Commentary: A few sections do not have true research on safety
issues--just general information because it's very hard to find any
scientific studies on something like scarification or Teflon implants. Very little regulation exists for body art
studios and artists. Many professional tattooists and piercers are now
forming alliances to "self-regulate" even though not required.
I'm not trying to
discourage anyone from getting quality body art. In fact, many of my
own friends are really into body art of various forms, and I have piercing
myself. One thing I've
learned from these friends--if you're going to get body art--do it right
through a professional artist. Don't get body art while drunk, wasted,
at a rave, or for no reason at all.
In my opinion body art
should mark a rite of passage--it should "mean something" more than just
looking cool. As a health instructor I will also add that body art should be
done safely. Is it worth getting a tattoo if it ruins your health?
Think it over...it's your body...and you only have one.