Tattoo Influence and Teens

Kids these days are growing up faster than ever. Cell phones are amongst the most popular accessories of kids as young as ten. But currently, cell phones aren’t the accessory that’s stressing out more and more parents, while tattoos are. Tattoos are being found on more and more teens. Why the obsession with tattoos at such a young age? From Mattel’s, Totally Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie, which may influence children as young as 5, to the newest temporary tattoos, to the most popular celebrity teens flaunting their new ink to our young generation, tattoos are seen everywhere and amongst all age groups of children. One state even started a new law as recent as July 1, 2010 because of the number of teens going to tattoo parlors to be inked.

In 2009, Mattel launched a new Totally Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie. The doll came with temporary tattoos for both the doll and child. It also included a tattoo gun in which the tattoos were to be applied. Many parents were outraged, but others saw the new doll as a sign of the times. Mattel kept the Barbie on the shelf due to the number of sales. Mattel believes the Tattoo Barbie gives young girls a chance to express them selves. Many parents like the idea of their children expressing themselves, but believe it can be in a different form than tattoos, especially the heart tattoo bearing Ken’s name. Tattoos of significant others is the most regretted tattoo later in life. The argument continues on whether these dolls influence children on getting tattoos.

Another large influence on teens and tattoos is the amount of teen celebrities donning their ink. Just last year, at the Teen Choice Awards, which as the name implies, has an audience of mostly 11-17 year olds, a Jonas Brother, a heartthrob amongst young girls, was tattooed on stage by none other than celebrity tattoo artist, Kat Von D. It wasn’t revealed to the viewers at the show or at home that the tattoo was not real. Many parents were again outraged.

While the Jonas Brother tattoo was not real, many teen celebrities do have real tattoos. But not only do they have tattoos, they love to show them off. Of course, the media loves to show and point out celebrity tattoos as well. Justin Bieber, only 16 years old, already has his first tattoo. His family was fully supportive of him getting a tattoo at such a young age. They actually went on to explain the bird tattoo that Justin got was a family tradition. The other family members with the bird tattoo had them inked on their wrists while Justin opted for the lower side of his stomach. Miley Cyrus, 17 years old, already has at least two tattoos. Miley’s family was also completely supportive of her decision to be tattooed before she turned eighteen. Miley was actually with her father who was getting a tattoo when she decided to have “love” tattooed on her ear.

The tattooing of teens is such a large issue that some states have decided to ban tattooing minors under any circumstances. Many states let teens get tattooed with parental consent. However, in Minnesota, starting July 1, 2010, teens will no longer be able to get a tattoo even with parent permission. Minnesota believes that this new law will prevent those teens that feel the need to express them selves through a tattoo without thinking of the later consequences in life that tattoo might bear. Minnesota does not dislike tattoos but the state does believe that a person should be an adult when making the decision to get a tattoo.

Whether influence from a doll, teen celebrity, or another factor, tattoos are on the rise amongst today’s teens. Many teens believe that a tattoo expresses who they are, but they often get tattoos without thinking of the lifelong consequences. Many teens see getting a tattoo as a step in growing up. States like Minnesota agree that tattooing is a decision for an adult to make therefore passing a law stating so. Teens are so easily influenced by their peers and celebrities and the number of teens with tattoos is continuing to increase.

How To Remove Tattoos At Home – Apricot Scrub, Aloe Vera and Other Home Theories

One of the methods to remove tattoos at home that has been rumoured to work is the use of things such as apricot scrub, aloe vera, salt and even sand paper has appeared a number of times. These home methods are ones that people will look into as they are cheap to go through than using other simple methods but do these methods really work or are they just theories?

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is used a lot by people who have gone under laser tattoo removal due to the fact that the water based solution will be able to bring out the broken pigments of ink in the body after the process of getting the laser to break it up.

With removal alone however this method has been said to be very effective for those with newer pieces of ink. The reason for this is that aloe vera is a water based substance and therefore with a new tattoo will trap parts of the ink and make it harder to stay in the skin.

There is sense behind this method however it cannot be said that what will happen will actually work for the full piece, it may just fade away parts of the tattoo.

Apricot Scrub (and Salt)

Some suggestions have been said to go through using apricot scrub and salt as well (acts as an exfoliation).

