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Have You Got Plans For A Body Tattoo? You May Lose The Eligibility To…


Tattoo Meaning “To Write”

Tattoos are Awesome. Undoubtedly, a tattoo on few people just grabs our attention without a second thought.

Some personalities ink themselves on many parts of their body. And each of those tattoos narrates a story behind. For example, our own Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli. The one who has got a good number of tattoos all over his arms and shoulders. Notably, the text Scorpion inked on his right bicep, Lord Shiva, and a Samurai warrior with a raised sword on his shoulder and arms.


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Tattoos are very common to see on sports personalities, especially in Football, Basketball, and Cricket. Have you anytime seen a FIFA, NBA, or a Cricket sportsperson without an ink on their body?

It may take some more time for us to come up with a list. There is one other person too whom I can refer here. Remember the body inking on “Michael Scofield”, a structural engineer from the television series “Prison Break”?

Tattoos Are Trendy:

A few years back, body inking among the adults of age group between 20 to 35 was not very common. But now, that is the trend. Starting from the teens who are in their final year of college to the adults working in Information Technology based companies have got body Tattoos nowadays. The increased number of body writing studios which we see around us in the recent times is the best example I can quote to confirm the inking is a trend among youngsters in India.


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The Eligibility:

Please do not think that I am against body inking based on the title of this post. I was interested too to have one on me. But, a bit hesitant now as I got to know about this.

A tattoo on our body might cost us our eligibility to save a life when needed.

Let me be more specific, a person who has got their body inked cannot donate blood for a period of six months to a year. This is not only applicable for the body tattoos but also applicable for Body Piercing.

This above-mentioned fact had pulled me back from getting a tattoo for myself. Please note that the suspension duration mentioned above also depends on the salon and the country from where the person got their body inking done.


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In India, the duration of suspension from donating blood after getting inked is six months. Similarly, every country has got their own restrictions on the duration of the suspension. I had jotted down the suspension duration in some of the countries below for better awareness.

In case of the United States of America, there is no waiting period to donate blood even after a tattoo. But, this is applicable only if you are living in the cities of the USA where a tattoo facility is regulated.

If you have got your tattoo done from the cities like New York, Utah, Pennsylvania, D.C and few more cities where the tattoo facilities are not yet regulated then a person needs to wait for a year before opting to donate blood.


Why Do Blood Banks/Hospitals Deny Blood wrt A Tattoo?

Infection is the one main reason for the denial.

Once after having a skin puncturing tattoo or body piercing using a needle, an individual’s body is injected with heavy traces of antibody elements from the inks leading to a reaction. The person who gets a tattoo is also prone to diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B, and C especially when an unclean needle is used in the process.

The above mentioned is also applicable for the women who undergo Microblading and Permanent Makeup. Remember, they do fall under the category of cosmetic tattoos as they involve pigmentation and ink implants in the skin.

Maybe you are a potential blood donor but a small tattoo on your wrist may place you in a fix. You may be pushed to a spot where you could not help someone who is fighting for their life after a road accident. I felt that it is not worthy to get my body inked when compared to saving ones life if a situation arises.

Still, Couldn’t Resist?

Go on, but…


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  1. Think one more time before hitting the doorstep of the Tattoo parlor or a studio.
  2. Ensure that the tattoo studio you had chosen has got a tattooist with good experience.
  3. It is a must that you see a fresh needle that is going to be used on you. It is also mandatory that you ask the tattooist open the needle in front of you.
  4. Ensure that the tattooist wears clean gloves while inking your body. All the items used in the process need to be properly sterilized.
  5. The professional should not be using an already used ink bottle. The ink he/she use should be from a fresh unopened bottle.
  6. Do not take a risk and compromise your health just to save some extra money.
  7. Ensure that the studio you choose is clean and it is run by a professional.
  8. Not all Tattoo studios might have got trained professionals, Beware.
  9. Do not forget to ask about the care instructions.
  10. It is better to avoid inking your body when you are on a tour. You do not know whether the studio is good or bad.

Are Tattoos Permanent Or Removable?

Yes is the answer for both.

They are permanent, but the color of the ink used is expected to fade. If you are planning to ink on your wrist or at the front space of the fingers, then you may need to consider going for a color touch-up once in fifteen months.

With modern technologies like laser treatment, yes a tattoo can be removed from the skin.

Good To Know:


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Not all countries in the world are tattoo friendly. There are countries who do not encourage people wearing a tattoo on some part of the body and also got a right to not to allow a person into their country if that person wore a tattoo that criticizes their belief. For example,

  • Denmark – No tattoos on Face, Neck, Hands, and Head.
  • Srilanka – No tattoos of Buddha or similar.
  • UAE, Japan- No tattoos are encouraged.

Alrighty then.

Hope you find this post useful and informative. See you all around soon.

Give Blood. Give Life.


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