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7 Reasons Why Tattoos Relieve Stress

Updated: Nov 4

Stress awareness is a very important topic of discussion and has recently been brought into the limelight by the COVID-19 pandemic. People have been trying to find out various ways to relieve their stress for centuries, which has created many therapeutic procedures like acupuncture, exercising, mental health management, and many more.

Tattoos are famous for being a way of self-expression for years, but did you know that they can help keep the body healthy and safe against microbes and stress? The tattoo needle, ink, and the placement of the design on your body can mean many different things personally, but it could even alleviate tension.


Let’s have a look at the various ways how your new tattoo helps your body in reducing stress and pressure:


Therapeutic effects:

There is evidence found on human fossils that some tattoos were created in areas that correspond to the points of acupuncture, used in Eastern medicine. Acupuncture is popular all over the world even today as it helps to heal some ailments, notably arthritis.


Some cultures, even today, use medicinal tattooing to cure diseases. The oldest mummified body found in the world, the 5,000-year-old man Ötzi, also had tattoos along the acupuncture meridians, as his group must’ve believed that it would help cure his many diseases. Tattoos can also be used to diminish the pain caused by stress and strain.


Multiple tattoos improve your immune system:

A study published in the American Journal of Human Biology asserts that when a person gets a tattoo, the body’s immune system sends out antibodies to combat the foreign material injected in the body, which causes the area to swell a bit and scabs to form. After consecutive tattoos, the body has ready antibodies formed to combat the foreign materials and hence does not have as major a reaction as it did just after the first tattoo.


Reduced cortisol levels:

The same study mentioned above reveals that during the tattooing procedure the production of cortisol, a stress-relieving hormone, and an immune response suppressant, are reduced. Cortisol is produced when the needle punctures the skin and creates pain in the area, but after subsequent tattoo, the production reduces, hence also reducing the production during actual situations of tension.


This is particularly beneficial for humans as this hormone causes many symptoms that are usually associated with stress, like headaches, high blood pressure, weight gain, and many others.


Tattoos help improve fitness:

Many people who have stress-related issues tend to exercise, as it causes the body to release ‘feel-good’ hormones like endorphins. The hormone cortisol also hampers the body’s ability to heal and recuperate after exercising.


This is why many athletes try various methods to keep their cortisol levels low, which can be achieved by getting many tattoos gradually. This is why we can see many footballers and cricketers with tattoos, such as David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and many more.


A good way to hide body imperfections:

Many people are shy or stressed to show their scars, birthmarks, and stretch lines, hence they elect to cover them with tattoos. This is generally seen with patients of cancer or violence and sometimes even self-harm, who show that they have accepted their past and are ready to move on. They are also used to cover up previous tattoos if a person wants a change or wishes to hide an ex-significant other’s memories.


Getting a tattoo feels good:

The tattooing process is painful for many, but the human combats the pain by releasing endorphins and adrenaline, which creates a natural ‘high’ and makes the person feel euphoric. This is why many people don’t stop after getting just one tattoo!


Many people also get tattoos about memories or people they have lost, and the option of carrying those moments with them everywhere they go makes them happy and content.


Boosts confidence:

Tattoos are the ultimate form of self-expression. They portray a person’s personality and likes in the form of an open book. Tattoos are also a great conversation starter, as people can bond over their designs and tattoos they would want in the future. For those who have experienced unfortunate times, a tattoo can be a symbol for what they have experienced and how they fought those situations.


According to a study, a tattoo can magnify a person’s self-image for a considerable time after they have got the tattoo done.




There you have it: some of the most important health benefits of getting a tattoo! If you want to get one, there’s no better place than Aliens Tattoo Studio. We have our branches in Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Vizag, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad, and upcoming new branches. Walk-in today for a free tattoo consultation with our award-winning artists, and create memories for a lifetime!


All these benefits would quickly be lost if you don’t take proper care of the tattoo. We at Aliens have created the Aliens Tattoo Cream: A homemade ointment-based tattoo aftercare cream. It is a chemical-free, fragrance-free, antibacterial cream specially made to keep your skin moist and healthy, allowing your tattoo to heal faster.

With our 12+ years of experience in tattooing, we have tried and tested tons of aftercare products before coming up with Aliens Tattoo Cream. You can only get it from our Aliens Tattoo Studio as it is an exclusive product.


Contact us to buy it now!


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