This post was written by Shelby Carella

So much for expressing yourself. Tattoos have been linked to birth defects, cancer and even death according to a new study by the European Commission of Health.

 

Now some lawmakers want to ban tattoos entirely.

 

However, recent research has shown that tattoo ink is actually much more dangerous to us than originally thought. According to a recent report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the long-term impact is very scary.

Not only is the ink made out of extremely dangerous chemicals, like carcinogens,it has traces of lead, bacteria, nickel and arsenic. As the popularity of getting inked, so do concerns about it causing “cancer, genetic mutations, toxic effects on reproduction, allergies or other adverse effects on health,” the report says. Additionally, the damage to the body’s lymphatic system is probably significant.

As the report gains traction, so do countries researching these health effects. European countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands are working to regulate tattoo application, and possibly “initiate the restriction process”.

So, maybe the question to ask isn’t “does it hurt?”. Maybe it’s “does it hurt my health?”.

 

 

Now top Democrats want to ban tattoos altogether.

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