I was reading a book called Tokyo Vice written by my friend Jake Adelstein. At the core of this story is a member of the Japanese Mafia, the Yakuza, who needs to go to America for a liver transplant. It turns out liver issues are common among the Yakuza, because they get so many tattoos.
That little bit of information was a shock. Tattoos are all the rage. They look painful, but could they really be harmful to the body? So many fitness freaks get tattoos. It seems all the rage. So I started looking into it.
The tattoos suffocate the skin. It turns out our skin is an extremely important organ that we need to at the very least, breathe. Every time we get a tattoo we are destroying an area of our body/skin. That area will never be able to breathe again. The more tattoos we get the more stress we are putting on the our body making the remaining breathable skin work harder.
On top of that there are a ton of other issues surrounding tattoos. So why do so many get them when they are clearly bad for us, like smoking? It’s human nature. Especially for someone who is younger. People want to express themselves and this is a great way to do it. Will I get a tattoo? Probably not. For a far less dangerous reason that bad health. I just dislike needles.
I would love counter arguments for tattoos. So many of my friends have them, that I would like to hear some of the positive health benefits they provide. Also, my research is far from perfect. Poke holes in it. Maybe tattoos are not the next cigarette. Maybe they are harmless permanent body decorations?