of names and designs could also go under the breast. It is mostly for a memorial in the form of quotes and name of loved ones.
In-Between Breast Tattoo: This position is for people who are trying to add a lot of glamour and glitz to their features. Tattoos are most often placed strategically in this position for specific purposes.
There are actually a thousand and one ways to design and place tattoos on the breasts. Aside from the ones mentioned above, we have full- covered breasts tattoos on ladies breasts, varying artistic pattern design and also choice designs for ladies desiring attractive finishing to their mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
When to get Breast Tattoos?
The best period to get a breast tattoo is winter. During the summer, excessive sun exposure, chlorine and sweaty friction can negatively affect how your new tattoo turns out.
Tattoos underneath your boobs or under-boobs tattoos are sensitive, intimate and easily covered by your clothes except you choose otherwise.
The aftercare of breast tattoos from skin, bra and cloth friction is very important depending on the shape and size; personalized care is key either your boobs are small, round, and perky or hang low with a bit more weight.
Downside effect of Breast Tattoos
The breast is private to the female folks and every part of it is not the same in structure, this requires selection of who does the tattooing to limit pain and infection. For example, tattooing the sternum is harder and could be painful to do; technically speaking, and therefore tattoo artists usually charge a higher hourly rate or take longer to complete a sternum tattoo.
Breast tattooing exposes your nakedness to the artist, you’re going to get very intimate with your artist, whether you like it or not.
Wearing a bra during your tattoo is a NO and you won’t be comfortable in one for a week or so thereafter.
More laundering for you since your bed sheets, nightgowns and clothes are at risk of staining until the inking and bloody parts gets healed and dried.
You won’t be able to maintain just any posture to sit or sleep while your tattoo heals.
You won’t be able to show off your underboob tattoo at the beach or the pool for sometimes until healing takes place.
Risks of Tattoos on the human body
Stained lymph nodes
More investigative documentation about skin art in other parts of the world alludes to the fact that inked persons may have stained lymph nodes matching the elements on the pigments on their skin.
The elements of the ink may contain 5-elements that are considered toxic – namely aluminium, chromium, iron, nickel and copper. These elements in the blood system do not augur well for the health of the human body.
According to Mayo Clinic, tattoo dyes have the potential of causing allergic reactions such as an itchy rash in individuals – especially from the red, yellow, green and blue dyes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that the reactions can be mild (in the case of rashes) or you could develop a fever – and the rash could persist because the ink is permanent. However, it warns that “more aggressive infections” can lead to high fevers, shaking, chills and sweating.
Treating these serious infections could involve antibiotics and hospitalization (as well as surgery) could be required. If you get sick after getting a tattoo, you should call your healthcare provider and also notify the tattoo artist to identify the ink and avoid using it again.
Insist that your tattoo parlour uses sterile needles and has generally good health practices. This will help in forestalling infectious diseases due to poor health practices by majorly individual tattoo shops that don’t follow proper guidelines.
According to Healthline.com, using contaminated needles to imprint tattoos can lead to a number of diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, as well as tetanus (it’s recommended you don’t get a tattoo if you’re pregnant).
In even worst scenarios, an individual could end up with HIV that attacks the immune system and can develop into life-threatening AIDS if left untreated.
Interference with Medical Imaging
The inked spot on the breast or body could impinge on the clarity of medical imaging procedures. It has been reported (FDA) in some cases that, patients with tattoos may experience temporary swelling and burning in the inked area when they undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for medical purposes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
You should let your medical care professional know before an MRI is ordered.
Removal Can Cause Scarring
Removal of unwanted tattoos when your persuasion or ideology changes about it may not be all that easy. It is often a difficult task particularly if you have a permanent pattern.
Religious dimension to Tattoos
The increasing social acceptability and normalization of tattoos within our culture in the last two decades have stoked argument among religious people and biblical scholars within the context of what the Bible says about tattoos in Leviticus 19:28 which reads: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.”
While some scholars outrightly condemn tattoos other liberal voices are of a lesser condemnation. Professor Will Honeycutt of Liberty University wrote at Crosswalk.com, that injecting ink underneath the skin to make pictures is materially different from the kinds of tattoos referred to in the Old Testament.
The passage in Leviticus 19:28, he said, is literally translated “And a cutting for the dead you will not make in your flesh, and writing marks you will not make on you; I am the Lord.”
While, Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary Church in Orange County, California enthused some years back that “Anyone getting a tattoo really needs to ask themselves, why am I getting this and what is the meaning of this tattoo? Is the tattoo an expression of witchcraft, idolatry or pagan symbolism?”.
FDA has received reports of negative responses to tattoo inks immediately after the tattoo and some years later, removal of tattoos may also come with permanent scarring.
Pigments used in tattoo ink have not definitively been linked to causing cancer. However, some harmful metals or toxins could be present in them. Since the long-term effects of such materials haven’t been studied, it might be wise to think before you ink.
Tattoos will modify the appearance of your breasts and other parts of the human body where it is applied. It has become an additional source of confidence to patients of mastectomy.
However, care and caution are required in identifying the Tattoo artist, the procedure and your body responses to it.
If you already had a tattoo and you noticed unfamiliar responses of your body to it, I encourage you to seek medical advice.