Negatives of Having Tattoo

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Monday, May 4, 2009
NEGATIVE SIDE OF TATTOOS-- informative speech outline
Topic: Presentation about Ideas

Organization: Topical

Specific Purpose: I would like my audience to understand three negative effects of getting tattoos.


I. Attention Getter: Thirty years ago the percentage of people with tattoos was one percent. Today that number has increased to one in four.

II. Relevance: The art of tattoos can be dated as far back to 2000 B.C. Back then tattooing was used for such things as rituals or for cultural purposes. Today it is popular for expressing oneself and portraying individuality.

III. Credibility: As a fan of individuality, I've gone through the excitement and pain of getting a tattoo. Getting a tattoo is becoming more and more popular amongst college students.

IV. Thesis: Like most others I've thought little about the negative effects a tattoo can have. The unfortunate side to tattooing is most of the time out-shined by the excitement of getting one. Negative products include health risks, society rejection and tattoo removal.


I. When getting a tattoo, you are risking your health. Major health problems have resulted from tattoos. This can be caused by dirty needles and equipment or simply the body's rejection or allergic reaction to the tattoo.

A. When it comes to sanitation of the needles being used to tattoo, most people have been lucky. Those who haven't most likely resulted in acquiring such diseases as impetigo, cellulitis, herpes simplex and even viral warts. The most popular amongst the health risks would be Hepatitis C. This deadly disease can be spread by dirty needles or shared needles. The virus affects the liver, is incurable and has no vaccine. In December of 2003 a Texas Jury awarded a woman $551,600 after she learned she became ill with the disease. Her only risk factor was a tattoo she'd gotten. The percentage of hepatitis C infections accounted for more than twice as many...
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