What You Should Know Before Make A Tattoo
Lets take a look at how to prepare yourself for a smooth tattoo experience.
- Get a good nights sleep. Tiredness makes you irritable, grumpy and more susceptible to pain. You dont want to be sitting under a needle feeling tired, so get plenty of rest.
- Be clean and presentable. Dont come from the gym in your workout clothes. Also, dont drench yourself in perfume or cologne. You dont want your tattooist to rush because he cant breathe.
- Dress appropriately. If you know youre getting a tattoo on your upper arm, wear something sleeveless or with sleeves that can be rolled up. If your piece is going to be covered by clothing, make sure its loose fitting and made of light, soft material. If you have questions about what to wear, ask your tattooist. You dont want to wear clothing like briefs or a bra, that will leave an impression in your skin, in the exact place where youre getting your tattoo.
- Eat. Its a good idea to eat a light, healthy meal 2 to 4 hours before your appointment. It is not unusual for a tattooist to ask you if you had eaten in the last two hours.Eating will help you relax and feel comfortable. Its difficult sitting still when getting a tattoo, much less sitting there hungry. Also, if your blood sugar level is low, you run a higher risk of passing out during the tattoo process. If eating is not possible, drink some juice or nondiet soda before your appointment to keep your blood sugar level up.
- No caffeine. Caffeine might make you jumpy. Drink something caffeine-free like chamomile tea, natural juices or water. Water is also handy to have during the tattoo process.
- No drugs or alcohol. Never go to a tattooist under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any professional artist will turn you away if they think you are under the influence.This is to protect you as well as the other clients. Many a bad decisions were made under the influence. Plus, nobody wants to deal with loud drunk; especially if theyre falling down or unbalanced. As for drugs, especially marijuana, you would feel the pain even more.
- Stay away from the sun and tanning salons. Remember, that a tattooist needs to wipe the tattooed area with paper towel, to absorb the extra ink off. Sunburned skin is sensitive and irritated. The wiping will hurt. If you try getting a tattoo on sunburned skin, the tattoo might not heal properly and you might have to return for a touch-up. Also, stay away from tanning products; it changes the texture of your skin making it difficult to tattoo. The chemical in tanning products, might keep your tattoo from healing properly.
- No women, no children. Just kidding about the women part. Tattoo studios conduct adult-oriented conversations that most parents, would not want their children to hear. Children also have a tendency to cry, scream and not sit still; which will disrupt the entire shop and make it difficult for other clients to get their tattoos in peace. Some children, not understanding the tattoo process, might cry when they see their parents in pain.
- Bring a friend. Its nice to have a friend for morale support, especially if its your first tattoo, your friend can hold your hand, get water or a book/magazine to read. Talking with a friend could also make the time fly.
- iPod. Its easier to have your favorite tunes playing. Just walk with some headphones. Ask your tattooist if its ok.
Before getting a tattoo, consider placement. You might have a great idea for placement , but because of your sensitivity to pain, you might want to reconsider.
Notice that most of the sensitivity, involve bony areas of the body. Here are some of the most and least sensitive tattoo areas.
Most Sensitive Tattoo Areas:
- Head and Neck
- Inner Arm
- Hand and Wrists
- Inner Thighs
- Back of knee
- Shoulder, Outer arm, and forearm
- Back of calfs
Ten Signs You Are in the Right Tattoo Studio
- The Tattoo Artist Provides Samples of Previous Work : When considering a tattoo studio, never select an artist who cant produce some kind of portfolio. A photo album of tattoos done on skin should be provided to you. An artistic display of stock tattoos on the walls is not enough to tell you that the artist has a good reputation.
- The Tattoo Artist Lives in a Disposable Universe : Nothing that the tattoo artist uses should ever be placed back into a container. This includes ointment, ink and water. Usually these substances have been in contact with your blood plasma. Such thriftiness increases the risk of the spread of infection to you and others. Ink should always be placed in ink caps, which are tiny cups used to hold just enough color. This ink should never be returned to a bottle or a jar.
- The Tattoo Artist Possesses an Autoclave Certificate : An autoclave is an electric sterilization unit that resembles a steel pressure cooker. It is used by doctors to sterilize medical equipment. In order for equipment to be sterilized it must sit in the autoclave at a temperature of 246 degrees for at least thirty minutes. Just being in possession of an autoclave does not guarantee that it is in use. Ask if the artist possesses a recent autoclave certificate that shows that the unit is regularly tested and in use by the operators of the business. If the tattoo artist gives you any attitude or is evasive with regards to the use of the autoclave or tries to pass off an ultra-sonic cleaner as a sterilization equipment then head for the front door.
