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

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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

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
5/9--Artist list 
6/9--Care of new tattoos 
7/9--General care/removal 
8/9--Misc. info 

There is also a short, separate FAQ on alternative bodyart, which
includes brandings and cuttings.


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.


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Sharing the files on an individual basis: You may copy, archive (ftp and
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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:,
~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, 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 <>

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!"


The 9 parts of the Tattoo FAQ files of rec.arts.bodyart, and the
information provided in each:


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

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.

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?


--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?

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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." --

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Throughout time, we can see how we have been carefully conditioned coming to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that Jesus foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?

In Revelation 13:16-18, it states,

"He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles--Revelation 19:20) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."

Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why's that? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!

These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one "OR" the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate both places, or one--not one OR the other!

This is where it comes together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the implantable RFID microchip. Here are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID chip:

"Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places the Bible says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, criminal record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip."

Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appe (...)

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