Tatoos In KenyaPosted 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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