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Still Have A Mark From When You Were Stabbed By A Pencil? You're Not Alone

Still Have A Mark From When You Were Stabbed By A Pencil? You're Not Alone

These marks left on your skin are also known as "graphite tattoos."

Source: (L)Twitter/ Raquel Jimenez (R)Twitter/ My Little Wildlings

When I was in school, the only thing I wanted to do was leave it. I thought adults had their lives sorted out and that was exactly where I wanted to be. Boy, was I way off the radar on that one! Life is nothing but one of life's cruel jokes. I miss school, honestly. Besides my memories, I have another thing that is a constant reminder of my times in school—a graphite tattoo!



 

 

According to Buzzfeed News. a pencil stabbing leaves graphite particles in the dermis layer of the skin. That’s the layer just below the outer epidermis layer.  Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, an associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, still has a graphite tattoo from when his cousin stabbed him with a pencil when he was just eight-years-old. He's now 45! He explained why this happens. “That’s akin to ink from a tattoo,” said Rokhsar. “It has to be inserted into the dermis and that’s where the tattoo ink is placed also.” There isn't a lot of risk from being stabbed with a pencil because they're made with wood and graphite instead of wood and lead. 

Naturally, someone polled Twitter on their graphite tattoos, and boy did it deliver with the best stories. Check out some of the responses: 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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