Tattoos have been used since ancient times as a method of body adornment as well as for other purposes. They are permanent. The colours used in modern tattooing allow for the greatest ever choice of designs. Specialist tattoo artists consider themselves artists rather than service providers, though tattoos are often taken from a template rather than designed by the tattoo artist.
WHAT TO EXPECT
It is important to choose your tattoo artist carefully. Depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo there may be many appointments needed to complete the design. There is considerable pain involved in having a tattoo. Given that tattoo artists are not medical professionals, is it unlikely that you will be offered pain relief.
You may have a complete original piece of art with you all the time. Tattoos can draw attention to attractive areas of the body such as the neck line or ankle.
The tattoo industry in Ireland is currently unregulated. There are no basic training requirements for staff and no age of consent/medical history requirements for getting a tattoo. Premises are not inspected and needles may carry diseases such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Immediate health risks can involve infection or blood poisoning - which can be fatal.