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Tattoos: Health Considerations (and Some Fun Stats!)

By Amanda Sides on Jun 11, 2016

More than 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo. Maybe you've considered getting one (or already have one!) to mark a special time in your life, honor a loved one, or remind you of a lesson learned on your entrepreneurial path. Body art has long been a form of expression, both for the artist and the subject, and most of the time there are no complications. In fact, the most likely complication is that you'll regret it later on and want to have it removed, which is expensive, time-consuming, and rarely completely successful.

Other complications can arise with tattoos, although carefully choosing a sanitary tattoo studio can help prevent the most serious ones, like the contraction of Hepatitis through contaminated needles. However, you should still take into consideration the possibility of an allergic reaction to the ink, an infection, or even excessive scarring. A recent study published in Contact Dermatitis reported that 6% of the 300 tattooed study subjects suffered from a rash, infection, itching, or swelling.

Nevertheless, tattoos remain a popular form of expression as evidenced by these numbers from Statistic Brain:



Annual amount of spending on tattoos in the United States



Percentage of adults age 26-40 with at least one tattoo



Number of tattoo studios in the U.S.


Average cost (in dollars) of a small tattoo (large ones can be $150 per hour)



Percentage of tattooed people who call themselves "addicted" to getting inked



Percentage of people who bargain shop for tattoos, keeping the price in mind as the most important consideration when choosing a tattoo and artist



Percentage of people with a tattoo who say it makes them feel more sexy


Do you have a tattoo? Is it somehow associated with your journey as an entrepreneur?

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