Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 9:
In the smart city Bhubaneswar tattoos are trending and how! It has become a pleasure pain style statement to sport a tattoo which is a personal expression on your body with designs that has made an impact. Age and gender no bar people want to ink themselves with designs which can be a small little art to a full body description.
A few designs which made eyeballs roll have been first timers in the capital city. Ananta Prasad proudly displays his Nabakalebara tattoo which was designed and inked for the very first time in Bhubaneswar by Om Acharya a certified designer of Skivas studio.
“I am proud of this beautiful design as it is the first of its kind in the world and took 15 hours to get completed but was worth every pin prick and pain,” reminisces Ananta. Designer Om said,”Whenever I am reprimanded by relatives that one day I will regret all that ink on my body, my prompt reply has always been that I have my family,beliefs, memories and dreams tattooed on myself. Why would I ever regret that?”
Aishwarya who has inked a colourful dream catcher on her back said “My design is based on my love for a free spirit and I want my dreams to convert into realities.” Young girls and boys have made body art a canvas to express their inner most feelings and proudly flaunt it around not caring for the pain they have to sit through for the tattoo.
Mrityunjay got his bio-mechanical tattoo done which took 18 hours and is a first time in Bhubaneswar. This is a surrealistic style of art that combines elements of machines with organics.
There are designs with the national bird inked with a rich and flamboyant plumage cascading down .
With popularity comes concern about potential health risks and it is necessary to be alert about the do’s and don’ts of getting inked. Be careful of infection which comes from dirty needles and pass infections, like hepatitis and HIV, from one user to the other. Allergies to various ink pigments in both permanent and temporary tattoos have been reported and can cause problems. Unwanted scar tissue may form when getting or removing a tattoo. Small knots or bumps known as Granulomas may form around material that the body perceives as foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment. People may have swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Facts to know before and after being inked:
- Knowledge about the studio where you will get your tattoo done
- Look through the works of the artist
- Do not ink the inside of your palm and feet
- Get a full night sleep, do not consume alchohol, drink lots of water and have a good meal before getting inked
- You should be above 18 and people with medical conditions should carry the doctors permission
- Avoid soaking the tattoo in water
- Do not expose to direct sunlight
- Do not scratch or pick the tattoo
- Do not wear tight fitting clothes
This happens rarely and does not last long but it is always wise to take precautions while pampering yourself with inking moments you cherish .