Risks of Getting a Tattoo

Getting a Tattoo, One may not even realize there are high risks in getting tattoos, mainly because hundreds and thousands of people can walk through life with tattoos all over their body and never have a problem. However, there are quite a few people out there that have had some sort of reaction or worse contracted number of serious blood-borne diseases, which includes hepatitis C, hepatitis B, tetanus, tuberculosis and HIV. Getting a tattoo is serous business and you shouldn’t let just anyone tattoo you. Make sure the establishment is clean and that there is an autoclave around. Also it extremely important to see with your own eyes the tattoo artist open a fresh new needle in front of as well as providing fresh ink.

As mentioned above there are risks involved in getting tattoos. Some are more serious than other. If you do not take care of your tattoo properly than you can very easily develop an infection. Signs of an infection are redness, warmth, swelling and a pus-like drainage. If this should occur you should seek the help of a doctor immediately. You can also contract various skin disorders. Your body may form some kind of bumps around tattoo ink, especially if your tattoo includes red ink. Tattooing can also cause areas of raised, excessive scarring (keloids), if you’re prone to them. There is also the possibility of an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink. For some unknown reason tattoo dyes, particularly red dye, can cause allergic skin reactions, resulting in an itchy rash at the tattoo site. It is possible for this to occur even years after you gotten the tattoo.

The important thing to remember when getting tattooed it to remain informed of all the possible problems and make sure your tattoo artist is licensed and has a clean establishment.

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Getting a Tattoo,

Do Tattoos Hurt? Tips on How to Cope With Tattoo Pain

This is the question that has always been asked, over and over again – do tattoos hurt? The answer is a resounding “Yes, it hurts.” Tattoo artists inject ink into a person’s skin using an electrically powered tattoo machine with a solid needle moving up and down that puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute.

Tattoo pain depends on several factors like the person’s own threshold to pain, the body parts that will be tattooed, the skill of the artist and the type of tat design that will be inked. Every individual’s threshold to pain differs, some compare it to sunburn, others say its like being repeatedly snap by a rubber band while some describes the pain as excruciating. Another key to rate the pain is the more fleshy the body area is the less painful, meaning the bony parts hurt more. There are also skilled tattoo artist who have a way of minimizing the pain by how they use the machines. And of course, the bigger the design is, the more pain you will have to undergo.

To minimize the pain during the process, you should go there with a positive attitude and mind over matter. Instead of fear and anxiety, try to relax yourself by listening to music so bring an ipod with you. Also, work with a tattoo artist that you are comfortable with. If you can’t take the pain during the tattooing, inform him so you can take a break. Never take alcohol and illegal drugs on your appointment date since these thin the blood leading to increase amount of bleeding.

Tattoos definitely hurt, no doubt about that. However, if you really want it done, pain should never be an issue as its nothing you can’t bear. The fact that you will be rewarded with an amazing tattoo that you will be proud of should be enough motivation for you to go through the tattooing process.

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Creative Tattoo Aftercare Instructions – How to Care For New Tattoos

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions – Did you know there are really just 3 key factors you need to know about how caring for a new tattoo? Whether it’s your first tattoo or your fiftieth, people still have many differing views on how long it should remain covered, when it should be washed and what, if any, tattoo creams should be used. But by paying attention to the following simple (yet CRITICAL) steps, you will avoid tattoo infection and have a design that not only looks great, but is healthy and vibrant for years to come.

After months of researching tattoo designs and ideas, I recently had my first tattoo done at Kat Von D’s “LA Ink” studio (or High Voltage Tattoo, as it is officially named.) Although I was worried initially that it may hurt & I wouldn’t like the experience, I actually did enjoy it!

However, I’d heard conflicting ideas on how to best care for a new tattoo, especially when it comes to moisturizing… Some people disagree with applying tattoo creams like Tatt Wax, Aquaphor, Bepanthen, Tattoo Goo, etc. Many believe the skin will not breathe and heal properly as it may become over-hydrated. Most tattooists though DO recommend moisturizers (non-petroleum, non-fragranced) to aid the healing process and stop the tat from drying out, flaking or peeling early.

From all the aftercare tattoo information I was bombarded with, there seems to be 3 consistent factors that tattoo professionals and tattoo fans do agree on:

1) Most importantly — keep your new tattoo CLEAN

2) Keep it PROTECTED from SUN and WATER

3) Do NOT PICK or RUB the tat as it heals

After getting my new Gemini lower back tattoo I had no infections or problems, by following the simple tattoo aftercare instructions and advice from the guys at LA Ink:

CLEANSING: Initially your tattooist will apply a gauze bandage or patch to protect the freshly damaged skin, remembering that a tattoo is really an open wound, even if it looks artistic! This should be left on for about 4 hours then carefully removed, possibly even as you shower, to avoid peeling any areas of inked skin that may have stuck to the patch. Gentle washing with mild soap and warm water will be fine, but don’t rub too hard and gently pat dry with a clean towel. To keep your tat infection free, make sure you avoid letting other people touch it and wash your hands thoroughly before YOU touch it. The tattoo does not need to be kept covered and heals within about 2 weeks, but take care and patch it temporarily if it will be exposed to dirt or bumped while working, playing sport, etc. It’s a good idea to avoid excess sweating if possible.

