Tattoos and Piercing
                                Jeffrey Hayes
                      Axia College of University of Phoenix

      Tattoos and piercing is a huge part of today’s society.   Some people assume tattoos and piercing are new to the world, but they have been around for over five thousands years. I will expose the dangers of receiving tattoos and piercing and show how they relate to prison life.   I will also explain the meanings of some tattoos and I will affirm who made the first tattoo gun.

Skin decorating is nothing new, piercing and tattoos have been around for over five thousand years. Receiving piercing or tattoo is a form of altering a person’s body.   The skin is the body’s ultimate protective barrier. (Lifescripts, 2006 p.2 para 1). When a person breaks his or her skin, infections and certain skin reactions can occur. These are some of the health risk of receiving tattoos and piercing: Allergic reactions are common; tattoo dyes can cause an itchy rash, particularly red dye, even years after the initial work. With body piercing, just like in the ears, jewelry that is made of nickel or brass can also cause allergic reactions. (Lifescripts, 2006 p 2 para 4) Infections are especially common with body piercing. Signs of a piercing infection include swelling, redness, warmth, and discharge. While naval piercing may look cute, especially on a toned tummy, they can take the longest to heal. (Lifescripts, 2006 p 2 para 5)
Skin disorders can occur. Skin disorders from tattoos include keloids, raised skin with excessive scarring, and bumps called granulomas, both caused by the tattoo ink. (Lifescripts, 2006 p 3 para 1) Unsterilized needles can spread disease. The most serious risk is blood-borne diseases like hepatitis, tetanus and HIV/AIDS. (Lifescripts, 2006 p 3 para 2) Oral complications may also arise from tongue or lip piercings. The jewelry not only causes oral infections, but also cracked teeth and gum damage, which can lead to gum...