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Many people today are getting tattoos some covering extensive parts of their body in many visible places whereas traditionally the artwork could be covered with a shirt or other article of clothing Also popular are piercings not just the ordinary one or two hole ear piercings but all over a persons face nose cheeks tongue abdomen and even genitals There is even a church devoted to the practice of body modification of which piercings are just a beginning The artwork can be magnificent The artists are talented trained and experienced capable of producing beautiful creations At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy I want to warn of the consequences possible and give reasoning to consider the negative aspects of indulging our artistic tastes in such manners At the outset I must confess to having chosen a tattoo and piercing once Hopefully this will give weight to my words as it can be seen that I know the issue from both the embellished and non-embellished sides For one tattoos can be expensive A silver dollar sized picture on my back was seventy five dollars in 1991 Of course weve had inflation tattoos have become more elaborate and artists desire to be well compensated for their work so I expect prices have risen considerably since then Granted even the specialized jewelry of body piercings are not terribly expensive but remember diamonds are a girls best friend There is a risk of infection with tattoos and body piercings Most states have laws regarding issues such as cleanliness of shops licensing of artists and the use of sterile equipment As to how well such regulations are followed or enforced I cannot attest However those items are not the only area of concern With the opening of the protective envelope of our skin and exposure of our blood to the elements we are vulnerable even after leaving the shop Special care must be taken disinfectant and moisturizers applied
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