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Tattoos and Permanent Makeup: Marketplace and Chemistry
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on December 16, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Bhakti Petigara of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this Seminar, Dr. Petigara talked about tattoos, tattoo ink, and permanent makeup, safety, effects and the role of FDA in the overview and regulation of these products.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


This is the fourth of four Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Teaching Science with Food Safety and Nutrition Science and the Food Label Symposia that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In this program, Dr. Petigara talked about the tattoos and the inks that compose them, and some of the chemistry involved with these inks. She also discussed some of the issues with tattoos such as disease, infection, and other issues.


Thirty-six (36) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a country outside of the Unites States: Qatar.


Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I teach chemistry so it’s good to know the different uses of the compounds.”
  • “Many of my students want tattoos, but do not have enough info to make informed decisions. I can work this information in to a class.”
  • “I am currently conducting a unit on the integumentary system and many students have or want tattoos.”
  • “I learned specific dyes/pigments (organic/inorganic) used in tattoos.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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