Let’s talk about Tattoos – Emeka Nwolisa

Let’s talk about Tattoos – Emeka Nwolisa
Let’s talk about Tattoos
Tattoos are everywhere. They have become so cheap that every Dick, Tom and Harry can get them these days. They come in diverse shapes, concepts  and colours.
A tattoo is a kind of  body art that may be temporary or permanent. The word tattoo is said to come from the Tahitian word ‘tatu’ which means ‘to mark something’ and has existed since 12,000 BC.
Tattoos have always had an important role in rituals and tradition but at some point, it lost flavour but it is gradually staging a strong comeback. In Nigeria, young people are using it as a way to express themselves.
Megastars in the entertainment, film, sports and music worlds are toting one and making fashion statements with tattoos. These megastars have millions of people who idolize them and copy their every action.
The social media and cable TV is equally turning the world into a global village now and that means that a megastar in the USA can, by his actions, influence millions of people in uncharted corners of the world.
Some people though, find tattoos repulsive, anchoring their argument on the Holy Book in Leviticus 19:28, which says ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves.’
Tattoos are made by puncturing the skin with needles and injecting ink, dyes, and pigments into the deeper layers of the skin. It can be done manually or with a machine. The machine is hand-held and acts like a sewing machine, with one or more needles piercing the skin repeatedly.
With every puncture, the needles insert tiny ink droplets. Since the process is done without anesthetics, it may cause severe pains and there may be some bleeding.
The designs vary depending on the intentions of the individual. Some people have names of their loved ones or their images tattooed while some others have flowers or religious symbols.
Nigerian super star rapper, Olamide, aka Badoo, has two tattoos, one of them a symbol of Oduduwa and the other, a guitar. His colleague Davido, aka OBO, has a total of nine tattoos which include a ‘Sweet Mother’ and a ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ on his arms.
This Latin phrase ascribed to Julius Ceaser simply means ‘ I came, I saw, I conquered.’ He also has ‘Imade,’ the name of his daughter tattooed on his body too.
Barcelona’s talisman and football legend, Lionel Messi has seven different tattoos including a portrait of his mother on his back and his son’s name, ‘Thiago,’ on his leg.
Tattoos breach the skin and reduce its protective properties increasing the risk of skin infections. Other possible complications including allergic reactions to the tattoo dyes, granulomas and keloid formation can also occur.
Contaminated tattooing equipment can expose one to the diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C infections and even septicemia.
Therefore, before you get a tattoo, think carefully about it. If you’re unsure or worried that you might regret it, then don’t do it. Never allow yourself to be pressured into getting a tattoo by your peers or colleagues and don’t get a tattoo when you are drunk or incapable of making rational thinking.
If you decide to get one, consider the location carefully. Do you want it visible to all and sundry or in a private area visible to only a few. Also factor your career prospects and most importantly, get it done by a professional and in a place where sterilized equipment are used.
Be careful no bi curse, na advice and boom is better than statement.

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