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delhi Updated: Jun 17, 2008 10:21 IST
Rahul Sabharwal
Rahul Sabharwal
Hindustan Times

It hurts like hell, looks like a scar from a distance and your girlfriend's mother will never approve of it, yet tattoos are the hottest rage on campus. Why? Many feel it's one of the boldest fashion statements one can make. Anant, a DU student, who recently got one done feels it's done won- ders for his social life.

"My cool quotient has gone up and it's done wonders for my self confidence." For others, it's a way of setting themselves apart from the crowd, a sure shot attention grabber. It's also common for people to get tattoos that express a belief or support a cause. One can find everything from people sporting the symbols of peace, to the classic om, to the red ribbon of AIDS. There are those who con- sider s tattoo representative of their personality Butterflies for the free-spirited, skulls and scorpions for the aggressive and more elaborate designs for those who dare to go a step further.

Ishani (24) got a ying-yang tattoo around her ankle. She says, "The sign, in a way, summarises the good and the bad in me." And of course, there are those like Saif Ali Khan who sport the name of their better half, literally up their sleeve. Imagine being dumped a week after! Riyas, a DU aspirant, got his girlfriend's name tattooed on his back. Fortunately he was smart enough to get it done in Chinese. Lokesh, owner and tattoo artist at Devil'z Tattooz (one of the most popular tattoo parlours among the youngsters) talks about the whopping rise in people getting inked. He says, "There has been a 200 per cent increase rise in the number of people getting tattoos in the last two years."

According to him, the most increase has been in the number of women. And while butterflies, angels and flowers are the most popular patterns, the most common spots are the ankle or the back of the shoulder."

Tattoo Tips
Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours.
Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to wash the tattoo - then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a clean towel or paper towel to get it completely dry .
If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, leave it alone.. skull at Dealtime.