The reasons for getting a tattoo cover an incredibly wide range. Some get tattoos to celebrate the most important parts of their lives, like a union with a partner or the birth of a child. Other tattoos are focused on grieving the loss of a loved one, or celebrating their life. There are tattoos that celebrate the lighter sides of life, like cartoons. Yet others give us ties to our history like tribal tattoos or family marks. But what are the health benefits of tattoos?
Tattoos can increase feelings of confidence and improve self-image. Some feel that their tattoos allow them to look more like who they feel on the inside, which can be an essential component of identity. Some tattoos help us feel as though we belong to a community that’s important to us, and others help us express the ways in which we are individuals.