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Subject: rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 1/9--Introduction

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--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==-- This FAQ is maintained by Stan Schwarz <stan-rabfaq@cosmo.pasadena.ca.us> If you are reading this file using a web browser, and the file you are looking at is from www.cis.ohio-state.edu, click on the other archive sites to access the FAQs instead. Ohio State's site is no longer maintained, and continues to provide outdated versions of FAQs. You can retrieve a copy of the FAQ via anonymous ftp from the MIT FTP server: <ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/bodyart>. The FAQs are also available on thw World Wide Web at <http://www.1134.org/tattoofaq>. This is Part 1 of the rec.arts.bodyart non-piercing FAQ file that is posted on a monthly basis (in the latter half of the month) and includes information about everything but piercing that might concern bodyart. If you would like to know what rec.arts.bodyart is as a newsgroup, read the separate posting entitled: "What is rec.arts.bodyart?", posted twice a month. All of the Tattoo FAQs and Alternative Bodyart FAQ are formatted to be html-friendly. That means that most news readers will allow you to jump to the next subject by pressing ^G (control-g). The rec.arts.bodyart Tattoo FAQ is broken up into 9 parts: 1/9--Introduction <---YOU ARE READING THIS FILE 2/9--Getting a tattoo 3/9--Sanitation 4/9--Conventions 5/9--Artist list 6/9--Care of new tattoos 7/9--General care/removal 8/9--Misc. info 9/9--Bibliography There is also a short, separate FAQ on alternative bodyart, which includes brandings and cuttings. PURPOSE OF THIS FAQ: This FAQ serves to disseminate information on the most frequently asked questions about the basics of tattoos and tattooing. If you are interested in learning more about the rec.arts.bodyart newsgroup itself, read the "What is rec.arts.bodyart" file that I post twice a month. While bodyart has been around for thousands of years, it is currently experiencing an almost unprecedented popularity in the US and in Europe. However, the general population of developed countries still regard it with some disdain, especially against those who have *A LOT* of any type bodyart. The purpose of this FAQ is *not* to raise these issues or to change such views, but to educate those who are interested in learning more about tattoos. Regardless of motive, tattooing is a very personal choice. Information in this FAQ should help you make a wiser decision about getting inked, since the reversing process is not easy. I have tried to include the contributor's name and email address where possible, both for accountability reasons and for obtaining further information. Contributions, while welcome, may not always be added depending on whether they fit into the purpose of this FAQ. COPYRIGHT AND DISSEMINATION Under the Berne Convention, this document is Copyright (c) 1997 by Lani Teshima-Miller, all rights reserved. Permission is granted for it to be reproduced electronically on any system connected to the various networks which make up the Internet, Usenet, and FidoNet so long as it is reproduced in its entirety, unedited, and with this copyright notice intact. Web sites are included. Individual copies may also be printed for personal use. This document was produced for free redistribution. If you paid money for it, not only did you do so unnecessarily, but none of the money went to the person who did the work of producing the documents. Sharing the files on an individual basis: You may copy, archive (ftp and web pages) and disseminate the entire set of FAQs electronically and in print on an individual, non-commercial basis. If you must break up the sections, break them up in the format already separated for you. Do not create your own sections. Do not add your own information in the FAQ. Sharing the files through a BBS: If you maintain a BBS and wish to have these files available, please include a notice of how to obtain the most recent copy of the FAQs. Creating your own html pages for WWW: Add whatever you want to your pages, as long as you leave my FAQs intact. Note that the "official" web page I list in the FAQ is: http://www.1134.org/tattoo-faq. Which is the FAQ maintainer's URL. Individuals who wish only to link to the FAQs may select http://www.faqs.org/faqs/bodyart/. While you are allowed individual copies of the FAQ, that does NOT mean my FAQ is in the public domain. To quote Jeffrey Knapp, "Lately, spaghetti publishers have taken to exploiting FAQs and lists, often publishing them without obtaining written permission. This is an abuse of copyright laws, and threatens the continued viability of the FAQ system which benefits us all." All of my FAQs may be cited as: Teshima-Miller, Lani (1997) "rec.arts.bodyart _______* Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" Usenet rec.arts.bodyart, available via World Wide Web: www.faqs.org/faqs/bodyart/, ~180 pages *I maintain all of the tattoo files, "Alternate Bodyart" file, "Welcome & Netiquette" file, and the Purple Pages Directory. You *MUST* obtain prior permission from me before you make the FAQs available commercially, including reproducing/distribution in any electronic or print format that is not a pointer to the archives (e.g. CD-ROM, diskettes). I usually give permission as long as I get a copy of your product. You need not obtain special permission to quote parts of this FAQ for academic research purposes (although you must cite this FAQ). If you are not sure how to cite electronic information, a must-have is _Electronic Style: A Guide to Citing Electronic Information_ by Xia Li and Nancy B. Crane (Westport, 1993). It will tell you how to properly cite FAQs, posts, private email as well as FTPs, etc. *IF YOU ARE A MEDIA REPORTER OR JOURNALIST, you are explicitly requested to email me prior to using material in, or quoting from this FAQ. I will respond to you personally and will often provide you with additional quotable sound bites if you wish.