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Tattooed New Yorkers Report Nasty Skin Conditions

The following warning came in an article at dated May 28, 2015 titled “Tattooed New Yorkers Report All Kinds of Nasty Skin Conditions.” Below are some excerpts from the article:

“Folks in New York who’ve gotten tattooed sometimes receive a little something extra – a “rash, severe itching or swelling that lasted longer than four months and, in some cases, for years, according to researchers.

“Up to 6 percent of the city’s inked populace has incurred an irritating medical condition linked to tattoos, says NYU physician Marie Leger and others in Contact Dermatitis. The most-protracted conditions seem to strike those who get injected with certain colors; 44 percent of people reported chronic skin conditions from red ink, 25 percent from black…..

“Leger says that among those who do contract a skin condition there can be significant pain – sores sprouting up in non-inked parts of the body, for instance, or itchy, raised lesions that require laser treatment or surgery.”

Read the entire article.

Rev. Malkmus Comments…

Here in St. Augustine, Florida, our home is only a few miles from the beach. On most nice days we drive to the beach and walk a couple of miles barefoot along the ocean’s shoreline. As is the case at most beaches, the people are rather scantily clothed and ever since we moved here over a year ago, I have noted how many people have tattoos.

I have sometimes remarked to Rhonda that they must have been intoxicated to have their bodies pierced with needles in order to receive a tattoo! I often wondered if the ink found in tattoos was somehow harmful. This article confirmed my concern. Would you get a tattoo after reading this?


  1. News late 2014 came out showing that many inks used in tattooing contained nasty heavy metals. Many health professionals (oxymoron??) were worried about the long term effects… especially how the metals may affect future pregnancies.

    But, doesn’t the good Lord tell us to treat our bodies as a temple? Yet, despite that, the younger generations in our churches, and even older members too, are getting tattooed at ever increasing rates. Is this possibly one of the many signs that the beginning of the end is near?

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