June 10, 2006

I like your tat.


CNN had this article about the ever growing popularity of tattoos in the United States. I myself having 2 pretty badass ones agree with why more and more people are getting inked. A study says, about 36% of Americans age 18 to 29 have a least one tattoo.

Here are some fun facts from the article that I liked:

  • To create the ink, pigments would be encapsulated in a polymer and the microcapsules injected into the skin. A tattoo would be permanent only as long as its wearer wanted it to be.
  • It would only take a few pulses of a laser to break open the capsules and release the ink into the body to be safely absorbed, said Martin Schmieg, the company's president and chief executive officer.
  • A second ink, to be available in 2008, would rely on the same technology, except the capsules would dissolve on their own. Depending on the version, the tattoos would naturally vanish after six months, 12 months or 24 months.
So maybe I will go ahead and get that Kelly Clarkson tattoo on my arm. It'll be the funnest 6 months ever!!

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