I want to get a tattoo. I have ALWAYS wanted one and I finally know exactly what I want. In planning to go under the needle I have been researching etc etc...

Then I came across some unsettling articles that state basically the scientific evidence hasn't been done...so NO ONE KNOWS the real health risks...

see: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2011/tattoo-inks-fa...

I am asking this question to benefit anyone who either has a tattoo or others like me considering it. My personal concern is the potential risk of birth defects because I am planning on having more children. I have plenty of childbearing life ahead of me and I'm getting my body ready for another baby....so reading the unsettling news of the "unknown" has made me think about possibly putting my tattoo plans on hold until my childbearing/breastfeeding days are over...(Which will be YEARS from now, I'm only 31.)

So generally speaking, here's my questions: Knowing that there is some scary stuff in tattoo ink, is the risk worth it?

What do you think? Am I just being paranoid? Or should I "relax already" LOL!!!!

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Relax already! You're just being paranoid. LOL.

It's not like paint has lead anymore. Sure, you'll bleed and some might end on your bloodstream but i doubt it will have repercussion in a fetus you might have years ahead. If it doesn't harm you now, i guess it's safe to assume that it won't harm your developing child in the future.

Yes I'm sure it's laughable to most, LOL!!! But here's the question a different way...since there is currently no scientific studies one way or the other it's a complete unknown at this point. So while I can "suppose" there isn't a problem...not just for childbearing but in general for health and longevity. Can we assume since there's no widespread reports of problems, could there be real problems we just haven't linked to tattooing yet? Hmmmmm. I don't know.

Knowing I plan on having more kids it almost feels like drinking alcohol while pregnant. It's in that category for me anyway, lol...

Do you have a doctor you can go to and ask?

Tattoos are the rage - really stylish nowadays. This should be reason enough to avoid them. The whole idea of taking something so totally transient, by definition, as style and fashion and PERMANENTLY engraving it on your body so you can't get away from it whenever you go is the epitome of silliness.

Get a stylish haircut instead. It will grow back about the time it goes out of style.

You do realize, don't you, that one of the fastest growing industries in Southern California is tattoo removal??

RE: You do realize, don't you, that one of the fastest growing industries in Southern California is tattoo removal??

Really? I though pot growing was. Ha! You learn something new every day! Lol.

yeah, Californians need mary jane just to get through all the tattoo removals 

My personal concern is the potential risk of birth defects because I am planning on having more children.

Okay, but who do you want to attract as daddy/hubby material? A biker or pirate or some saggy pants guy with a few years of prison under his belt? or someone with enough income to support you and a mess of kids because he can get a regular real world job not involving music or selling paintings (or drugs)?

Do you know that a lot of guys will go into a bar looking for chicks with tattoos because, the word is, they are easier to get a f**k out of than chicks who treat their body as a temple instead of a billboard.

@Unseen: I told (showed) my co-workers my plans and said I'm getting it on my lower back and they were like "oh, a tramp stamp!" LOL!!!!

Do guys really think that way? Or are you just old Uncle Unseen? LOL!!!!!

Lower back tats are also known as "butt antlers."

Yes, guys going into a club or bar and hoping to get lucky are, if they are smart, looking at how the females are presenting themselves. Very short skirts, capris showing camel toe, lots of cleavage, obvious tattoos...these are all clues that can put a girl into the "possible slut" bracket.

They say "you can't tell a book by the cover." That's true in the sense that you can't tell what someone is like conclusively by their presentation of self, BUT you can make an educated guess. If a girl goes into a bar braless in a daisy duke top with the shortest of short shorts, and tattoos showing, she's probably more likely to give a parking lot blowjob than the girl whose clothing is sending out more demure signals that don't scream "I'm looking for a hookup tonight."

@Unseen: I don't wear shirts to clubs that show off my lower back so these so-called judgmental guys looking to get laid aren't going to know it's there. No one will know unless I choose to show them and I have enough self-respect not to show someone my behind unless that person has been given the right of passsage, lol!!!!

You do make excellent points though. What do you think women think of guys with tattoos? Why do tattoos scream to a guy "slut" and tattoos to a woman on a guy scream "bad boy". ????? Yet another unfair barrier of male schovenist pig to deal with. Damned if we do, damned if we don't.

Women who do look at guys with major tattoos and see them as not very likely "success objects" are probably making a rational choice, much like the girl who looks at the guy wearing his pants below his ass and showing off his underpants is not likely to be a good provider and/or responsible parent relative to a straighter guy.

Stereotyping? Sure. Just goes to show that stereotyping can help one avoid trouble.

Suppose I have $600 I could spend on...

a tattoo above my ass I've always wanted
a college course to help me earn more $$$
a charitable donation to a women's shelter

What would make getting the butt art the best course of action?

Would it be because I always wanted one?

So men who drive expensive luxury cars are an even worse choice than men with major tattoos?

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