Tattoos have become one of the most popular ways for people use artistic expression. Tattoos are a great way to change your body and feel more like an individual. Tattoos are also a great way to share your thoughts, feelings, memories, and general expressions. Piercings and other body modifications create a unique look and have some types of medical benefits.

Tattoos can be applied to nearly every part of the body. You can have a tattoo applied for a number of different reasons and each has its ups and downs. Some people have chosen to get tattoos of their loved ones to show their love for one another. This is never a good idea if you are doing it for a short term relationship as things change and tattoos are forever. If you choose to do your children’s names that is a while different story as your kids are always going to be a part of your life. The age for getting a tattoo done is 18 and up due to the silly decisions made by children. Tattoo removal is very painful and very expensive so make the decision in the right frame of mind and ensure it is something you want to keep forever. There is always the option for a tattoo cover up but this can be a hard thing to do as well and usually you will always see portions of the previous tattoo.

Tattoos and piercings are an expensive form of artistic expression and it is very important to do your research before you get one done. Always walk in to the shop to book your appointment so you can get the answers to these very important safety and cleanliness questions. How long has the shop been operating? Are they licensed? Do they have a good reputation? Watch how they behave when you step into the shop to book your appointment. Do they have all the right equipment, is the area clean? Infections from tattoos and piercings can be life altering and extremely painful. Know where your going and who will be touching your body before agreeing to anything. Nearly 50% of people with tattoos think the reputation of the artist or tattoo shop is the most important factor when choosing where to get inked.

What are the most popular types of piercings and why are they done? The most common piercings that most people are aware of are the belly button, tongue, nipple, genitalia, nose, lip, ears, and eyebrow. The latest types of piercings are dermal piercings or under the skin piercings. Dermal piercings are placed using a small surgical incision using a skin biopsy cutter and placing a small surgical steel backing beneath the skin and connecting a decorative top. Under the skin piercings have been placed in the facial tissue, within hands, feet, arms and more to create body modification that is more of a style trend than anything else. Recently they have found a certain type of piercing within the ear lobe that can help manage migraines. Do your homework before getting any piercing done as they could affect your life later on. The last thing you want is a form of artistic expression that deforms your body later when you remove it.