Tattoo Myths and Misconceptions You Should Have Debunked by Now

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED October 11, 2018 03:16 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

Fact: The art of tattooing goes way before we were colonized by Spaniards. Our ancestors mark their skin as a sign of beauty, social status, or bravery after after a successful expedition or war.

A hundred years later, a stigma was created around this form of body art. “Uy, ex-convict yan” or “Pang-Adik”  are just a few of the negative remarks we often hear. And along with that the many misconceptions, it’s about time we all debunk these:

You won't be able to donate blood when you have a tattoo.

Yes, you won't be able to donate blood, but only for a period of time. Usually, it only takes a year before you are allowed to donate to blood banks--given that you were inked in a registered and trusted tattoo parlor.


Tattoos can cause AIDS.

It remains a fact that sharing of needles can be a medium to transferring viruses, but as long as you get inked in a trusted, registered tattoo parlor, your safety is guaranteed. Always do your research beforehand.

Tattoo inks can cause cancer.

Although there are studies that focuses if ink tattoos can cause cancer, no concrete proof has really been provided that they are linked with each other. As of today, having your skin inked is safe.


You should not let your new tattoo get wet.

You CAN get your new tattoo wet, but as a precaution, don't submerge or immerse it fully on water while it’s still fresh.,  A fresh tattoo is basically an open wound so take extra hygienic measures possible.

Only ex-cons wear tattoos.

This is an obvious miss. We are way past the times when tattoos are for thugs and ex-convicts. Right now, this is a way for people to express themselves. It’s a form of art practiced by  our ancestors. A tattoo is never and indicator of a person’s attitude.


We hope that you would see tattoos (or people with tattoos) a little differently now after reading the common misconceptions. Bottom line, having a tattoo is not at all bad.

Now, if you are one of those people who would want to get a tattoo, we hope this would be an eye-opener. Maybe by this time, you would not be afraid of the commitment. (Oops).



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