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The Ultimate Tattoo Quiz
by Staff
Not long ago, most Americans associated tattoos with sailors, bikers and sideshow artists. But tattoos have become more popular in recent years. What does it take to get an image under your skin?

A tattoo is an image that has been deposited in the skin's:

  • dermis
  • epidermis
  • subcutaneous tissue

Tattoo ink is deposited in the dermis because:

  • It's less sensitive than the epidermis.
  • It's more stable than the epidermis.
  • It's less allergy-prone than the epidermis.

The word 'tattoo' comes from:

  • the archaic English word 'taptoo,' meaning 'to tap'
  • the Middle Dutch word 'tappe,' meaning 'to tap'
  • the Tahitian word 'tattau,' or 'tatau,' meaning 'to mark'

The design of the modern tattoo machine comes from:

  • an engraving tool
  • a sewing machine
  • a dental drill

Tattoo artists have to be careful about sterilizing their equipment because:

  • Each time the needle pierces the skin, it creates a puncture wound.
  • Diseases can spread through unsterile tattoo equipment.
  • both A and B

Tattoo artists sterilize their equipment in:

  • a sink
  • a dishwasher
  • an autoclave

During tattooing, black work involves:

  • using a single-tipped needle to make a permanent outline
  • using a thick needle to color large areas black
  • using a medium-sized needle to make accents on a finished tattoo

A tattoo artist should not spray soap directly onto a bleeding area because:

  • It will sting.
  • It will make the colors run.
  • Blood could become airborne when the spray hits it.

Gaps in tattoo color are called:

  • whirligigs
  • skiptics
  • holidays

Tattoos can cause problems in MRI machines because of:

  • metallic pigments in the ink
  • abnormal blood flow through the tattooed skin
  • the immune system's response to the tattoo