I have a confession to make. I want a tattoo.
I’ve always wanted one. I know that they are frowned upon by some. I know that they are not allowed by certain religions. I know that I don’t want my kids to consider getting tattoos until they are past 25. Hypocritical or not, I think that you shouldn’t get one when you are young because, unlike piercings or wildly colored hair, they are relatively permanent.
I turn 40 in one month, so that is what I’m giving myself. A tattoo. On my lower back so it won’t be seen by many – especially since I am not slender enough for a fan of low slung jeans and tiny shirts that ride up and show your booty.
But – shh - don’t tell my mom. She never reads my blogs, and although, I did apply to be on the television show LA Ink, so if I do get picked (chances are slim to none) I suppose she would find out since she loves TLC.
In any event, can a green mom get a tattoo? If I talk and blog about reducing toxic chemicals in your home and the products you buy, including beauty products, is it hypocritical to choose to get a tattoo? Will that mean I’m not walking the walk?
I’ve been reading through the material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for the inks (actually, pigments) used in permanent tattoos. The MSDSs identify the ingredients used in the pigments. At least some don’t look too bad for a woman done with making babies. So, if you know the ink that is being used, it looks okay. And some pigments can be mixed with relatively benign carriers.
Unfortunately, I have also seen reports of inks intended for automobiles being used, and those contain known carcinogens. And some tattoo pigments can contain “bad” chemicals. It is NOT a well regulated field in terms of ingredients in tattoo pigments. So, red pigment can contain cinnabar and cadmium red, both toxic; orange & yellow can contain cadmium; green can contain lead chromate; and white can be lead white. Plus the carriers can contain propylene glycol or formaldehyde (a known carcinogen).
So, assuming I can work with a tattoo artist that uses safer pigments, is it okay to get a tattoo for a green mom? If my philosophy is smart mamas do it all naturally, can I get a tattoo? What do you think?
Read more from Jennifer on simple steps for non toxic and green homes, babies and kids from Jennifer at her blog The Smart Mama.
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