As a New Yorker, every day now, my sight is assaulted by images of people with Tattoos. I see them on men's and women's arms; above the cleavage of women's breasts which a lot of women have been showing off up here for the last few years; on the legs and hands; behind the neck; on the belly - on and on! It disgusts me to no end! Some of the Tattoo writings can't even be read, and some of the images are frankly vile. I have even seen children with Tattoos! I have to wonder at the quality of the parents who would allow such a thing! The final obscenity are television shows, one titled "NY Ink" for New York. Indeed, there are other pro-Tattoo television and YouTube shows as well.
For myself, I like the look of good, clean, healthy skin! Tattoos for me are a complete 100% turnoff. As a single, heterosexual male, I like to look at an attractive woman. However, if she has any tattoos on her at all, then I turn off! I don't care if she has a sexy figure; or a beautiful face; or gorgeous hair; or any of the other things that would make a man attracted to a woman. This one thing alone, to me, is a disgusting. It tells me many negative things about the person. Number 1, they don't care about their health and/or their skin and their thinking is corrupt; Number 2, they may be using drugs; Number 3, they may also be involved in some cult, street gang, or other anti-social group; Number 4, they may be sexually promiscuous and have AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases; Number 5, they have or had a lover with whom they broke up with and his name or her name is tattooed somewhere on their body, but he (or she) is still in the picture! Why should I or any sexually healthy individual want to waste their time with them?
One notable example of a woman who would be very beautiful in my mind, but has ruined herself with Tattoos is Angelina Jolie. She is definitely a competent actress and I like some of the roles she has starred in, notably "The Bone Collector"; but unfortunately, this Tattoo obsession of hers does not make her a role-model for young women, and she would definitely turn me off if I was ever to meet her in real life.
When we examine this phenomenon of body-marking taking place today, we can see the prophecies of the Book of Revelation emerging from the shadows; people today WILL accept the 666 Mark that the Bible predicts is to come!
THE BIBLICAL PROHIBITION AND THE PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT
This Scripture below is self-explanatory:
Leviticus 19:28 from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Translation
"You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord."
Did you read that? Did you understand? The Lord God is saying "NO" to Tattoos! He said this to the Israelites, and He is saying it to us today! Now let us look at this Prophetic Scripture that is to be fulfilled in the near future:
Revelation 13:1-18 from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Translation
"Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six."
This is a Mark of Damnation! Here is the result of taking this Mark or Tattoo:
Revelation 14:9-12 from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Translation
"Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus."
This is very plain and clear language. God is saying that anyone who receives this Mark on their forehead or on their hand, that individual will experience God's Wrath, and that Wrath will last Forever! Read this again: . . . drink of the wine, which means to experience God's Wrath in full measure; tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, means that this experience of wrath will be public and in front of Jesus Christ Himself; and then, the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; . . . no rest day and night! That is a description of Hell; Gehenna; forever suffering!
Lest any of the above is lost on you who are reading this, then let these on-line searches which I have done, prove illuminating.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a survey conducted in 2004 showed that of 500 people between the ages of 18 and 50, 25% reported having a tattoo and 14 percent had a body piercing in a location other than the ear lobe; 34% had ear lobe piercings.
American Academy of Dermatology
"The Academy has also stated that "Tattoo pigments may contain industrial organic pigments, including azo and polycyclic compounds, sandalwood and brazilwood, as well as aluminum, cadium, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, silica, sulphur, titanium dioxide and barium sulphate, each of which may be the cause of a skin reaction like a rash or be toxic."
Aluminum is definitely toxic to the human body. At least one study that I read years ago discussed a link between Aluminum and Alzheimer's disease. You can check this website:
which will give you the Article: "Aluminum and Alzheimer's disease". Do you want to lose your cognitive abilities because of a Tattoo?
