Body Art Smarts
Advertisement
Advertisement

Body Art Smarts

From henna tattoos to body paint, body art is on the rise. Test your body-art smarts with our quiz.

Begin Quiz
Body Art Smarts
Body Art Smarts
Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is considered body art?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: All of the above. Body modification, also called body art, refers to a number of practices that alter the body's appearance.

Body Art Smarts
Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: The FDA regulates tattoo ink.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate tattoo pigments. Those pigments were originally developed to color paint and industrial products, and have never actually been tested in humans for safety.

Body Art Smarts
Question 3 of 20 Correct

What percentage of teenagers have a body piercing (other than on the earlobes)?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Almost 27 percent of the teenagers surveyed had a body piercing (other than on the earlobes). Body modification is becoming increasingly popular and common. Multiple piercings were reported by almost 12 percent of teenagers surveyed.

Body Art Smarts
Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Body modification may be an indicator of other high-risk behavior in teenagers.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Those who have body piercings or tattoos also report using drugs and alcohol, smoking, eating disorders and sexual activity. Teenagers with body art also have a higher risk of suicide.

Body Art Smarts
Question 5 of 20 Correct

Is body modification more common in teenage girls or boys?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Among teenagers, girls are more likely than boys to have tattoos and body piercings.

Body Art Smarts
Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Body modification is a sign of mental illness.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: It depends. Body modification can be a healthy expression of individuality, but it also can indicate psychological problems such as body dysmorphic disorder, a condition in which a person obsesses about perceived flaws.

Body Art Smarts
Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most tattoo pigments are sterile.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Most inks/pigments are from non-sterile bottles. Some companies do make sterile pigments, which cost much more than the non-sterile ones, so they're harder to find.

Body Art Smarts
Question 8 of 20 Correct

What are the health risks of getting a tattoo?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: All of the above. Because pigment is not sterile, bacteria and viruses can contaminate it, and infections can come from parts of the machine that can't be sterilized (even though the artist may think his machine is spotless).

Body Art Smarts
Question 9 of 20 Correct

Can a tattoo cause an allergic reaction?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Yes, it can. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine documented cases of intense itching of a tattooed area that didn't respond to steroids or laser therapy, and made it necessary for skin excision and grafts.

Body Art Smarts
Question 10 of 20 Correct

What should be used to disinfect your skin before a tattoo?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Many tattoo artists use alcohol, but Betadine is better because it lasts longer and kills a wider variety of bugs. It needs to be placed wet and allowed to dry to really work.

Body Art Smarts
Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Laser tattoo removal hurts.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Both getting tattoos and having them taken off can be uncomfortable. The impact of the energy from the laser's pulse of light has been described as the same feeling you get when hot specks of bacon grease hit your skin.

Body Art Smarts
Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Any adverse reactions from tattoos occur within the first few days of getting inked.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Reactions can last anywhere from four months to several years. A small study from New York University found that 10% of people who get a tattoo experience infections, itching and other adverse reactions after getting inked; 6% had reactions that lasted four months or longer, and some had reactions that lasted for years.

Body Art Smarts
Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can remove permanent makeup with special washes.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Permanent makeup is a tattoo that looks like eyeliner, lipstick or another type of makeup. It requires a laser to remove it.

Body Art Smarts
Question 14 of 20 Correct

What are potential adverse reactions to permanent makeup?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: All of the above. The most common reactions are localized itching and swelling. Some individuals become allergic to the dyes in their tattoos years after they undergo the procedure. Other potential adverse reactions to permanent makeup may include scar formation, keloids, granulomas, skin cracking, bleeding and local infection.

Body Art Smarts
Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Henna comes from a plant.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Mehndi is the practice of decorating the skin with henna, a dye that comes from a plant. However, para-phenylenediamine, or PPD, is one chemical that is added to henna and can cause skin irritations.

Body Art Smarts
Question 16 of 20 Correct

Besides the ear lobes, what's the safest place to get a piercing on your body?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Other than the lobes and the bellybutton, you're increasing your risk of infection and other long-term issues if you pierce in other areas.

Body Art Smarts
Question 17 of 20 Correct

Should you breastfeed with a nipple ring?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: A nipple piercing may or may not affect breastfeeding your baby. Always remove jewelry before breastfeeding to avoid hurting the baby, including choking, bruising and difficulty latching on.

Body Art Smarts
Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which tattoo dye could cause more chronic skin reactions?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: A small survey found that chronic reactions such as raised, scaly skin, itchiness and even a rash occurred on people who had multiple colors in their body art, but it’s red dye in particular that has a higher association with lesions. The survey also found that 25% of reactions were to black ink; however, the results were less than expected since so many people had black tattoos.

Body Art Smarts
Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your skin will definitely heal after you remove a piercing.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Some piercings will heal after they are removed, but others may not. If a piece of body jewelry is accidentally torn out of the skin, it may need to be repaired surgically. Piercings can leave holes or scars that will not go away on their own.

Body Art Smarts
Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's okay to get a body piercing while you're pregnant.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Belly button and nipple piercing should not be done during pregnancy. A woman's body changes and expands so much that it may become infected or not heal properly.

Body Art Smarts
Congratulations!

You got out of 20 correct. You're a health wiz!

Body Art Smarts
Good try!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Skin Care to improve your score.

Body Art Smarts
Better luck next time!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Skin Care to improve your score.

Skin Care

Skin Care

Blueberries, dark chocolate and sunscreen are three things you need to keep skin beautiful, supple and smooth. Antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, dark chocolate, cantaloupe, citrus fruits and leafy greens provide the vitamins ...

you need for skins elasticity. Avoiding smoking prevents premature aging. But the number-one way to keep skin gorgeous is to stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. The suns radiation causes skin damage, including wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays in an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply often.
More