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Tattoos! A Visual Menace or Auspicious Trend?



Is it just me or are tattoos, on the Nigerian social scene, becoming a “sight-menace” with visual harmful effects, to innocent citizens, going about their everyday activities.

It’s absolutely ridiculous, the way we copy  imported trends, without incorporating a lick of sense, in personalizing it to fit our values, personal style or culture. The tattoo rave that is currently gripping the Nigerian celebrity sect and the local young boy or girl in the hood, is a perfect example of a failed imported trend. It’s almost as if, imprinting  permanent  tattoos on ones’ body in Naija, is now an affirmation to self, that one is a “star” or is a rebel or have “arrived”

Did you know that tatoo can cause cancer? According to a 2012 Danish Environmental Protection Agency study, certain tattoo inks can be toxic and contain compounds that have the potential to cause cancer.Cancer-causing chemicals were found in 83 percent of black ink, which is the most popular colour for tattoos.Tattoos in itself are made by injecting  ink beneath a layer of the skin where it remains under the skin decomposed or until the the ink is removed through laser surgery.

Don’t get it twisted, tattoos are not in itself wrong. In fact tattoos, can be wonderful/sexy body adornment, when done properly,  as regards to shade, style, size, for it is, an art in itself.  Though some tattoos, may not make sense to the onlooker, it usually connotes deep philosophical meanings/slogans or mantra, to the tattooed individual.  This seems not, to be the case in recent times, as, we are continually assaulted, at social gatherings, events, or even religious gatherings, with huge grotesque tattoos, that seems to jump out and assault your visual senses, as soon as, you are unfortunate enough to look their way.

If you absolutely, must have a tattoo, keep it classy and not offensive , for perception is the magical key, to dream-making or dream-breaking opportunities. Besides it’s my personal opinion, that the lady above, will wake up someday soon and realise that she is neither, Li Wayne, Rick Ross or Nelly , and get sick of looking at that hideous super-extra-large tattoo on her collarbone.



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