These marks left on your skin are also known as "graphite tattoos."
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!
Am I the only one that still has a mark from getting stabbed by a pencil in elementary— MARIANA A. (@marianaalbh) January 9, 2019
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:
middle school, stabbed myself w a sharpened pencil by moving my leg too close to my backpack on the floor 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/B6gBWi8Eyv— lauren (@beausbian) January 8, 2019
Stabbed my finger today with a pencil pic.twitter.com/5vHQHmNJzx— CA$H MONEY® (@cash_clavelle) October 21, 2014
@GenderCoping @unkilledwoman Jos Truitt. Stabbed me with my own pen when I was eleven. pic.twitter.com/GR0I5c67aX— Rachel (@enchantedpen) February 23, 2015
7th grade, stabbed myself in my left hand with my own pencil to act tough pic.twitter.com/C1hI6nM0C7— bella (@BellaPender) January 8, 2019
Hello one time my sister stabbed me with a pencil when we were playing tag pic.twitter.com/rAZ4HzNBUz— Raquel Jimenez (@raquelmariieee) January 9, 2019
Hello. I got frustrated while practicing single digit multiplication in 3rd grade and decided to slam my head on the table. However, I hit my pencil that was sticking point up. It’s still here 11 years later. pic.twitter.com/ZrkKAsI8bS— Samuel Hepola (@HepolaSamuel) January 8, 2019
thought I was the only one pic.twitter.com/NaJ2uiTLc0— madison limpus (@madison_limpus) January 8, 2019
happened when i was like 8, had a pencil on the floor that got stuck in the carpet at a weird angle and stabbed my toe!! i always figured it would go away by now but no 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/AVbJcJddn9— ♡◡♡ (@thatxgirlxcass) January 8, 2019
I was stabbed with a pencil in primary 6 and this ‘lead mark’ in my arm has never gone away. Can I get it out? Is it there forever more? Anyone else? pic.twitter.com/X0i52TaWhk— My Little Wildlings (@LittleWildlings) October 10, 2019
My pencil was sticking out of my bag and somehow it stabbed my leg😬 pic.twitter.com/F0hBp1mbD4— A (@ambrclng) January 8, 2019
LMAO THIS KID STABBED ME WITH A PENCIL IN ART 2 YEARS AGO AND JUST MESSAGED ME TO APOLOGIZE pic.twitter.com/uXPuYAs16T— Emma Freitas (@emmaafreitas) October 28, 2016