After getting my first tattoo, I didn’t think much of it.
But it turns out it was one of the most interesting experiences of my life.
“When I had my first ink, I thought, ‘This is great.
It’s going to be like, I’m gonna go on and be a great painter,'” said Lauren Baskin, a senior lecturer in visual arts at the University of Southern California.
But after that first ink session, Baskins and her co-authors decided they wanted to know how the process would unfold.
They conducted an online survey with nearly 400 people, including some who had never had tattoos, to find out what the risks and rewards of a tattoo were.
The results showed a mixed picture.
The majority of participants said they were fine with the risks involved with having a tattoo, but they did think it was important to understand how they would get it.
“It really shows that there are different ways people feel about the tattoo,” Baskis said.
“And it also shows that they may have different reasons for wanting it, but the process and the consequences of those decisions can be very different.”
For the most part, participants said their tattoo experience had been positive.
“We got a tattoo and we thought, Wow, this is awesome,” said one woman who said she got her first tattoo in January.
She had a pretty good experience with the tattoo itself, with a large ink jet.
“I thought, This is amazing, I’ve got something so cool and special,” she said.
But there was also a lot of uncertainty about what the tattoo would look like.
“The ink was on my arm and the tattoo was in my back,” said another woman who got her tattoo in February.
“It was weird and confusing.
It took a little bit of time to get used to that.”
For Bask, who has worked with tattoo artists for nearly 15 years, the results of the survey suggested there were risks and benefits associated with getting a tattoo.
The most common risks were: not being able to work or socialize because the ink could be seen by other people, being in public and exposing yourself to people, and being unable to have a tattoo for too long.
For Basking, the risks were not necessarily associated with being a female.
In fact, her survey found that women tend to be more concerned about the risks associated with having tattoos.
In other words, Basking said the majority of tattooers she spoke with were more comfortable with getting tattoos than their male counterparts.
And for women who are worried about having tattoos, the survey found there are benefits to having a body art, too.
“There is a certain amount of comfort to having something that you feel is a part of you,” said Baski.
Baski said her team plans to continue conducting research to find more effective ways to help people understand the benefits of having tattoos and the risks of not having them.
She also plans to provide advice to those who get tattoos to make sure they are making the right decision for their body art.
“Our goal is to help them to make the right choice,” Basksis said, adding that the survey could also help her to develop new ways of offering support to people who are new to tattoos.
Read more about tattoos and body art here:The National Tattoo Association said it has been monitoring the survey results.
“This research highlights the importance of body art and the benefits to individuals of having it,” said Sarah Eichler, spokeswoman for the National Tatto and Performer Association, which represents more than 150 tattoo artists.
The National Association of Broadcasters and Television Photographers, which provides ratings and other information for broadcasters, said in a statement it was monitoring the study and would provide more information as soon as it becomes available.