Addiction to The Tattoos, Do Urban Legend or Reality?

In recent decades, the World of tattoos and the view that the society have them It has changed in a radical way. Already few people associated with marginal environments, and is becoming more common to find people in any field, proudly wearing their tattoos.

But, does how many people in a single tattoo? There are no studies on the subject, but surely we all have someone in mind that became a tattoo… and then another, and another, and another. For this reason, many people already speaks of the addiction tattoos, but it is there scientific basis to confirm it?

The Working Group on new addictions of the University Rey Juan Carlos considers that pain plays an important role in the hitch that tattoos have over who has tested them. The segregation of endorphins that occurs during the process of creation of the tattoo It might be similar to some drugs, which cause which explains, in part, the feeling of addiction.

We all know examples of characters famous multitatuados: David Beckham o Angelina Jolie they are, perhaps, the more addicted. And it is likely that also in our close environment we have to someone who, after tattoo for the first time, has entered into a race without end in the decoration of your skin.

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We have compiled the user reviews of tattoo artists, psychologists and tattooed people to shed some light on that bug causing the needles.

Graciela Amador, psychologist of the Universidad Católica de Colombia, supports the theory of addiction. He sees addiction as any compulsive, repetitive Act that provides a temporary gratification, that increases long-term. Stuart Ross, of the Newman University (United Kingdom) It added, moreover, that that gratification is not developed only by the final result of the tattoo, but the process itself, including pain.

On the other side to the consideration of the fact repeatedly tattoo is like an addiction, it is located Viren Swami, psychologist of the University of Westminster (United Kingdom): “People with more than one tattoo take between two and seven years to become the second; they tend not to make rushed decisions because they know what it means to have one». Adriana Guraieb, Argentine psychoanalyst with various publications about tattoos, argues that the reason why people are repeatedly tattoo has nothing to do with an addiction, but with the feeling of being attached to something that lasts, in a society like this where everything seems temporary.

The tattoo artists they are, probably, more about living the reality of customers returning again and again to their studies. Marco Venegas, study Dermagraphic, no doubt: “absolutely, Yes. There is an addiction to tattoos». Reasons based on different variables: the taste for in skin carry a small work of art, the vanity of others praise you tattoo e, has even known cases of persons that the pain produced by the process has come to be pleasant.

Andrea pineapple He believes that the taste for tattoos is defined in two ways: fans, who consider the fact of tattooing as part of his life, and those who do it for fashion, because more and more people tattoos are and want to be part of that group. And it points out that ‘if they really love you tattoos and you can afford it economically… you vicias».

But, think those who have lived it in their own skin? Elena P. It tells us that she started with a small Sun in adolescence and, since then, he has always wanted to continue. Anyway, it rejects somehow addiction theory, since, though he always had in mind become more tattoos, it took nearly ten years to repeat the experience.

Charlotte S. He believes that tattoos addiction can develop. You acknowledge that, when he was around twenty years it began to make sense to her the idea of recording something in the body forever. «I got my first tattoo two years ago and, from the moment in which I left the Studio, I’ve been thinking about what else let me, so… I guess, in a way, yes it can be considered addictive».

It also supports the theory of addiction Isobel Varley, who is considered to be the most tattooed woman in the world. In an interview published some years ago, I recognized that tattoo “is as a drug, an addiction. Everything is to start, because once you do always want more and is difficult to stop».

Finally, the question is When the so-called tattoos addiction becomes a problem. Fany Loya Kings, a degree in psychology and psychotherapy family, stated that “the time to seek help arises when you realize that is affecting your life, be it personal, family or work; When the person loses control and distort reality; When he gets involved in situations that put you at risk and this creates you conflicts with society».