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Regarding Tattoos at Tri-City Prep

By Dr. Halvorson

A tattoo is against the TCP Dress Code which was created by students and, as recently as last spring, was updated by students and approved by the TCP Board of Education. When most people think of a tattoo they think of the tattoo parlors where a professional uses sterilized equipment, safe dyes and artistic designs chosen by the tattoo recipient; but that is not the whole picture.  Historically tattoos go back thousands of years maybe even to the Stone Age.  At different times and places tattoos have had tribal, gang, religious, cultural and even medical significance.

Tattoos have been and still are made in many different ways. Some tattoos are carved into the skin using a piece of bone, shell or a knife and dye is then poured into the wound. Sometimes the wound is packed with a substance that creates a raised scar. Some ancient tattoos were on bones. Prison tattoos are among the most dangerous because of unsanitary conditions, exposure to hepatitis, unavailability of safe products for ink and healing conditions.

There is also a great market for tattoo removal. Dermabrasion (use of sand paper or other mechanical means), salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt), injection or application of a variety of substances including pigeon excrement and laser which takes multiple treatments eight or more weeks apart are among the methods. All removal is susceptible to scarring.

Reasons for removal vary from a change of heart and/or life style to job opportunities. It’s the person’s choice to have a tattoo and the employer’s choice to not hire someone with a tattoo. Tattoos attract certain people and life styles and repel certain people and life styles.  They will always attract attention, be a distraction in certain situations and elicit public comments. Another problem is that words, phrases and names used in a tattoo can change meaning.

To avoid such issues, some persons elect for less permanent tattoos. Henna tattoos stain the skin and usually last a month but can sometimes damage the skin.  There are temporary tattoos for children including stamps, rub-on, metallic, glitter and tattoo markers.

Whatever the type, tattoos are body modifications by creating marks on the skin and as such, drawing on your skin with an ink pen is considered a tattoo and not allowed by the TCP Dress Code. Don’t worry though; you won’t get in trouble for writing your homework assignment on your hand.