Many professions with unique physical challenges come with corresponding ailments. For example, athletes suffer from ACL and hamstring injuries; astronauts deal with muscle atrophy and radiation exposure. Although it may be surprising, tattoo artistry also comes with its own health hazards.
â€œArthritis and other rheumatic diseases are common not only in tattooists but anybody holding something like a pen or pencil for prolonged periods of time,â€ says Richard Beston, a UK tattoo artist known professionally as Bez.
ego tattoo machine richard bez bestonEgo founder Richard â€œBezâ€ Beston never expected to design tattoo machines, but heâ€™s gone from self-learning Autodesk Fusion 360 to selling more than 3,000 products per year. Courtesy of Ego.
â€œWhen we draw or write, our grip uses more muscle power than weâ€™re aware of, which causes strain to the body,â€ he says. â€œWhen we use a weighted, vibrating tattoo machine, the strain is amplified, so thereâ€™s more potential for health complications. Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome are common in tattooists and can mean a short career.â€
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