The salt would act as an abrasion to get through the first layer of skin and then the apricot scrub would do the rest (some people actually mix aloe vera and vitamin old in as well to try and break up the pigments).

One again the best something like this would be able to do is to go and fade parts of the unwanted ink, not the whole thing as effectively as you would like.

Home dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is the method of rubbing the area and peeling away at the skin, for home made methods you would be looking to mix sanding powder into aloe vera and rub this gently on the skin with a pumice stone to break down the skin and ink pigments.

What Method To Choose?

With natural home methods like this what you’re trying to achieve is the act of breaking down the skin layers and the ink pigment in the skin.

Now what you’re going to have to understand is that methods such as this are going to take a lot of time to work and at the same time they might not be as effective as you might be hoping they will be as well.

Variations

There are other methods out there that you can easily do such as tattoo removal creams which actually are proven to work and still will be cheaper than what you would pay for a surgical dermabrasion or undergoing a laser tattoo surgery (even though this is the most popular method that is going around at the moment) these creams are proven to work on breaking the tattoo pigment and fading/removing a tattoo over a course of weeks (or months depending on the size) and best of all you can use it to remove tattoos at home.

Penis Tattoos – 4 Risks That All Men Should Understand

While the idea of a penis tattoo may cause most men to physically cringe, there are some willing to brave the needle on their nether regions. While the process of a penile tattoo is no different than getting one on any other body part, there are potentially serious risks involved. So while it is always a good idea to “think before you ink,” this mantra may be especially true in this scenario. In any case, men considering a penis tattoo need to be aware of the risks and side effects, as well as the best penis care methods post-procedure.

Potential Risk of Penis Tattoos

Infection: As with any tattoo, there is a risk of infection. The actual process of tattooing involves a needle piercing the skin and injecting ink into the body. The risk for infection is, of course, exacerbated by unsanitary conditions and dirty equipment. Tattooing of any kind should always be done by a professional in a clean environment with new, sterile needles.

Skin Damage: A penis tattoo can easily lead to scarring of the delicate skin and underlying connective tissue. Think about the skin on the penis compared to, say, the arm, which is overlying a thick layer of muscle. The skin of the penis is much more fragile in nature and thus, more susceptible to scarring. Individuals who have a history of keloid scarring on other areas of their bodies – scars that are abnormally raised and spread beyond the site of the skin trauma – are well-advised not to get tattoos anywhere, especially on the penis. The act of tattooing is highly likely to cause the raised scar in those individuals, which is not something most men want on their penis.

Permanent Erection: Also known as priaprism, the condition is not as much fun as it may sound. Priaprism occurs when blood is physically unable to exit the penis, causing painful engorgement and potential nerve damage if left untreated. Documented cases of penis tattoos leading to this condition are thought to be caused by a needle penetrating the penis too deeply, creating a fistula in the penis. Not only is this a painful condition that interferes with ones sex life, it is one that likely needs surgical intervention to be treated. While not all penis tattoos lead to priaprism, it is a very real risk, particularly with a tattoo artist who is less experienced with tattooing that specific body part.

Nerve Damage: Even if a needle slip does not cause priaprism to develop, it may still lead to permanent nerve damage in the area. The penis is a veritable roadmap of nerve endings and, unfortunately, a minor slip of the wrist could leave the wearer of the tattoo with unpleasant nerve damage to go with it.

Post-Tattoo Penis Care

There are ways to prevent or reduce unpleasant side effects of a penis tattooing. Be sure to keep the entire area clean while it is healing and always maintain proper hygiene to reduce the risk of infection. Do keep a close eye out for signs of infection and seek medical attention if pain, bleeding, redness, or soreness persists beyond a reasonable period of time.

The success and safety of a tattoo originates with the tattoo artist one chooses, so be sure they are reputable and have an impeccably clean space that they are working in. Needles, of course, should never be reused in order to prevent the transmission of blood-born illnesses such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. It is also prudent to ask the artist if they have completed penile tattoos in the past, and ask to see photos of the work.

Once the penis has returned to its normal state, aside from the new artwork, men should use a penis health creme which contains vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals (most professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) as part of their daily penis care routine. A high-quality penis health creme may also reduce scarring of the area, decrease the chance of infection and help improve the health of the penis skin overall.