A friend recently made the mistake of getting a tattoo, afterward, she was made aware of the risks, what she learned terrified her and has really impacted on her health due to the concerns she now has.
She had no idea there was a risk of HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, and a plethora of all kind s of infections. No one told her the inks used were never intended for use on the skin, let alone injected into it.
These inks are industrial inks which no health authority anywhere on earth has ever approved.
These inks contain acids, toxins, plastics and mercury, they are a time bomb, which, after the tattoo is applied, your bodies blood flows through, this eventually destroys the liver and due to the carcinogens in the inks, also put the wearer at risk to cancer.
The in thing in Hollywood at the moment, is the removal of tattoos, because the fad is over.
It must also be acknowledged, life is a long time, fads come and go, but a tattoo is there forever and given the undeniable stigma surrounding tattoos, it's no surprise, that on women, they are known as "tramp stamps" they take away the decent image of even the most beautiful girl, they are known to be worn by people with low self esteem, and women who are sexually promiscuous.
Respect is something we all need in our lives, and our self respect, or lack of it, is another thing tattoos take away from us.
Tattoo's began as an ownership mark, this was adopted by prisoners, and then by men who were really only trying to portray a dangerous image, wannabe tough guys, frauds, and usually weak men. On women, they were used on whores, this was also an ownership mark put there by their pimp, it showed they were his property, hence the term, "tramp stamp".
My advice when it comes to fads or fashion, is that they do come and go, so it's unwise to ever do anything that's permanent. A necklace you can remove, the same applies to a dress or it's style, so why would anyone permanently disfigure and degrade themselves then be stuck in that moment in time forever?
You can buy temporary tattoos, do that and learn how people begin to treat you differently, I'm sure in time you'll never regret not getting one, but if you do get one, you will most likely regret it for the rest of your life.