- The Tattoo Artist Uses New Sterile Needles : New sterile needles are always removed from a pouch called an autoclave bag. The needles should not be removed from this pouch until your tattoo work is in progress. Each autoclave needle bag usually boasts a small label called a sterile confirmation label along with the name of the manufacturer. If you do not see this label on the bag or if your needles are sitting outside the bag, then the artist may be reusing materials. New needles are bright silver in color. If needles appear stained, brownish or dulled then stop the procedure.
- The Tattoo Artist Wears Latex Gloves : Fingers spread germs to raw, freshly tattooed skin faster than anything else. For this reason the tattooist should always wear standard medical latex gloves. The gloves should not have holes or tears in them and fit the artist properly. It only takes a pinhole in the latex glove to increase the risk of cross contamination.
- The Tattoo Artist Disposes Needles In a Sharps Container : A Sharps container is a plastic container, usually red, with a biohazard symbol on the outside. You also see these containers that are labeled hazardous waste in dental and doctor offices. Used needles, and anything else contaminated and not scheduled for autoclave sterilization should be placed in these containers. They should be removed in a timely manner.
- The Artist Has a License to Practice : Most states require a tattoo artist to have some kind of license. Check the laws in your state to make sure that you are dealing with a licensed practitioner.
- The Artist is Trained and Certified : Unfortunately, there isnt any kind of official certification given to tattoo artists that complete their education. Tattooing is an oral tradition that is usually passed down through generations and through an apprenticeship. However, most tattoo artists should be able to produce proof that a well-known tattoo artist has trained them in safe and hygienic practices.
- The Tattoo Studio is Clean and Well Lit : Although most tattoo studios are kind of Goth looking, complete with black lights and loud stereo music, this doesnt mean the place is dirty. What matters most is that the surgical area looks spic and span and is well lit with halogen lights.
- You and the Tattoo Artist Click : You must revere and respect the tattoo artist and he or she must revere and respect you. You do not have to become best friends, however this is a situation where you should not be subjected to any kind of humiliation, sarcasm or displays of artistic temperament.
Health Issues That Affect Your Tattoo ExperienceAny good body artist appreciates your interest and concerns. It shows that youre committed to getting good, safe work and that youve thought about your tattoo experience in advance.There are certain situations in which you should not get a tattoo. The release form is intended to generate details relating to you. This form ask if you have any allergies or serious illness. In order to keep you from causing damage to yourself, tattooists will recognize the different scenarios that make tattooing dangerous to client and others.
Sometimes you might just be having health troubles and might have to wait a little longer in order to get a tattoo. Some complications my never permit you to get tattooed. It is always important to ask your doctor if you are physically able to get a tattoo.
Lets look at the scenarios you should be aware of that may delay your tattoo experience.
- Being pregnant -
Even though there is no proof regarding direct danger that tattoos will affect pregnancy, most women are encouraged to postpone their tattoo until after birth. In fact, most tattooist will decline to work on a pregnant woman.
- Diabetes Consult your doctor to make sure getting a
tattoo is a good idea. The risk of infection is much greater for people
- Skin Complications:
- Eczema inflammation of the skin, such as a rash, should not be inked. Any really dry, crusty skin will be far too easy to damage while tattooing. Skin thats blistering, such as from poison ivy, will also not be able to be tattooed or even tattooed near the infected site. Consult your doctor before getting a tattoo.
- Psoriasis This condition affects the skin and joints, and appears reddish and scaly as a result of to an over-production of skin.The condition is not contagious but can spread on an individual if that persons skin is damaged. If an individual with psoriasis gets tattooed, theres a likelihood that the tattooed area will form a plaque of psoriasis. This would therefore ruin the tattooed area and will be uncomfortable for the individual. Consult your doctor.
- Acne its wise to hold off until your acne clears up, before tattooing on it. Acne, tattooed over, can leave clear patches (holidays) on the tattoo when it heals. You will have to receive a touch up or live with an imperfect tattoo.
- Moles best to leave them alone or not tattoo over them. They bleed profusely if they are cut or poked with a needle.
- Scars Tattooing over a scar wouldnt alter the texture of the scar and it might take several different sessions with a tattooist to get the ink in.
There are several diseases that a tattooist must be careful about. These could be transmitted from person to person through cross contamination. Cross contamination takes place when viruses or bacteria are transferred from one surface to another.
- HIV anyone that has contracted the condition should consult with a doctor before getting a tattoo. Most tattooist would not tattoo anyone with the disease.
- Hepatitis C this is the disease that tattooist stress over the most. Like HIV, its incurable and can stay unnoticed in the body for years. It is spread through contact with blood or through unprotected sex. Unlike HIV, that dies when it hits oxygen and is destroyed thru most cleaners, Hepatitis C can live on counter surfaces for over 11 days and still infect someone if it gets in their blood. Thats why its so important to go to a clean and respected tattoo studio.
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