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A tattoo is a marking made by inserting 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. Tattooing has been practiced for centuries worldwide and the art continues to be popular in many parts of the world.

Types of tattoos

There are many types of tattoos:

● Professional Tattoos

● Cosmetic Tattoos also known as "permanent makeup". Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids.

● Traumatic Tattoos also called “natural tattoos”, that result from injuries.

● Amateur Tattoos such as those applied in prisons.

● Temporary Tattoos that are popular with models and children as they involve no permanent alteration of the skin but produce a similar appearance that can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

Health risks

Because it requires breaking the skin barrier, tattooing may carry health risks, including infection and allergic reactions. Modern tattooists reduce such risks by following universal precautions, working with single-use items, and sterilizing their equipment after each use. In amateur tattoos there is an elevated risk of infection. Infections can be transmitted by the use of unsterilized tattoo equipment or contaminated ink.

Tattoo removal

While tattoos are considered permanent, it is sometimes possible to remove them with laser treatments, fully or partially. Typically, black and darker colored inks can be removed more completely. The expense and pain of removing tattoos will typically be greater than the expense and pain of applying


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