REMOVAL OF TATTOOS
The Academy also has this information on its website:
* Tattoos can be removed, although results may vary depending on the inks used and the depth of the tattoo. Dark blue, red, some lighter blues and green inks all respond well to laser treatment, but the best candidates for tattoo removal are people with light skin who have a black ink tattoo.
* Lasers may be able to remove the tattoo without scarring, but may require several treatments. Other options include dermabrasion and surgical removal. A dermatologist can determine which method is best.
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
WebMD has the following on this web link:
WebMD: Tattoos: What You Need to Know
"The following are the primary complications that can result from tattooing:
Infection: Unsterile tattooing equipment and needles can transmit infectious diseases, such as hepatitis. The risk of infection is the reason the American Association of Blood Banks requires a one-year wait between getting a tattoo and donating blood. It is extremely important to make sure that all tattooing equipment is clean and sterilized before use. Even if the needles are sterilized or never have been used, it is important to understand that in some cases the equipment that holds the needles cannot be sterilized reliably because of its design. In addition, the person who receives a tattoo must be sure to care for the tattooed area properly during the first week or so after the pigments are injected.
Removal problems: Despite advances in laser technology, removing a tattoo is a painstaking process, usually involving several treatments and considerable expense. Complete removal without scarring may be impossible.
Allergic reactions: Although allergic reactions to tattoo pigments are rare, when they happen they may be particularly troublesome because the pigments can be hard to remove. Occasionally, people may develop an allergic reaction to tattoos they have had for years.
* Granulomas: These are nodules that may form around material that the body perceives as foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment.
Keloid formation: If you are prone to developing keloids -- scars that grow beyond normal boundaries -- you are at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo. Keloids may form any time you injure or traumatize your skin.
* MRI complications: There have been reports of people with tattoos or permanent makeup who experienced swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This seems to occur only rarely and apparently without lasting effects.
* There also have been reports of tattoo pigments interfering with the quality of the image. This seems to occur mainly when a person with permanent eyeliner undergoes MRI of the eyes. Mascara may produce a similar effect. The difference is that mascara is easily removable.
A website titled "Lovetoknow.com" has this information on Skin Infections:
"Getting a Tattoo
Tattoos are made by placing small amounts of colored ink underneath the skin. Most often, this is done with a special machine called a tattoo gun. The machine moves a needle rapidly up and down. As it's moved across the skin, the needle injects the ink in tiny dots. A tattoo artist controls the needle, creating lines and patterns that become the tattoo.
Because the needle pierces the skin, getting a tattoo can be bloody. If the artist does it right, there shouldn't be a lot of blood, but there will usually be some. This is why tattoos carry a risk of blood-borne diseases, including HIV and hepatitis. Tattoos can also lead to skin infections, either because the needle itself carries bacteria or because the damaged skin lets infection in from other sources."
Skin Infections from Tattoos
Breaking the skin is a required part of inking and skin infections are more likely to happen when skin is damaged. Normal skin provides protection from bacteria and viruses that live in our everyday environment. Any break in the skin can let bacteria or viruses in. Skin infections related to tattoos are most often caused by bacteria.
Recognizing an Infection
A tattoo will take several days to heal, and the skin will look red and feel tender at first. Redness may take a couple of weeks to disappear completely. Clear fluid, sometimes with a yellowish tint, may appear at first but should dry up over the first few days. However, infection can interfere with healing and make the site unusually painful. Here are some signs to look for:
* Increased pain
* Increasing redness
* Warmth greater than that of surrounding skin
* Red streaks coming from the tattoo site
* Pus or cloudy fluid coming from the tattoo area
* A bad odor
* Swollen lymph nodes
Read the above again very carefully. Phrases such as "breaking the skin", "piercing the skin", "risk of blood-borne diseases", "HIV and hepatitis", "skin infections caused by bacteria", "bad odor", "pus" - are you hearing any "alarms" going off in your mind now saying "Don't Do It?" You should!
