No Pain No Gain Body Art? Not Anymore
Getting a permanent marking through ink and needles hurts, but people have done it throughout the ages. Getting a tattoo is a rite of passage across multiple cultures. In some communities it was practiced as scarification and the Celtics inked their bodies with griffins and monsters.
Tattoos today, marked special occasions, paid respect or honor to certain events, and in peculiarly, some communities used the ashes of their dead as ink for the tattoos. Whatever the reason behind a tattoo, it always told a story. They tell their story through words, symbols or pictures. Whatever you dream off, a tattoo artist will bring it to life.
The story a tattoo tells is mounted on a living and breathing canvas. That’s why not so long ago, it used to be if you wanted to get a tattoo you had to endure the pain. Not anymore.
Tattoos and Infections
Advances in science have taken out the pain in getting a tattoo. Just like modern medicine took the pain out of surgery, it has reduced the discomfort levels traditionally associated with tattoos. Speaking of surgery, a few hundred years ago, barbers and surgeons operated on people without any anesthesia. They would, for instance, amputate an infected limb using a somewhat sharp blade roasted over an open fire. Pain was the only numbing agent back then.
You would feel so much pain that you blacked out during the surgery. After the surgery you still had to overcome numerous bacterial infections on the fresh wound. Not many people lived through the ordeal because there were no antibiotics. Tattoos were not any different. Although not as painful as having a limb amputated, they were still painful. People back then used crude tools or sticks to engrave markings on each other. Of course the tools used were not sterile, making it very likely to get an infection after the tattoo process.
Today, we are a bit lucky because of access to both numbing agents and antibiotics. When you are about to get a tattoo, you can opt to use a numbing cream such as the TAC cream or gel to reduce the discomfort levels. Rubbing the cream on the skin before getting a tattoo numbs it for two to three hours. The duration allows the tattoo artist to meticulously bring your tattoo to life easily because you won’t be squirming with each pinch of the needle.
Furthermore, you can use the cream to help your tattoo heal nicely. The TAC cream helps not only numb you during the tattoo process, but it also helps prevent possible infections latching on to your newly tattooed skin.