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Skin as a Protective Conveyor Belt

Skin as a Protective Conveyor Belt

  • Your skin is a conveyor belt of dead cells : the Outer layers of skin constantly replaced by new ones from the inside to the outside, shedding around 200 million dead skin cells every hour.
  • It solves the challenge of preventing microbes, dirt, insects, and vermin from entering while constantly enduring damage from daily activities.


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1. Tattoos Intrusion into the Derm

1. Tattoos Intrusion into the Derm

  • Tattooing involves monolith-sized needles penetrating through layers of dead cells into the dermis, causing violence, open wounds, and activating the immune response.
  • Tattoos involves a dramatic interaction with the immune system : piercing through layers into the dermis, triggering a violent immune response.


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2. Triggers an Immune System's Battle

2. Triggers an Immune System's Battle

  • Tattoo ink, often made from heavy metals, triggers a battle in your dermis.
  • Tattoo ink are made from various substances, some potentially toxic.
  • Macrophages in the Dermis attempt to devour and neutralize the foreign ink particles, using chemicals and physical means.
  • Despite efforts, the ink particles are too large to be destroyed, so the immune system encapsulates them between immune cells.


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3. Tattoos Impermanence

3. Tattoos Impermanence

Tattoos appear vibrant initially, but fade over time. This phenomena is due to :

  • ShortTerm fading : The tattoo's vibrancy initially comes from ink on the outer the skin, but as the outer cells are expelled, colors fade.
  • Longterm fading : Some ink escape the immune cells net, occasionnaly spreading inside the body.
  • Artificial Fading : Removal through laser treatments involves heating and breaking down ink particles, impacting the immune cells.


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4. Gratitude for Our Immune System's Sacrifice

4. Gratitude for Our Immune System's Sacrifice

  • Macrophages continually sacrifice themselves to keep the ink in place, protecting the body from potential harm.
  • Tattoos showcase the body's amazing immune system at work, emphasizing the sacrifice of immune cells for the sake of art.


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