We call bullshit on tattoo myths

There are a lot of myths out there about tattoos, and some of these myths go back a long time, but others appear along with new technology or cultural watersheds. In this article, we call bullshit on some of the more prevalent ones. 

 

Myths like…

 

Only gang members have tattoos

 

Oh please, do we even have to debunk this one? Especially here in Australia? We have perhaps the most tattoos per capita in the world, and obviously not everyone is a gang member! And yes, it’s true gang members are notorious for their tattoos, but that doesn’t mean everyone with a tattoo is in a gang. That’s like saying both Hitler and Stalin had moustaches, so everyone with a moustache is an evil dictator!

 

Anyone who is good at art can tattoo

 

There was always that one kid in class who was amazing at drawing, but pretty dumb at everything else. He could draw Eddie from Iron Maiden and it looked AWESOME, so one day his friend decides he wants a tattoo. “I’ll do it for free!” Bad idea. Just because someone can draw, doesn’t mean they can tattoo. Without the proper training, equipment, health & safety knowledge or technical ability, all you’re going to end up with is a mess that will have to be covered up by a professional anyway.

 

You should take a painkiller before getting a tattoo

 

This sounds like a good idea, because tattoos hurt, right? Wrong. A lot of painkillers have anticoagulant properties, which will thin your blood and make it difficult to clot. This in turn means you’ll bleed more, and that brings its own problems, such as a higher risk of infection. Popping a couple of aspirin before going to get your tattoo may seem like the sensible thing to do, but please don’t.