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Several Reasons for Having Tattoos

Tattoos, body piercing and several other forms of body modification are currently a fad nowadays. But not too long ago, such forms of art are generally shunned upon by society, equating body piercings to tribes and cults, and tattoos to hoodlums, criminals, and other lowlifes that are up to no good. But in lieu of today’s seemingly liberally leaning society, almost everyone now accepts, once unspeakable things, to be brought out into the mainstream. Chest tattoos for men that is once the exclusive enclave of bikers and side tattoos for girls that were generally reserved for manual workers and prostitutes are now sported on by many people.

Is it good, like almost every one say’s it is today, or is it really bad, like our forebears thought it was? I don’t really know the correct answer to that, and I also am not in any position of authority to stamp a definitive answer, but I do have an opinion on the matter. So why do some people have tattoos on their bodies? Here are several of my thoughts regarding the matter.

Self-Expression

Probably the most common reason people say to justify having tattoos. Self-expression is defined as the assertion or deliberate showing of a man’s own personality in any kind of medium, such as in speech, idea, feelings, and in our case tattoos. Sometimes you ask people with tattoos on why they decide to have one in the first place, and oftentimes they can’t answer it directly, having particularly no reason at all for doing it. Sometimes we are shy, don’t know how to explain things, or can’t really express ourselves the conventional way, and we do it in other ways, those other ways are the classic things that makes self-expressions.

Religion

Some religions, particularly older ones, practice tattooing in line with their performed rituals and religious convictions. Although many religions like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam particularly forbid their followers from having tattoos, several branches of such religions, like the Catholic Croats in Bosnia, who tattoo their children in the belief that tattoos will ward off evil spirits, still use them.

Loved One

Tattoos, being permanent and lasting in nature, is oftentimes used as a remembrance of someone important in your life. Be it someone who is already departed or someone who is presently the love of your life, tattoos are used to somehow give weight or credence to the importance of the person to the wearer. You also put your loved ones, as tattoos, on your body so that they will forever be with you and be constantly reminded of them just by looking at your body.

Drunk, Peer Pressure, For the Heck of It

In other words, you had the tattoo by mistake. Sometimes you were too drunk to notice, or fiercely ogled into doing it, also maybe you were just very curious about what it is that they were talking about, and decided to have one for yourself. Sometimes you were just forced into it by your environment, like in street gangs or in jail, and generally had no say in it.

Good thing there is still a way to remove it, but it will likely be painful and extremely expensive to do it. So if you are really bent on having a tattoo of your own, and for whatever your reason is, think hard and long before you dive into the colorful world of tattoos.

The Healing Process of a Tattoo

So you got your tattoo that you’ve been dreaming about for a long time. You must be really happy, now that you have endured the pain and chosen the right image, I know you know that it would be permanent and would last indefinitely, right? So what now? What else is there to do? Show it off? Or get another one, you might say, but before that, you have to let your present one heal a bit. So how does one go about healing a tattoo?

First off, a few hours after you had your tattoo, remove the wrap around it to enable it to breathe. Wash it over with an antibacterial soap to minimize your risk of infection. After washing, completely dry the area carefully and thinly apply an ointment, preferably antibiotic in nature, over the tattoo. Continue this process for about four days and also try to do it twice a day, one in the morning and another one before you go to sleep. Using Vaseline or petroleum jelly on a fresh tattoo is not recommended, as they tend to pull out color from the tattoo and is very thick, smothering the tattoo that actually needs air to heal.

Around the fourth day, the tattoo will begin to peel. Layers of skin within the tattoo will slightly harden and eventually break up, like what happens on sunburns, which is an indication of the changing of new skin meaning that it is healing properly. You should drop your antibiotic ointment in favor of the application of an unscented lotion to the tattoo, and keep it up until about two weeks. Always remember to keep your tattoo moisturized to prevent the further drying and breaking up of the area which was tattooed. Your tattoo will heal eventually about around three weeks.

Tattoo scabbing is normal. Patches of skin in and around your tattoo will sometimes swell a little bit and form scar like protuberance. It is important not to forcefully remove these scabs early as it may cause the disfigurement of your tattoo and may even result in a skin tear. Remember to keep an eye on the scab not harboring infection, signs of which are being tender to the touch, redness in the area and extending out of the tattoo and when pus eventually oozes out of the tattoo. An appointment with a doctor is recommended during these episodes for better treatment. The tattoo scab, in time, will eventually peels off on its own.

Other important matters to keep in mind while your tattoo heals, is not soaking it in water for long periods of time, as it will unnecessarily expose your fresh tattoo to all kinds of bacteria, thereby increasing your chances for infection. Also keep your tattoo off of the sun, as it will be a big problem if you unintentionally did get your tattoo sunburned. Avoiding of tight clothing that will rub against the tattoo is also discouraged.

After carefully accomplishing all of these, you can now proceed on doing what you plan to do next, either showing it off or eventually getting another one, is up to you. I commend your bravery and adventurous nature in getting your tattoo. Same with other things, your mind must be fully set and have thought about it fully, before you go ahead and did it. As for me, well, let’s just say I am just at the dreaming part of getting a tattoo. Who knows, I might just wake up and get one myself.

Is it Asthma?

I have been recently searching on the internet, regarding the topic of home remedies for asthma, as my little son have been showing signs of having the disease. Although he doesn’t have asthma yet, pending a confirmation from our doctor’s visit sometime this week, but still, he is exhibiting several symptoms of it, like wheezing in his breath, a persistent cough and he also does get tired easily. I really don’t know how to feel about it, because I do not ever want him to get asthma, but at the same time, it’s better for him to get asthma than something much more sinister as his symptoms indicates.

I might be acting a little bit paranoid with these turn of events, but who wouldn’t be, if it is their child who is the one suffering from an unknown illness, it’s a little bit disconcerting to say the least. I hope it’s just a cold or something in the weather that made him act like this. But to be sure, I’m doing what I can, to at least make him as comfortable as possible and also help him with the food that he eats. That is, until we get to consult our doctor, and by then, we will surely know what his illness is, and also what needs to be done for him to get healthy again.

On the internet, asthma symptoms was enumerated as having shortness of breath with corresponding wheezing episodes, tightening of the chest, and uncontrollable coughing that feels as though there is fluid in lungs. It is also said that asthma really has no known source, only that it is probably inherited, and that genetic interactions has something to do with it.

Getting back to my research, I have found out that several food items, and stuff around the kitchen performs well against asthma. Things like coffee or other caffeinated beverages, works well with asthma, by helping open the airways of an asthma sufferer, but I think I’m going pass on that as the patient is still a child. Other examples were the omega fatty acids from fishes, vitamin C, Primrose Oil, onions and even chili peppers have varying curative effects on asthma.

Now the hard part is trying to include these things on his diet, and of making him eat it eventually. I think it will be a little hard, as you very well know the typical diet of a young kid is mainly composed of only two kinds of food, namely fast food and junk food. But I will eventually find a way, I think by either talking with him and explaining things, or maybe sneaking it in with his food.

Maybe I will just keep him in the house until our doctor’s appointment, as the weather outside seems a little bit out of sync, and I too am feeling kind of weird these days. That’s it; maybe the weather has something to do with it. But I really wouldn’t get my hopes up yet, not until a visit to the doctor has been finished.