A tattoo is a design made on your skin with a needle and ink. Because the ink goes deeply into the skin, the design is permanent.
Tattoos used to be done by hand but now they are done mostly with an electric tool. The tool works a lot like a sewing machine. The needle goes in and out of your skin, putting ink into each hole.
As the needles go into your skin, you will have some bleeding and pain. The pain may be mild (like tingling) or it may be severe (like being stung by a bee many times). How much pain you have depends on the tattoo artist’s skill, the part of your body where you get the tattoo, and how you react to pain.
Getting a simple tattoo can take 15 or 20 minutes. A large, complex tattoo can take hours or several hours over several days.
Some of the problems that can happen after you get a tattoo include:
There are a number of things to do before you get a tattoo to make sure it’s safe.
If you are unsure about the artist or the studio, find a different place to get your tattoo.
It can take up to 2 weeks for your tattoo to heal. Follow your care instructions closely. Some general tips to follow while the tattooed area is healing include:
Tattoos are meant to be permanent. Removing one is not easy. You will need to see a dermatologist (skin doctor) or plastic surgeon to have it removed.