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What Makes Tattoos Permanent?

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Lisa Winter

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2249 What Makes Tattoos Permanent?
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People can shed as many as 500 million cells of skin every day, yet tattoos remain for a lifetime. Why is it that a bad sunburn will peel, fade, and become a distant memory, but you still have to explain that Chinese symbol you got on Spring Break to your grandchildren?

Check out this video by Claudia Aguirre of TED-Ed, explaining the long history of tattoos in human cultures, and what makes them a permanent part of our bodies.




Also, be sure to check out this amazing video of the tattooing process, close up and in slow motion.

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