Cosmetic tattooing isnt new:
Cleopatra was rumoured to have had it done, mummies were unearthed with elaborate pattern’s on there skin, Indian’s had henna, and the Japanese had tebori just to name a few; and although times have changed, the basic principles of its application remain largely the same.
Its modern inception began in the late 70′s, when among a small handful of others considered to be it’s pioneer’s, am American woman, Pati Pavlik began to pursue it in a more commercial capacity. This was the beginning of the movement and in 1989 Pati founded the National Cosmetic Tattooing Association.
Today permanent makeup experts in London salons are as common as hairdresser’s and while mostly appealing to women on a cosmetic level, it’s use’s in a surgical capacity also open the market to men, for both sexes its surgical application’s can include:
- Areola re-pigmentation after reconstructive surgery
- Vitiligo (pigmentation of the skin)
- Alopecia (hairloss)
If you are considering cosmetic tattooing in a purely aesthetic capacity, take careful consideration, as hiding ink on your face isnt just a matter of pulling your sleeve down or buttoning your top up a few more holes, though advancement’s in technology, particularly in the last decade mean there are many creams and powders that will atone with the colour of your skin, obviously this would defeat the purpose of having it done in the first place.
All in all, if you were to enter a debate on the subject, you would most likely not be home for dinner… in the next decade;… it all comes down to personal choice and what makes you feel comfortable and happy within your skin, what ever colour that may be.