June 21st, 2013 at 8:25 AM ^

My sleeves are short and attached to my shirt. My one tattoo is of a bottle of Makers Mark. It was my fathers drink of choice. Please excuse my defense of a persons right to put whatever they want on their own body. I feel ever so terrible for hurting your e-feelings. Does my tattoo offend you? Would it if it were on my forearm? On my neck? Please tell me what is acceptable art and where it is acceptable to display said art. Either that, or let me do me and I'll let you do you.

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June 21st, 2013 at 10:56 AM ^

I'd happily defend Trey Burke's right to get any sort of tattoo he wanted.

What I, and others, would question is the good sense in getting an extravagant series of tattoos.  When your future and your potentially vast fortune depend on yhour physical fitness, the risk of Hepatitis C and infection associated with tattoos seems to be an unreasonable one, if not a ridiculous one.

I'd like to think that the Michigan Athletic Department is counseling student-athletes on that risk.

Monocle Smile

June 21st, 2013 at 11:11 AM ^

The risk is present, but overblown if you go to a legit place rather than a seedy dive where a lice-ridden neckbeard named Murph puts it on with a sharpened guitar string. I mean, pro BBall players are almost all inked in some many of them have gotten hepatitis or infection because it of it?

I have one, and I was actually in the shop when the latest delivery of needles arrived. I got to see my needle delivered by the FedEx guy, opened for the first time in front of me...and then sterilized again. I'd need to do some digging, but I wouldn't be shocked if the rates of adverse effects from tattoos varied wildly just between shops.

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June 21st, 2013 at 12:13 PM ^

The generally-recognized increase in risk for hepatitis C is about five times over the general population, using multivariate regression to control for all of the other risky behaviors in the tattoo populace.


June 21st, 2013 at 1:01 PM ^


Can you get Hepatitis C by getting a tattoo or piercing?

A few major research studies have not shown Hepatitis C to be spread through licensed, commercial tattooing facilities. However, transmission of Hepatitis C (and other infectious diseases) is possible when poor infection-control practices are used during tattooing or piercing. Body art is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and unregulated tattooing and piercing are known to occur in prisons and other informal or unregulated settings. Further research is needed to determine if these types of settings and exposures are responsible for Hepatitis C virus transmission.

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June 21st, 2013 at 9:27 PM ^

As for better-quality tattoo parlors...

When William Beaumont Hospital is having serious troubles with infection control at its main Royal Oak campus, it tells me that infections may be a problem anywhere.  Beaumont isn't exactly a better-quality tattoo parlor.  Beaumont is a Level One teaching hospital, with an international reputation for high quality care, and its own Department of Infectious Diseases with a couple dozen board certified specialists.


June 22nd, 2013 at 2:22 PM ^

Sometimes on the internet, people use links to allow the people they're addressing to see and evaluate their sources.

How is this flamebait? AFAICT, the "Baxton meta-study" he mentions is something from 3 years ago on which Jane Baxton is a fourth author, and which does not support the 500% claim except in a certain subgroup that happens to contain people who got prison tattoos FFS. And I can find nothing online about infection control problems at that hospital.


June 21st, 2013 at 9:03 AM ^

First of all, I didn't say anyone was berating anyone else. I think that if you really look at what I said, it was all pretty reasonable. It's my opinion that people can get whatever ink they want and the constant need for people to voice their lack of understanding/approval of tattoos gets to me. As I said before, live and let live.


June 21st, 2013 at 10:06 AM ^

This wasn't a game I was trying to play, I'm not one to try to start shit on the internet and this is a serious request. If someone could say exactly what I said that they disagree with, then I could simply agree to disagree. I was laying the snark on pretty thick with a couple comments, but did anyone actually take offense to what was said?


June 21st, 2013 at 10:36 AM ^

Thank you. I don't even need to agree to disagree because that is a fair assessment. I'll say that I was having a very similar conversation with my family after a few too many ignorant comments about a certain NBA player's tattoos earlier and I was already a little heated about the subject. I stand by my comments and won't take any of them back but also realize I could have conveyed my thoughts in a much better way.


June 20th, 2013 at 11:23 PM ^

...I was thinking about getting Back to the Future. Back, because it's on my back; and future because I'm the kind of guy who who likes to look ahead, into the future. I just think a tattoo should mean something, ya know?    Full of Michael Scott quotes today. Full of 'em. 

Fab and Fresh

June 20th, 2013 at 11:29 PM ^

All rivalries aside, Trey actually existed before he came to Ann Arbor. If that represents where he came from, I think it's a nice addition to his ink collection.