Are tattoos really addictive?

Getting a tattoo leads to chemical releases similar to consumption of alcohol and drugs brings about, and leads to addiction to substance.

A person that gets inked for the first time is warned beforehand that getting tattooed is an addictive behavior. Before soon, they will have a full sleeve and back and chest tattoo on them, they are said.

There are quite a few reasons why people reconsider the decision of getting a tattoo for the first time as they cost a lot and ,not to mention, are pretty permanent. Added to this is the myth that once you get a tattoo, you can’t really stop.

People who already have some ink on their bodies know that there is a certain thrill in getting tattoos. The process of getting a tattoo involves a lot of risk. There is a risk of getting infected, of the artist making some mistakes and that of having to deal with the wrong tattoo for life.

Also, there is a high that people feel when they first get a tattoo due to the release of adrenaline and endorphins. This is scientifically proven as the physical pain that comes as consequence of getting inked is considered by the brain as a wound, and chemicals are released to heal it. This gives people a rush of chemicals and positive emotional response after getting a tattoo.

Does that mean getting a tattoo can be addictive because people feel nice by getting a tattoo? Science says no. Scientists around the world have found that getting a tattoo is not addictive, even when one might have multiple tattoos on their body.

In fact, getting a tattoo leads to chemical releases similar to consumption of alcohol and drugs brings about, and leads to addiction to substance. However, the body does not become dependent on these bursts of good-feeling chemicals as it does with substance.

Studies have found that while getting a tattoo alone is not addictive,whether you go for more tattoos mainly depends on the reason behind getting a tattoo. If your main purpose is to have something beautiful and meaningful on your body, without wanting to feel the chemical high, the urge to get other tattoos will fade away soon.

But, if your purpose is to feel the high adrenaline and endorphins or garner attention of others, it is more likely that you will get another one once the initial high of the tattoo fades away.In such a case, the process will repeat and you will have tattoos all over your body before you even realize.

Tattoo experts state that it is actually very infrequent that people make rash decisions regarding a tattoo. The main reason being the physical pain, the permanence and the affordability factor of a tattoo. This means that how many tattoos you get is measured by how much you can afford and not by the need of it.

What kind of tattoos you prefer also determines the number of tattoos and area of your body that the tattoos will cover. It depends on the preferred individual styles of people whether or not they will have a full sleeve tattoo, not the addictive nature of tattoos. If you are content with the tattoo you have, you will not get anymore, but if not, you will continue seeking better modifications.

Research about tattoos is insufficient to state whether or not getting tattoos is addictive. The answer right now is that we don’t know. But most likely, the answer is predicted to be that it is not. In reality, most people wait for at least 2-7 years before getting a second tattoo.

The reasons for the wait can be justified by the costly procedure, permanence of the tattoo and finding a meaningful design. Either way, this shows that people can wait a long time to get a tattoo, unlike addictions that need to satisfied soon at any cost.



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