If you make a funny face, it’s going to freeze that way. If you step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back. If you break a mirror, you’ll have seven years bad luck. We’re all familiar with these myths and old wives tales because we’ve been hearing them since we were kids—our parents told us them to make us behave, our friends told us them to get a good chuckle and society has perpetuated them because there’s some fun in keeping them around. But, at the end of the day, we know these things aren’t true… for the most part.
What you might not realize is that the world is filled with old wives tales and myths that are still lingering in that area between truth and fiction—especially when it comes to tattoos and piercings in Victoria, TX. Who knows where these stories came from of why they were invented, but the body modification community has a lot of people on the outside looking in, trying to discern what’s real and what’s truth about tattoos and piercings in Victoria, TX!
Never fear, though! We’re here to break down five of the more blatant myths and shed some truth on the subjects. Take a look:
- Tattoos don’t hurt on certain parts of your body. Listen, you’re injecting ink into your skin with a needle—of course it’s going to hurt no matter where you’re getting inked! While it’s true that some people have higher pain tolerances and there are definitely areas where it’s tremendously more painful to be tattooed, the fact of the matter is that it’s always going to hurt to some degree.
- Tattoo artists put different color inks deeper or shallower into your skin. Wrong again! The ink that’s being injected into your skin is settling in your dermis, the soft layer of pigmented skin below your epidermis, the skin you can feel. As a result, all that ink is going to the same place, no matter the color.
- Piercings done at a studio won’t be rejected by your body. While it’s true that having a licensed piercer perform your piercing in a sterile environment with the proper equipment will dramatically decrease the chances of a rejected piercing, there’s still not a 100 percent guarantee. Our bodies will invariably react to body modification as something foreign and intrusive, and depending on your body’s willingness to accept the modification, you may or may not end up rejecting it.
- Taking pain meds or drinking before a tattoo or piercing will help lower the pain. This is a huge no-no for a variety of reasons and if a reputable parlor believes you to be under the influence of any substances, they can outright refuse to serve you. On top of this, painkillers like aspirin are blood thinners and will cause you to bleed more freely during the tattoo or piercing process, which can result in a harder time healing and even pigment loss in a tattoo. No pain, no gain!
- If I have a tattoo, I won’t be able to donate blood. You’ll have to check with your local Red Cross about this, but more than likely, if your tattoo was done at a licensed shop, you’ll be just fine to donate! If your shop is licensed, you can give blood right away—if your shop isn’t or has not been properly accredited by the state, you’ll be forced to wait at least a year.
It’s funny how if you hear things enough they can sound true, even if you know they’re not. The above five myths have been circulated so widely that so many people second guess themselves about their validity! If you ever have a question or aren’t sure if something is a myth, always speak directly with a tattoo or piercing artist to get the truth, straight from the artist’s mouth.