Tattoos are paintings, markings or artworks done on the skin. They can be in the form of pictures, texts, patterns, designs, people. Reasons for drawing tattoos include the following:

  • As a means of beautifying the skin and overall appearance
  • As a way of identifying with a group or belief
  • As an expression of an opinion or a symbol of an idea
  • For religious and spiritual purposes
  • For cosmetic purposes and medical purposes

Tattoos can either be semi-permanent or permanent. However, whether temporary or permanent, tattoos also belong to different classifications. These classifications include:

  • Tribal tattoos:

Tribal tattoos are drawn by people, as a way of linking themselves to spiritual entities, energies or beliefs that form part of their cultural heritage or family lineage.

  • Animal Tattoos: 

Animal tattoos are done as a way of connecting to different animals, as a way of expressing love for them or because you believe in the qualities possessed by these animals.

  • Chinese Tattoos: 

Chinese tattoos are the drawings of Chinese symbols on the skin as an expression of ideas, coded messages or just as a means of beautifying the skin.

  • Japanese Tattoos:

Japanese culture and heritage are the sources of this kind of tattoos. They are often expressions of courage, sex appeal or deep mystic meanings.

  • Blackwork Tattoos:

Blackwork Tattoos are tattoos done with the use of just the color black and its origin can be dated back to the past; even before other colors were included in the drawing of tattoos.

Normal And Semi-permanent Tattoos:

Semi-permanent tattoos are tattoos that are drawn to last for a short time, unlike normal tattoos that last permanently. These tattoos are usually expected to last between six weeks to six months. An example of semi-permanent tattoos is henna.

Just like normal tattoos, they are also drawn on the skin and for medical, cosmetic, spiritual, cultural reasons, for communicating messages or for connecting to an idea or a group.

Differences between Normal and Semi-permanent tattoos:

There are differences in the method by which they are drawn and the effects these methods create. Some of these differences between Normal and Semi-Permanent Tattoos include:

  • Duration: The first difference between these tattoos is the duration of time they are expected to last. Normal tattoos are expected to last forever; be permanent on your skin. The only way they can be removed is by using laser treatment. This method is quite expensive. Not only are they expensive, but they are also painful. However, semi-permanent tattoos are done to last for a short while; usually between six weeks and six months. They usually fade away on their own. They can be removed by using hydrogen peroxide if the individual has a change of mind.
  • The Possibility of A Change of Mind: Another difference between both tattoos is the possibility of changing your mind. This is one reason and benefit of using a semi-permanent tattoo. You can always change your mind if you decide you do not want them on your skin anymore. However, even if you have a change of mind with permanent tattoos, you have to live with your decision for the rest of your life. If an error was made in the process or if your perception about tattoos changes with time, you would still have to live with the tattoo on your skin. 

Semi-permanent tattoos can also be used as a way to test what the effect and impact of getting a permanent tattoo would be. This way, you could decide if you want a change of the design or pattern and if you would be comfortable having it inscribed on your skin for the rest of your life. You can also decide to go for a new tattoo when you want it done permanently.

  • Painless Process: The Semi-permanent tattoos are usually done through a painless process, unlike normal tattoos. Normal tattoos would involve some level of pain depending on the type and design of the tattoo. The level of pain can be traumatic for some individuals. The process of getting a normal tattoo done would involve cutting or piercing the upper layer of the skin; this would also cause some sort of bleeding from that spot. It would also need some time to heal before the actual design can be well-formed. The semi-permanent tattoos do not involve all these processes; they are just drawn on the outer layer of the skin. 
  • Safety: Semi-permanent tattoos are considered safer than normal tattoos. They do not require the cutting or piercing of the skin so the risks involved with doing so are eliminated. The risks involved include contracting blood-related diseases from the use of objects that have not been sterilized. Skin infections can also be contracted through this process. Though there have been few cases of allergies for those who have done semi-permanent tattoos, these cases are about 0.03% and they can be avoided by just ensuring your skin is not allergic to the ink that would be used.
  • Type of Ingredients: Semi-permanent tattoos are drawn by using organic ingredients while normal tattoos are drawn using chemical inks. This is another factor that determines the duration through which they last. Normal tattoos are achieved by using a needle to insert pigmented granules right under the topmost part of the skin layer. There are possibilities of the skin reacting to both kinds of tattoos but the challenge with normal tattoos is that it would be difficult to remove the irritant.
  • Ease of Process: Semi-permanent tattoos require a less difficult and uncomplicated process than normal tattoos. Besides the ink drying on the skin, they do not require time to heal like it is with getting normal tattoos. The process itself is done much quicker because it does not involve piercing the skin as normal tattoos would involve.

The major advantage normal tattoos seem to have over semi-permanent tattoos is that they last much longer. Once they have been drawn, they last for a lifetime; eliminating the cost, time and effort needed to have them drawn over and over again.

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