Researchers: Your Tattoo is Slowly Poisoning You

It turns out tattoos might not be as harmless as previously thought. New research reveals metallic nanoparticles from tattoo needles are slowly poising inked people.

A study published in the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology indicates chomium and nickel particles from tattoo needles enter a recipient's body and eventually amass around lymph nodes, where they're held in place by ink particles from the tattoo. The infiltration can result in the formation of new allergies, the report states. And while the presence of metal in lymph nodes will "poison" a person over time, the eventual severity of the damage is unclear, according to lead researcher Ines Schreiver.

"The fact that all pigments and wear particles are deposited in lymph nodes calls for special attention to be placed on allergy development," Schreiver says. "Unfortunately, today, we can’t determine the exact impact on human health and possible allergy development deriving from the tattoo needle wear. These are long-term effects which can only be assessed in long-term epidemiological studies that monitor the health of thousands of people over decades."

There are so many studies out there.. One day coffee is good for you and the next day it is bad. NOW TATTOOS? How I feel about tattoos.. Glad ya asked. The oldest evidence of human tattoos is believed to be from between 3370 BC and 3100 BC. They are regulated now. (not too sure if that is good - smh). I have numerous over 15 tattoos. Tattoos are an expression of who you are. As long as it doesn't hurt anyone else.. *** it. Its your body, right?!

Tattoo and Photo: G-Man the Producer

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