Here's another reason not to disfigure your body with tattoos. A superbug seen in prisoners and athletes is showing up in other people who get tattoos. Federal health officials say 44 tattoo customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Vermont developed skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that fights off the body's immune system and destroys tissues. The skin infections can be transmitted from person to person by contact with draining sores, or through contact with contaminated items or surfaces. MRSA generally causes mild skin infections, but in some cases has led to pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and a painful, flesh-destroying condition called necrotizing fasciitis.
And then of course, there's that stupid-looking, permanent ugly thing on your body that makes people think you're weird. But for some reason you like that part...