UNLICENSED TATTOO ARTISTS AND RISKS
It isn't enough that Tattoos can cause disease, destroy skin, and compromise the body's immune system; there are unscrupulous tattoo "artists" who don't care about the cleanliness of their instruments or their work. Check these websites below.
Illegal Ink: Unlicensed tattoos a health risk
According to the website chacha.com, "The risks of getting a tattoo from an unlicensed artist are health related; untrained artists are more likely to have lax hygenic standards, contributing to the spread of hepatitis B and C as well as other infections. See a licensed, trained, artist."
Another website, life 123.com, at this web link, has the below information:
"Although you might imagine that a tattoo infection wouldn't be life threatening, this isn't always the case. Six clusters of skin infections with the aggressive skin bacteria MRSA were uncovered among tattoo recipients in three different states in 2004. These tattoos were performed by unlicensed tattoo artists who used unsterilized equipment. Some of the tattoo recipients required hospitalization and I.V. antibiotics. Another serious type of infection that can occur from the use of unsterilized tattoo equipment is hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that infects the liver and can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death. A study published in the journal Medicine in March 2000 showed that tattoos may be the most common way of contracting the hepatitis C virus. This sobering news certainly shows the importance of taking precautions to reduce the risk of tattoo infection."
Consider these phrases: "Life threatening"; "Aggressive Skin Bacteria MRSA"; "Hospitalization"; "Hepatitis C infecting the liver leading to cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death"; if you aren't afraid now, or don't hear any mental alarms going off in your head, then you are definitely in trouble!
This website, offbeatink.com, also discusses the risks and shows some pretty gruesome images:
Beware Of Unlicensed Tattoo Artists
The website "London Borough of Barking & Dagenham" has this information: "Illegal tattoo artists and body piercers on the rise"
"Barking and Dagenham Council dealt with around 10 investigations of unlicensed skin piercers in 2011. The illicit businesses usually operate from private homes, pubs, clubs or by visiting clients’ homes. Licensed tattooists and body piercers usually operate from commercial premises.
There are major health risks if the piercer has not properly sterilized their equipment. This can range from minor skin irritations to serious blood-borne viruses like hepatitis and HIV.
Unlicensed practitioners are often more lax when it comes to checking the age of customers - under 18s cannot have tattoos in the UK. They are also less likely to ask about the medical history of their customers, something which could have a bearing on whether the procedure is carried out.
For these reasons, anyone who thinks they might have had a tattoo or body piercing done by an unlicensed person is strongly advised to visit their GP for a health check.
Unlicensed tattooists or body piercers face sentences of up to two years and unlimited fines. Equipment can also be seized and destroyed by the local authority. Health and safety practitioners working for the council can check whether licensed operators have the correct training and qualifications. They check equipment and hygiene standards to make sure everything is safe."
The very ink that Tattoo "artists" use can lead to ink poisoning. Check out this web link on ehow.com:
ehow.com: How Does Ink Poisoning Happen?
So, do you still want a Tattoo? If after reading the above information, you still insist and want one of these, please understand that anyone with wisdom will ostracize you from their group; some employers and even some in the Military will not allow you within their ranks; unless of course people change and disregard wisdom. Society is changing and the institutions of employment and the Military seem to be relaxing their negativity towards Tattoos. They may decide that they all want Tattoos - which they will when Antichrist comes and demands that the 666 Mark be put on all people.
We are so close to the End Time! Are you awake now?
Mayo Clinic Tattoos: Understand risks and precautions
American Academy of Dermatology
WebMD: Tattoos: What You Need to Know
CNN.COM: Health Library
Dailymail.co.uk - You may think tattoos look cool now, Peaches, but they'll be hell to get rid of (and it'll cost you thousands)
Star News: Illegal Ink: Unlicensed tattoos a health risk
ChaCha.com: "What are the risks of getting a tattoo by an unlicensed artist?"
Life123.com: Tattoo Infection Risks
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