5 Articles: To Tattoo, Or Not To Tattoo

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If you're as fascinated as I am by tattoos, you've likely heard about The Field Museum's latest exhibit, Tattoo. Not a day goes by that I don't see someone with one, and I'm always curious how people choose what they permanently want on their body. If you're curious, too, the following articles will help you understand, while learning about the history of tattoos, what to do if you want to cover one up and where they're headed next!

You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web.

"Researchers Find Fabulous Tattoos on 3,000-Year-Old Remains of Egyptian Woman" by Ben Guarino
The Washington Post, May 26, 2016 (also available on The Washington Post website)
Tattoos go far back, and while 3,000-year-old tattoos are not the oldest in history, they were quite a surprise to the archaeologists who discovered them.

"Tattoos, Permanent Makeup and Regulatory Uncertainty" by Robert Ross-Fichtner and Claire Robichaud
Cosmetics & Toiletries, September 2016 (also available on the Cosmetics & Toiletries website)
One thing to consider about tattoos is the ink used and how it has changed throughout the years as tattoos evolve.

"A Tattoo Is Forever—Except When You Don’t Want It" by Liz Rappaport
The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2015 (also available on The Wall Street Journal website)
Even if you love your tattoo, you may not want to be asked about it all the time. Now there are options for you to cover it up when you want to, but it will take some time and some money.

"Tattoo Artist David Allen Transforms the Pain of Breast Cancer Into a Mark of Courage" by Cindy Dampier
Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2016 (also available on the Chicago Tribune website)
Tattoos often offer healing to people. Artist David Allen has become well known in the industry to offer that healing to breast cancer survivors through his artistry and empathy.

"Smart Tattoos? Metallic Body Art the Latest Way to Keep Connected" by Steven Overly
The Washington Post, August 18, 2016 (also available on The Washington Post website)
Believe it or not, you can now link a tattoo to your phone. Sounds crazy, but new smart tattoos may just be the next big thing.