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Piercing and Tattoos

Ouch – but these things do seem to be the fashion and have been for many many thousands of years, with different cultures choosing to pierce every conceivable bit of their bodies.

Each person according to their own though – but there are certain very important general rules to follow if you must be pierced: -

  • Only have piercing done by a reputable person with lots of experience and who uses prepacked sterilized instruments, otherwise you can get all sorts of nasty infections including HIV and hepatitis
  • Make sure whatever you are having ‘put in’ in the way of rings, studs or other decorations – have been also been sterilized
  • Watch out for local infections which usually occur within the first few days after being pierced when it can get red, sore and a bit pussy. Most of these will settle down with antiseptic cream from you local chemist.
  • If this infection doesn’t clear up within a few days or gets worse, check out with a doctor as you may need antibiotics, or have your decorative ‘object’ removed

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The first written reference to the word, "tattoo" (or Samoan "Tatau") appears in the journal of Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour: "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition".