Happily however, those days are coming to an end as more and more people become open-minded about tattoos and those who sport them.
The buzz on body artSeptember 23, 2011
There are many ways a person can express himself or herself artistically.
Correction: Darl Papple, an artist at Magic Touch worked Wednesday on the "Dungeons and Dragons" tattoo. It was reported earlier that Tim Evitts was the artist.
So, why get a tattoo — a piece of art you can't sell off or return to a retailer?
"Everyone expresses themselves differently," said Tim Evitts, owner and artist at Pinckney's Magic Touch Tattoo. "I say, to each their own. If people like them, that's fine. If people don't, that's fine, too."
Once thought of as art for bikers and thugs, more and more people today are opting for body art. The art form has become much more accepted than in the past, Evitts said.
Mike "Bagz" Bagwell, a six-year ink artist at Howell's Eternal Tattoos and Eternal Ink, said he's seen firsthand the misconceptions some people have of those with tattoos.
"When my wife and I bought our house, there was an older couple in the house next to ours who have since becomes friends but thought, 'Oh, no, this guy has tattoos. There goes the neighborhood,' " said Bagwell, a Clarkston resident.
"It was like they were judging me from the get-go," Bagwell continued. "He had a tree that fell in his yard, and I was the first one over there with my saw to help him cut it up. So, yeah, I do get stereotyped at times."
The art is more widely accepted in today's society, but tattoos aren't without risk.
Infections, such as hepatitis and HIV, are possible, as dirty needles can pass infection from one person to another, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"Anyone wanting to get a tattoo should also make sure their artist uses a single-use needle," said James Henry, supervisor for the Livingston County Department of Public Health.
"Watch them take the needle out of the packaging. You can even ask the artist to sterilize their equipment. You may even want to watch them wash their hands, too," he said.
The FDA has also reported allergies to various ink pigments in both permanent and temporary tattoos have been reported and can cause problems. Unwanted scar tissue may form when getting or removing a tattoo. People may have swelling or burning in the tattoo when having an MRI, according to the FDA.
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