Body art has a long and varied history throughout the world. In some cultures, it is expected, but in others, it is considered an abuse of one’s body by inks and piercing. Which one is your view will influence not only whether you will pursue this age-old form of body adornment, but also how far you will go once you begin.
It is best to define the various forms of body art first. The one best known by everyone is tattoos. This has been done in most cultures and continues its robust growth and acceptance today. Many celebrities, such as Brittney Spears and Angelina Jolie are well known for their numerous tattoos. If this is what you want, then choose a good tattoo parlor with an autoclave for sterilizing the instruments used in the procedure. If the tools of this trade are not properly sterilized, it is possible to pass on blood-born diseases like hepatitis, so you should choose the establishment to do your tattoo with care.
As for what image you would like for a tattoo, you are only limited by your own imagination. You should, of course, consider the effect a series of large tribal tattoos would have on your job and make the appropriate changes to any idea of large and not easily covered tattoos on your arms or face. Most people will tolerate these kinds of tattoos, but in more corporate types of business there is bound to be some resistance to this most un-corporate form of adornment.
The most likely thing many consider after tattoos is piercing. Judging by the interest in this form of body art, this kind of adornment is becoming almost commonplace. Many men and women have ear piercings, sometimes multiple piercings through one or both of their ears. More adventurous devotees of this form of body decoration will piece their eyebrows, tongue, lips, nipples and regions of the body not to be mentioned in a G-rated article.
Where on your body you get the piercing will, at least to a great degree, influence the amount of pain and the length of time until is no longer painful or likely to become infected. You should certainly ask others you trust about this so you will be prepared for the discomfort involved in whatever type of piercing you choose to have done.
The final thing you should consider is what kind of stainless steel you will use in a piercing. All stainless steels, and note that the term is stain-less and not stain-proof, are in one of four classes. The 200 series of stainless steel contains chromium, nickel and manganese while the 400 and 500 varieties contain chromium, the 500 series a bit less than the 400 series. Best of the stainless steels is the 300 series and the best of these is the 316 series. This variety of stainless steel is considered the most corrosion-resistant of the 300 series and is frequently used on sailing vessels deck hardware because of its superb resistance to the worst enemy of steel—saltwater. If you can find it, use 316 stainless steel for any of your piercings, but if not, any of the 300 series should be fine.