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Is a tattoo for you? The ins and outs of getting inked

Sept. 18, 2012

Body art long ago moved into the mainstream, away from the seedy tattoo parlours and outlaw image of years past.

Roughly one in five Canadians has a tattoo, according to a recent survey. The customer in the artist’s chair could just as easily be a suburban soccer mom as a burly biker.

So is a tattoo for you?

The interactive guide below covers the basics of body art, from the science of getting inked to the ways a regrettable decision can be undone.

Sources: Mayo Clinic, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Alliance of Professional Tattooists, American Academy of Dermatology, CDC, news stories

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