Keep in mind the reason tattoos last forever is because the human body thinks it is under attack when someone draws on it.
Thinking of getting a tattoo?
Then keep in mind the reason tattoos last forever is because the human body thinks it is under attack when someone draws on it.
The UK Independent reports that the body’s complex processes that keep our skin free from infection are the same ones that allow ink to live forever in our skin.
While humans shed about 40,000 skin cells per hour, or around 1,000,000 per day, usually anything drawn onto the skin would gradually flake or get washed off.
But, as anyone who has a tattoo, or has seen one being done knows, a gun with a needle attached gets right into the deeper layers of skin that won't flake away – basically wounding you, making the body react.
The immune system reacts to what it considers to be an attack by sending cells to the wound to start repairing the skin. The cells travel to the site of the wound and start eating up the ink that has been deposited there. Other cells and parts of the skin suck up the tattoo ink, which is futile, the Independent states.
The body will keep fighting the foreign ink throughout its owners’ life, so your shiny tattoo will eventually fade over time, but won't actually disapear.
Getting a tattoo can be a spur of the moment decision or something well planned and desired.
It's usually those spur of the moment ones that are later regretted, especially if they have a spelling error, or the artist used was anything but talented.
Good thing there are tattoo removal lasers these days.