Tatoos In Kenya

Posted on 2013-09-19 06:35:33

Walk in the Nairobi CBD on a weekend and you’ll realize that the number of young people getting tattoos is increasing. Once an activity associated with hard-core hip hop artists, children from the ghetto or thugs on the streets, now has spread to high school and university students regardless of class or tribe. “It’s cool to have a tattoo” that was the response I received from one Josh, a student in one of the local universities. Don’t be fooled though. Tattoos are not restricted to the male gender only. Nowadays, even females have tattoos. Some of the regions these females have their tattoos are on the breast, lower waist, ankle and back regions. Due to the conservative nature of some professions, most people tend to get their tattoos in areas where their official attire will hide the artwork and their party outfits will reveal their coolness. Of course not everyone gets a tattoo to reveal how cool they are, some other reasons include:
  • tribute to a dead relative or friend
  • For the memory of a special time, place or event
  • To express their passions e.g. having a G-clef to represent love for music
  • As a symbol of a relationship between a boyfriend and a girlfriend.
Are you thinking of getting a tattoo? Well here is the procedure they use:
  • The tattoo design is drawn or outlined on the skin.
  • An electric machine injects ink underneath the top layer of the skin.
  • The needle on this machine moves up and down from 50 to 3000 times a minute. With every puncture, ink is left in the skin.
Of course it is a painful procedure especially when it is your first time-the needle is puncturing your skin. The pain varies with the part of your body you are getting the tattoo on. Some body parts are more sensitive than others. Some places in the body where getting a tattoo is likely to be more painful than in others are the neck, hands, spine, feet and inside of arms. The sensitivity is due to the fact that the skin is thinner in these areas, which causes a heightened degree of pain. Even after you experience this pain, life after a tattoo may not be all bliss. There are associated risks too:
  • Infection –Dirty needles can pass diseases such as Hepatitis or HIV.
  • Allergies - Allergies to various ink pigments in both permanent and temporary tattoos have been reported and can cause problems.
  • Scarring - Unwanted scar tissue may form when getting or removing a tattoo.
  • Granulomas - These small knots or bumps may form around material that the body perceives as foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment.
  • MRI complications - People may have swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This happens rarely and does not last long.
Tattoos don’t look the same when you’re 20 and when you’re in your 50’s or 60’s.Research findings have shown that 50% of the people who get tattoos want them removed at some time in their life. Laser removal treatment is expensive, painful and might not remove the tattoo in entirety. In addition, tattoos haven’t been fully accepted in our society. Having a tattoo is associated with unruly behaviour; loss of focus in what one wants in life and you might not get a job because you have a tattoo. So if you really want to get a tattoo, think before you ink.