* I will gladly accept submissions from artists interested in discussing technique, style, or the reasons they got into the field. This FAQ was originally compiled by Paul Davies (Synthetic Man) at pdavies@alchemy.chem.utoronto.ca, with contributions from various people. The rights and responsibilities to maintain this FAQ was passed on to Lani Teshima-Miller in Summer 1993, and has since grown in size by at least 350%. It was passed to Stan Schwarz in 1998. If you would like to offer suggestions, ideas or submissions, please email me at <stan-rabfaq@cosmo.pasadena.ca.us> If I have *any* advice for those who decide to get inked, it is: To shop around, to ask a lot of questions, to not fret about the cost too much, to always ask to look at the artists' sample photos, and to get something that's custom, significant and meaningful. That thing's gonna be with you for a looong time. Oh--and "Think Ink!" TABLE OF CONTENTS The 9 parts of the Tattoo FAQ files of rec.arts.bodyart, and the information provided in each: 1/9--Introduction 2/9--Getting a tattoo: Does it hurt? Should I get one at all? *WHY* do I want one? Religious (Christian) arguments A temporary alternative? Where do I find a good artist, and what should I look for in a tattoo artist? How to look around in the shop Asking to see their portfolio What to look for in their portfolio What kinds of questions to ask What sorts of things to look for in a shop How much does it cost to get a tattoo? How should I act once I get in that chair? Where on my body should I get a tattoo? 3/9--Sanitation: Can I get infectious diseases from tattoo needles? What to look for in a sanitary shop environment. Can I get AIDS from tattooing? Can my tattoos get infected? How to look for sterilization Are there any medical conditions that will preclude me from getting a tattoo? What is the Alliance of Professional Tattooists? 4/9--Conventions: When and where are upcoming conventions? Tattoo Conventions: What are they all about? What types of conventions are available? Why would I want to attend? What's the format? What's the atmosphere? What kind of tattoo contests are there? Can I actually get a tattoo at a convention? What else can I find at these conventions? 5/9--Artist list Who is a good/bad tattoo artist near me? US West Coast. US Midwest. US Southeast. US East Coast. Canada. EUROPE/UK. EUROPE/POLAND. ASIA/Japan 6/9--Care of new tattoos: General advice from a medical doctor. What are some bad things for my new tattoo? Sauna or steamroom. Sunlight. Preparation-H. How do I care for my new tattoo?. Suggested Method #1: The Minimal Moisturizer Method. Suggested Method #2: The Pat-with-Listerine Method. Suggested Method #3: The Wait-24-Hours-to-Take-Off-Dressing Method. Suggested Method #4: The Coconut-Oil-Itch-Relief Method. Suggested Method #5: The Huck Spalding Method. Suggested Method #6: The Noxzema Method 7/9--General care/removal How does weight gain/loss affect a tattoo?How does lifting weights affect a tattoo? How does pregnancy affect a tattoo near the abdomen? Can a tattoo be removed? Get it reworked--cover-up. Get it reworked--touch-up. Get it removed--Tissue Expansion. Get it removed--Sal Abration. Get it removed--Staged Excision. Get it removed--medical lasers. Innovative Government Incentive Program for Tattoo Removal. One person's decision toward tattoo removal 8/9--Misc. info: Are there glow-in-the-dark tattoos? Where can I get a Japanese "irezumi" tattoo? When did tattooing start? How does a modern tattoo machine work? How long do I have to wait before I can donate blood? Tattoos and allergies. Tattoos and MRI. How do I become a tattoo artist? 9/9--Bibliography: Are there references about tattoos I could look up? Tattoos in movies and videos. Newspaper articles about tattoos/bodyart. Magazine and journal articles about tattoos/bodyart. Books about tattoos/bodyart (reviews where available). Tattoo organizations. Resource material for custom tattoo design ideas. Current tattoo magazines in print The one-part Alternative Bodyart FAQ has the following: What is branding and how is it done? What is scarring? What are cuttings? WHAT TO EXPECT IN UPCOMING REVISIONS --List of artists (ongoing) --What kind of colors are available? What are the inks made of? What is it about red ink that causes allergic reactions in some? --Where can I get good ideas for designs? Part of a bibliography. Note: In part 9 there is an extensive bibliography on Celtic design resources by tattooist Pat Fish. --How is"traditional" tattooing done without the tattoo machine? --What is the history behind Japanese tattoos? How is it done? --What Polynesian islands were into tattooing? --What tat magazines can I look at for examples of artists' works? --Are there any tattoo museums I could visit? --==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==-- This ends "rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 1/9--Introduction." This should be followed by "rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 2/9--Getting a tattoo." --