Tatuaggi is an Italian term for tattoos, which is a popular form of body modification. For some, it is even considered as art and a form of expression. But to most, it is identified as the process of introducing colorful and indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to encourage pigment change.
Tattooing has been around since the Neolithic times, dating before the birth of Christ. Proof of the matter came with an iceman remain found to have 57 carbon tattoos on his body, associated with healing marks. In ancient Egypt, mummies were also seen to bear tattoos dating back to the second millennium. Along with other European tribes like the Celtics, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and the Picts, it seemed that their current popularity echoed one that was experienced in previous years. Ancient tattoo making however, involved less sanitary methods like we have today. And artists of the time had to resort to cutting people and rubbing wounds with ashes or hand-pricking the skin with dyes.
Fast forward to the 1990s and tattoos have become a mainstream practice all around the world, among all sexes, in all economic classes and age groups – although men have been found to give more support to the act (with 15%) than women (13%). In fact, according to a phone survey in 2004, 36% of Americans aged 18 to 29 already had tattoos; which was complemented by the fact that 24% of those between 30 to 40 years and 15% of people between the ages 41 and 51 also wearing more than one on their body. By 2006, the statistics continued to grow, especially those in between 26 to 40 years old with 40%. In 2008, the numbers mellowed down with only 14% of the whole United States population getting or owning a tattoo. But as of 2010, it seemed as though the trend has rebounded in other countries, with 25% of Australians under the age of 30 sporting customized skin pieces.
Much of this arousal has been attributed to the intense exposure of tattoo art in pop media with television shows such as Miami and LA Ink. And with proliferation of contemporary art exhibitions that display tattoo creations by well-known and experienced artists, as well as the endorsement of modern day icons, the act has become widely accepted among the youth. And it is now even considered a rite-of-passage, if not a sign of independence.
But of course, one cannot take away the risks attributed to tatuaggi, including infection, allergic reaction and blood-borne disease contraction. There have been several cases of HIV…