Sunday, December 18, 2016

People tattooing their bodies to cover wounds is on rise

Usually we think creating decorative tattoo designs on bodies is for a style. But in recent times a new trend of getting tattooed is on rise to hide any sorts of wounds or mask the marks and thereby making the skin appear normal.

People with either burns, cut marks, injury marks, stitch mark on their skin or with discolorations due to various reasons, white patches caused due to skin diseases like leukoderma and vitiligo, even those suffering from psoriasis have started getting tattooed to appear good.

This apart, the break ups couple who want to remove names also approach tattoo parlours to cover the names with some designs. Almost colour which matches their skin tone are used to cover the wounds which bring happiness among people, specially women who are more conscious about their looks and beauty.

40-year-old Manasa who was feeling embarrassed to go out with the white spots on skin over a decade said: ' I used to always wear full sleeves dressed, blouses due to bright white patches on hands. The way people were looking towards me was disturbing lot. Just six months back, I decided to create a tattoo design on hands. Now, people come near and ask to show me the design created on hands. Now, am also free of inferiority complexes.'

Another government employee speaking in anonymity said: “I was afflicted with leukoderma, due to which there was loss of pigmentation resulting in occurrence of white patches on the neck, hands. I decided to get tattoo near neck and parts of hands. Due to this, the visibility of the white patches has come down by 70 per cent. This is a clever method to overcome social stigma to hide the marks and also make them appear beautiful.”

19-year-old Lakshmi a college student while experimenting to cook a dish got her thumb severely burnt. To cover up the burns mark she decided to get it tattooed with an artistic design so that the burn doesn't show up. Another student Sunil, who feel down from bike and got stitch over face has also covered with tattoo.

Tattoo Artist Nanjundaswamy who has been tattooing for the past eight years said: “Using body tattoos as a decorative art has been in vogue since a very long time. Since two years the demand for getting tattooed to hide wounds is on rise. Those having ugly appearance of burn marks and cuts get tattooed to make the skin look beautiful. The indelible inks inserted into the inner skin layers will change the pigment and helps to reduce the visibility of the wounds.”

Another tattoo artist Kumar Shankar, said: 'People tattooing their bodies in increasing in the last two years. It has become a trend among youngsters and women in their mid 30's are showing interest to get tattooed on their back and hands. Added to this, even those suffer from wounds approach in large number. College students opt tattoos of their birth constellation, love symbols and floral designs while some even get their faces tattooed with the pictures of their near and dear ones. At present small, medium size tattoos are much sought. We hope in next five years people will get tattooed bigger one.'

What dermatologists say

While, most of the people suffering from wounds, vitiligo are refereed by dermatologists for tattooing. While, there are couple of people take risk and decide to get tattooed to over come the social stigma.

KR Hospital Skin Department HOD Dr BL Nanjundaswamy said that one should get tattooed from professionals and necessary hygiene, safety standards and clean has to be maintained. The non disposable equipments used should be sterlized properly and mild colours should be used. One should not get tattooed over chest, shoulder. Some people experience skin infection, and also can lead to keloids after tattooing. Using needles more precautions has to be taken as there might be chances of people getting HIV infected.

Another Dermatologist Dr Ravi said that youngsters are getting tattooed in large down the years and its very much important to get a safe tattoo without taking any health risk. 

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