Athletes have ACL and hamstring injuries; astronauts have muscle atrophy and radiation exposureâ€”many professions with unique physical challenges come with corresponding ailments. Although you may be surprised to hear it, tattoo artistry is no different.
â€œArthritis and other rheumatic diseases are common not only in tattooists but in anybody holding something like a pen or pencil for prolonged periods of time,â€ says Richard Beston, known professionally as â€œBez.â€
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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