Thanks to a study at the University of Alabama, you may be able to use “staying healthy” as a reason to get tattooed.
Dr. Christopher Lynn, an associate professor of anthropology, received a tattoo and realized he was physically drained from the process. “They don’t just hurt while you get the tattoo, but they can exhaust you,” Lynn said. “It’s easier to get sick. You can catch a cold because your defenses are lowered from the stress of getting a tattoo.”
I know that doesn’t sound like it helps all that much, but that is what can happen with your initial tattoo. Over time as you get more, your immune system continues to become stronger.
Here’s the scientific reasoning; “The study found that levels of immunoglobulin A dropped significantly in those receiving initial tattoos, as would be expected because of the immunosuppressant effects of cortisol, responding to the stress of tattooing. But the immunoglobulin A decrease was less marked among those receiving tattoos more frequently. When receiving a tattoo, the body mobilizes immunological agents to fight possible infections at the site of the new tattoo.”
The comparison was made to that of a when a person works out. The body and muscles are sore and take a while to recover when you first begin working out, but over time the muscles become stronger and are not as sore as they were in the beginning.
If only I could get my Doctor to write me a prescription for tattoos.