Not everything you’ve heard about tattoos is a hundred percent correct.

Majority of the new generation apart, there will be a lot of people that will fill your ears with a load bizarre hokum every time you bring up the subject of tattooing. In the past, some tattooed people have not done that great of a job in creating a good reputation for tattoos… concurred, and that is probably why people “suggest” anyone from refraining to get inked. That is probably where these crazy myths pop up from. Much like an elongated game of terribly played Chinese whispers, the myths span out to become some really stupid concepts. However, there are some things that are worth listening to.

Just to make things easier, we’ve separated the hits from the misses so that you are no longer under false impressions about tattoos.

You’re going to regret it when you’re 80.(Miss)

You’re probably not going to like a lot of things about yourself when you’re 80. In fact, the tattoo should be the last of your concerns. You’re 80, you can walk around with a tattoo of ACDC smack dab across your forehead and still not care about what the world has to say. We reckon a tattoo at that age is a good idea, especially after making it through 79 years of surviving in the harsh world.

You can always get a bad tattoo lasered off.(Miss)

Yes, laser tattoo removal is increasing in popularity, but there are a few strings attached. First off, it hurts… a lot! Second, it is pretty expensive, and for what it costs you will most likely be left with a pretty visible scar. More importantly, laser removal of tattoos depends on the quality of the ink used in the tattoo. High quality ink may not completely vanish from your skin.

You can contract HIV/AIDs and other diseases from tattooing. (Miss)

Unless you are getting tattooed by a shady dude under a staircase of a bar, chances of contracting diseases via tattoos are minimal. As long as the artist makes sure that the tattoo parlor is hygienic and clean and fresh new needles are used for every sitting, there is hardly any reason to worry.

Don’t get any water on your tattoo (Partly True).

You must not “soak” a new tattoo, but gentle hand-washing of it is necessary to remove harmful bacteria from the healing tattoo. When you shower, simply apply a little extra coating of ointment to the tattoo and avoid direct shower spray on it. Blot off excess ointment when you’re done bathing.

Angels will exchange your tattoos for a wish when you pass on to the other side.(Highly Unlikely)

Not everyone may be aware of this, but it is believed that tattoos can be exchanged for wishes when you pass on to the other side. Although we cannot completely deny this myth, we do find it highly unlikely, but it is a matter of belief in this issue.

Your tattoos will lose its form when your body goes through a transformation.(Miss)

Losing or gaining weight is a huge body transformation. Unless the tattoo is too detailed to begin with, losing weight will not change the look of your tattoo on a shrinking body too significantly. Lines that run too closely together could theoretically blend and cause a distorted image, but this is a very rare occurrence. Similar to weight loss – even significant weight gain only causes minimal changes in each body area. The problem with weight gain, though, is the possibility of stretch marks. If you get stretch marks in an area where you have a tattoo, it will ruin your ink. The deeper the stretch marks, the worse the damage – and it is irreversible

Tattoos will remain with you forever, as it is.(Miss)

Tattoos may not be as permanent as you think. It is likely that the tattoo will begin to fade as time passes specially due to reasons like too much sun exposure, improper healing etc. There are measures that will slow down the fading to some extent, but it may not be completely unavoidable.

Making a tattoo makes you “hip/ cool/gangster” etc.(Miss)

No it doesn’t. And if you think it does, we’re afraid there isn’t much in this world that can make you “hip/cool/gangster”

Tattooed people are hooligans.(Miss)

Blindly generalizing tattooed people as hooligans is like assuming that a Maruti will begin to run like a Ferrari as soon as you paint it red. Stereotyping is a common habit amongst us all and eradicating it right away is not possible, but now is a good time to start. Read up on Mohan Gurung to get the process started.

Declaring your love through a tattoo is a good idea.(Miss)

It may seem like a good idea at the spur of the moment, but a romantic spontaneous declaration of your undying love may make you want to cut your skin off your bones when you sadly do break up. We’re not saying that you will break up, but no matter how much in love you are, there are chances that things may turn sour.

Getting a tattoo will make you look better.(Depends)

It actually depends on the eyes of the beholder. Some people like tattoos and find it makes one look better, even a turn on. Others may take you as a convict with the potential of pulling a knife on them any second.

Avoid working out immediately after getting a tattoo.(Hit)

Try to avoid exercises that pull and stretch your newly tattooed skin. For example, if you got a new tattoo on your chest, certain weightlifting moves may be irritating. Regardless of the type of exercise you do, apply your moisture product and cover the area with a bandage to reduce irritation and abrasion. Shower right after your workout so you can wash off any sweat and salt that can be potentially irritating. Finally, avoid contact sports if possible until you are fully healed to reduce the risk of skin abrasion. But it is a good idea to wait at least 48hours before working out after getting a tattoo.

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