Re: just wondering...straying o/t

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on June 24, 2002 at 09:41:43:

In reply to: just wondering...straying o/t posted by Graeme on June 24, 2002 at 08:42:11:

: What are the coloured inks that tattoo artists use, and what effect
: do you get mixing these with Henna.
No effect. These are pigment-type molecules that have to be poked
under the skin to create color. Carbon is one, like youŽd find in
india ink. The molecules wonŽt stain the skin just sitting on it.
Dye type molecules would spread out ... and its preferred that a
tattoo sit tight and not drift. Lord knows they DO drift with time.

Looking at aging hippies, or old servicemen from the generation
before, with their tats ... sorta grateful I never did that and found
henna instead. Ageing skin degrades something nasty with long
exposure to sun (check out a tat on an old truck driver sometime, one
whoŽs always got his arm out the window ... messy, messy!) and then
there are lifeŽs other wonders that screw up lovely tats, like c-
sections, coronary surgery, appendectomies, random injuries. No
wonder over 60% of tats become items of regret (according to studies
done and published in dermatology journals).


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