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Here at Renude Laser, we have recently treated quite a few clients for the removal of Southern Cross tattoos.
It has long been part of our sky, well before we set foot on this continent, but for many Australians, the Southern Cross has been a powerful representation of National pride. What then has changed in the last few years?
Warwick Thornton’s irreverent and intelligent documentary called “You Are Here, We Don’t Need a Map” recently aired on SBS. In this documentary, indigenous elders, rappers, aboriginal educators and a tattoo artist were interviewed regarding their thoughts and feelings of the Southern Cross as a symbol. Warwick himself, prior to the release of this documentary, found himself in a little hot water after comparing The Southern Cross to the swastika.
The Southern Cross as a symbol began with the miners uprising against the Government near Ballarat, at the Eureka Stockade in 1854. The flag for many represented a “fair go”. Realistically, not only did it symbolise unity for many, but also division. The Aboriginal people and the Chinese immigrants who worked at the mines were often persecuted. Did it therefore represent white bodied male hierarchy? Is that what it signifies to many now? As Omar Musa queried in the documentary, it it ‘narrowing of an identity”where it is representing for people to “choose a side”.
To the indigenous people of our country, the blue sky is considered The Throne of The Universe and holds many stories for their people of the creation theory. The Southern Cross itself is an Emu’s footprint. The whole of the sky is therefore of great significance, not just this small part. Everything that has been told is there, according to an elder in the documentary.
The Southern Cross flag became a prominent feature during the Cronulla Riots in 2005. The division became greater this time between the white male and the Lebanese community and many people, once advocates of the symbol, are now uncomfortable with connotations of exclusion and racism it now evokes.
Is it our lack of identity and culture that has caused some to grasp on to this in the past, looking for a connection to Australia that other people don’t have?
This very small part of the universe is not even exclusively ours. The Southern Cross can be seen anywhere on Earth south of about 25 ° N, which includes southern Florida and Texas, South Africa, most of India, including the Maldives, and all of Australia. Perhaps something to consider if we eventually decide to change the Australian Flag.
People do change, and times have changed. maybe identity should not be represented in symbolism but in an action instead?
This deep ink tattoo has had 5 treatments.
The Southern Cross feature tattoo has had only 3 laser tattoo removal treatments in the above image.
A trip to the beach on a balmy evening is the best possible demonstration of how popular tattoos are these days. But unlike that pink hair dye, you can’t choose a tattoo that fades away after 8 washes. With advances in technology however it is possible to fade or remove a tattoo with a series of laser tattoo removal sessions. This leads to the question “How many sessions does it take to remove a tattoo?”, one of the most common questions asked during our free tattoo removal consultations. Read more
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It is a fine black, odourless powder made from wood, coal or other materials such as nut shells that has been exposed to very high temperatures in an airless environment.
The product is then reheated or activated with oxidized gas creating a very fine powder increasing its ability to absorb various substances. Due to its incredibly large surface area, a small bit of charcoal can bind a tremendous amount. It is important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources when considering uses as a natural skincare ingredient.
If you have identified a tattoo on your body you wish really wasn’t there, you probably have a few questions. Among them might be:
• How much does it cost?
• How long will it take to remove?
• Will it get rid of the tattoo completely?
• Will it leave any scars?
But human nature being human nature, it could be that your biggest question is actually:
• Will getting my tattoo removed really hurt? Read more
Effective tattoo removal is dependent on the lymph system to move the shattered ink particles out of your body. The better your lymphatic system, the faster the particles will move out. The right smoothies can really help your lymph system do a better job at moving the ink out faster and safer.
When our calendars fill up with sunny warm days, we start to spend a lot more time outdoors. Sun and laser treatments do not match, so it becomes really important to apply sunscreen on your treated tattoo.
Sun and Tattoos – What are the impacts?
Most of you know that tattoos will fade over time and many of you with tattoos choose to apply sunscreen to your body art to prevent it from fading. Professional tattoo artists generally recommend keeping your tattoo covered up for the first three months and once healed advise sunscreen application before going outdoors. Not all colours are created equal, the lighter the ink, the quicker the fade, the sun slowly draining the life out of that special piece. Black ink will generally take the longest to fade.
When you expose your tattoos to extended periods of sunlight, it causes cells in your body called langerhans cells to break apart. As a result, these cells are forced to move deeper into the dermis resulting in minor inflammatory reactions. This forces the body to produce immune gobbling cells to combat this reaction creating a breakdown of the tattoo ink, resulting in changes to the original shape of the tattoo.
Did you know that effective tattoo removal, whether it is fading or removal, is also dependent on the health of your lymphatic system? We’ve got the best laser in the business to help you, but taking care of yourself is also really important. Read more