A History and the Ups and Downs as Related to Vaping
Nowadays, tattooing has become so commonplace that people who are getting tattoos are choosing to vape before, even during the tattooing process. But is it actually safe?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the relation of vaping and tattooing, let’s talk about a short history of tattoos. Tattoos have been a part of our daily lives for thousands and thousands of years. They are said to have been in existence for around 5,200 years, with the discovery of an Iceman at the Italian-Austrian border in 1991. The Iceman had tattoo patterns on him. Prior to the discovery of the Iceman, the earliest evidence of tattoos can be traced to a couple of female mummies from Egypt, circa 2000 B.C.
According to research, while there is no clear evidence of who made the tattoos in ancient Egypt, it is most likely that older females would have created the tattoos for the younger females. This is similar to the occurrences in 19th century Egypt, as well as in other parts of the world.
The instruments that they used can be described as a wooden handle with a sharp point. This could be dated back to 3000 B.C. There are also small bronze instruments that look like flattened and wide needles that were found in Gurob. When they are grouped together, they can create a multiple dot pattern. These are very alike to tattooing implements also during 19th century Egypt.
If you would like at the mummies from Egypt, the tattoos look more or less like dotted line and diamond patterns. Figurines usually had a naturalistic look. The tattoos are sometimes seen on tomb scenes as well as small female figures.
Pigments used in the tattoos are black or dark pigments like soot and introduced to the skin. The brighter colors were typically used in other ancient cultures. Such an example is the Inuit who were thought of using yellow with the dark colors.
Aside from Egypt, in other ancient cultures, the Nubians south of Egypt were known to use blue tattoos. In the Altai Mountain area, the Scythian Pazyryk used tattoos as well. The body of a male Scythian was shown to have mythical animals as ornate tattoos. Those carrying these tattoos were deemed to be of the upper class. However, amongst the Romans and the Greeks, the tattoos were used to mark an individual as to their connection to a religious sect or a slave owner or crime.
Going back to the connection of vaping and tattooing. The autoclave used in tattooing even releases a V-Cide chemical vapor in the tattoo area during tube sterilization.
Notably, the propylene glycol in e-cigarettes is antimicrobial, so it most likely will not be a problem if a client or a tattoo artist vapes in the shop. The concern would probably be in the flavorings in the e-ciagarettes. That being said, you have to be concerned nonetheless of any potential contamination splatter from the tattoo materials or bodily fluids that may come in contact with the e-cigarette, which, you in turn, put in your mouth. Smoking dry herb before tattooing can cause anxiety and paranoia if your grass has a high THC level. When I got my first tattoo I remember I had to seat still for hours and it wasn’t a pleasant feeling, thank god I didn’t smoke anything. I am very sensitive for pain but some people have a high tolerance to it, and some areas are super sensitive. Getting high before your your tattoo can also affect you in your decision, you might make up your mind a few times, but when the needle hits your skin there is no going back unless you want to piss off your artist. What I am trying to say is that smoking is not a great idea before getting inked but if you really can’t give up on your load just try to smoke CBD rich strains that has anti-anxiety benefit.
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