It Turns Out Tattoos are Actually Good for Your Health, Says Science

March 10, 2016   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
March 10, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) Though tattoos have been the subject of controversy since they slipped from counterculture into the mainstream, as it turns out, getting multiple tats may actually be good for your immune system.

The public has long-associated tattoos with disease — a reputation earned for sleazy, unsanitary, backroom tattoo shops that don’t properly care for their tools. But a new study by the University of Alabama has found getting multiple tattoos comes with an unexpected bonus: a significant boost to the immune system.

According to researchers, who studied volunteers receiving their first or subsequent inkings by artists in shops in Leeds and Tuscaloosa, the benefits occur after the subject receives their second tattoo. Measuring the participants’ levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, as well as the presence of the stress hormone cortisol, researchers found something significant:

“Among the participants who had their first tattoo, the escalating cortisol levels caused a huge decrease in immunoglobulin A,” Tech Times reported. “But for those with multiple tattoos, they had only slight drops in immunoglobulin A levels before and after the sessions. Researchers suggested this could be due to a stronger immune response.”

After such a stress response by the body, it returns to a set equilibrium. But after receiving multiple tattoos — which are repeated stressors — the body’s set points are raised, suggesting the immune system is strengthening. Immunoglobulin A is one of the best defenses against common infections such as an ordinary cold.

“People with more tattoo experience have a statistically smaller decrease in immunoglobulin A from before to after,” explained Dr. Christopher Lynn, an associate anthropology professor from University of Alabama.

Though the study was limited in scope, with only 24 female and five male participants between the ages of 18 and 47, its findings show a great deal of promise for the study of the immune system. Results were published in the American Journal of Human Biology last week.


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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. I think tattoos are awesome but that is not really what this study says. Its essentially saying your body adapts to the systemic stress of getting tattoos and has a more specific response for that specific stimulus. Immunoglobulin particles have different epitopes or binding sites that selectively multiply to deal with experienced stimuli. Ie the ones that fit well on whatever particle was introduced are chosen for to stick around and multiply for next time. These are most likely not the same IGAs with epitopes that recognize a completely different particle from tattoo ink like a cold virus.

    Get all the tattoos that bring joy to your life and I'm sure the hapiness provided from that has positive effects on psyche which is super tied with physical health but don't get a sleeve to fight colds

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  2. Tattoos are kinda like piercings to me. Some look nice but too much is gross.

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  3. BS!!! You are setting yourself up for Auto-Immune diseases! What is described in the article is exactly how they begin. smh!

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  4. this is bullshit- " the study was limited in scope, with only 24 female and five male participants between the ages of 18 and 47,"

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  5. yet another study that ends up with results that say 10 different things to 10 different people. Seems we can't agree on anything without bringing our own bias to the subject.

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  6. Hello science!!! Why dont you get a tattoo done!!! Ask those who had tattoos done in their teens , 20ys and now are in their 40 . 50 … how they feel about their fading tattoos ingraved on their bodies senctuary. Not a pretty picture at all. Not mentioning the risk of Hepatitis or other diseases transmited hrough the tattoo's process.

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  9. there are also risks of diseases by having sex, but I bet that doesn't stop you from gettin down with the bad thang. ya just gotta do it safely. same with getting a tattoo. as for the morality behind it..erroneous. thats just your opinion, which is stupid, in my opinion

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  10. Yeah, I'm shocked that wasn't the conclusion they came to. It seems more like the cortisol levels are raised during the first one because you don't know what to expect, and are subsequently reduced with each tattoo due to familiarity. Stress habituation.

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  11. knew a surgeon who called it the "tattoo factor" or the " tattoo to gunshot ratio" (we worked in trauma), so the more tattoos a person has the harder it is to kill them, or to kill them the gunshots have to outnumber the tattoos. nonscientific for sure, just observations in the gun and knife ER/OR

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  14. I don't think there is evidence that people with multiple diseases have auto-immune disorders, the majority of which are inheretied. Under your logic, working in a daycare or nursing home or any other place which exposes yourimmune system would likewise set you up for auto-immune disorder.

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    Honestly, you almost never read data about thousands of sample subjects and the various factors that affect their current state of health. Location, the environment, their internal environment, genetic adaptation and mutations, food etc etc.

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