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Dangers of Decorating Your Body



Dangers of Decorating Your Body
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.05

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     challenging words:    ointment, piercings, salve, sterile, sterilize, tattoo, tattoos, hepatitis, backed, belly, equipment, design, halfway, prick, dare, painful


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Dangers of Decorating Your Body
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Do you want a tattoo? How about piercing your eyebrow, nose, or tongue? Tattoos and piercings might look cool, but are they safe?
 
2     Sue wanted a tattoo. All her friends were getting one. She decided to go along.
 
3     All she wanted was a small ladybug on the top of her foot. But when she got to the tattoo parlor, there were no ladybug designs.
 
4     "I should have stopped, then and there," she says now. "But I wanted a tattoo so badly. All my friends were there with me. I was afraid they'd make fun of me if I backed out."
 
5     So, she picked another design. When it was over, Sue had a large butterfly on her ankle.
 
6     "At first, I hated it. But I finally decided I'd better get used to it. It is going to be there for the rest of my life," she says.
 
7     Sue was lucky. Even though she was disappointed with the design and the location of her tattoo, things could have been much worse.
 
8     Tattoo artists use needles to prick your skin thousands of times a minute. The needles inject dye into your skin. That's what makes the picture.
 
9     "It hurt really badly," Sue says. "I wasn't ready for that. Halfway through, I wanted so much to stop. But I knew I couldn't go around with half a butterfly. By the time it was over, my friends said I was very pale. I felt like I was going to pass out."

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