PROTECTION: While showering is fine to clean your tattoo DO NOT SOAK in water and avoid swimming, or soaking in a bath or spa for at least 2-3 weeks. Over-hydration of the skin may cause the ink to wash out or fade and there could be a higher risk of infection in the soft tissue. The sun is also a problem for tattoos, both new and old. Even short periods of exposure can lead to fading and damage of your tattoo, (skin damage in general) so it’s best to keep your new tat lightly covered or under loose clothing for at least 2-3 weeks. DON’T use sunscreen/sunblock creams or sprays until after the skin has fully healed, to help avoid infection!

HEALING: Avoid rubbing or picking at the tattooed skin, even if it itches or scabs. If you pick or scratch the healing layers of skin, you may end up with a design that appears faded or slightly patchy, as the ink needs time to settle into the middle layers of your skin. I highly recommend using a good moisturizer like Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Lotion. By cleansing and then applying just a small amount of that cream 2-3 times a day, my tattoo didn’t scab! I simply had soft little inky flakes of skin wipe off each time I showered or moisturized for the first week — no nasty, itchy scabs to deal with and my newly tattooed skin felt soft, without being greasy or over-hydrated.

For anyone contemplating getting their first tattoo done, or even if you’re adding to the collection of skin art that you already have — you’ll find paying attention to these 3 points is essential to maintaining the colour and beauty of the awesome tattoo design that you’ve invested in!

Mel Smith is a Creative Tattoo Fan! Further information regarding the tattoo process can be found here at my blog http://creativetattoo.net which details my experiences from researching tattoo designs all the way through to getting “inked”, detailed tattoo aftercare and even a little tattoo history, especially for other first timers! Other tattoo design ideas can be found here at http://creativetattoo.info.

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Tattoo Shading – The Key Secret To Great Tattoos!

Tattoo Shading, Tattooing is a booming industry and growing every single day. Now there are even TV shows dedicated to the art that are catching fire. When you look around, tattoos are everywhere! Now you see them on people you know, see them in advertisements, and even on famous celebrities. So what makes a great tattoo? Of course it is great design, but there is one very big component that is critical to a really stunning and beautiful tattoo.

What is this component to a great tattoo?

It is simple…

Tattoo Shading.

Tattoo shading is the part of the tattoo where a two dimensional tattoo becomes a three dimensional tattoo. It is the part of the tattoo where flat lines take shape and holds a certain degree of depth to make the tattoo “pop” out. There is even a whole style of tattoo shading now that focuses only on black and grey tattoos…no color, just black and white.

If a tattoo artist does not learn the technical yet critical aspect of tattoo shading, then a tattoo just falls flat. It is as simple as that. This one aspect of tattooing can be learned but it takes some real practice and some technical skill. Mastering tattoo shading and becoming known for doing great black and grey tattoos can really boost a tattoo artists reputation in the tattoo industry. Those who have mastered tattoo shading at an expert level are very well revered and respected.

Now there are great information resources online to help aspiring tattoo artists. Of course, the best way to really learn the skills is through an apprenticeship, but gaining the basic knowledge is first and foremost of importance. Learning all you can about tattoo shading and other steps in the tattoo process are key and luckily information is gaining in popularity. An example of a great source or brand for tattoo information is “The Ultimate Tattoo Guide” series. These guides help budding tattoo artists get the basic tattoo knowledge needed to start tattooing including aspects like tattoo shading, etc.

So if you want to break into doing great tattoos that will get make people turn their heads, it is CRITICAL to master the art of tattoo shading. Without it, a tattoo is just not a real tattoo…a piece of real art.

Tattoo Shading,

Are Tattoos An Addiction?

The longtime connection between tattoos and individuals of questionable character is not the sole account for why tattoos are frequently given a bad reputation. While of course this connection, which is becoming less and less of a factor as each generation progresses, has been true in many circumstances, the subject of tattoos in the present day has yet another cloud over its reputation; it is darker, and rarely based on the truth.

From both those who know and those who do not, there are frequent insinuations about the “addictive” characteristics of tattooing. Many people sport multiple tattoos; some have acquired them over a number of years or decades, while others make regular trips to their favorite tattoo studios, but arbitrarily labeling this as an “addiction” is unfair, unrealistic, and rarely based in fact. As each person has his or her own individual reason for getting tattoos, it is impossible to know what a person’s reason is unless he or she states it. Some like artwork, some wish to honor a special person, some get tattoos in order to feel a part of some specific group, some people just enjoy spending money. In other words, most people have their own individual reasons for getting tattoos, and it is almost never a matter of being “addicted” to them.

There are two parts of this misconception. Both play a role in giving a bad reputation to the subject of tattoos as well as to the people who elect to get them. The first is that people are addicted to the tattoos themselves; the second misconception is that people are addicted to the process of getting them– specifically, that they are “addicted to pain.” One might wonder the mindset of anyone who states the latter opinion; but it certainly provides quite a scope of misunderstandings on the entire subject.

One tattoo artist, in remarking that tattoos are a “fever,” had been referring to the simple, if odd, enjoyment which many of his clients had in being able to spend money to buy permanent artwork for themselves. “I think I’ll get another one” was something often heard in his studio. This did not constitute “addiction” by any definition of the word. Nor, in his decades of practice as a tattoo artist, did he ever have a customer who even remotely enjoyed the discomfort of the tattooing process.

The word, and its mistaken applicability to tattoos, is often tossed around by those who know too well what the word “addiction” really means. Addiction is a compulsion, something over which a person has no self-control. Addiction cannot differentiate between a “want” and a “need.” Individuals who do have numerous addictions– drugs, alcohol, behaviors, etc.– can very well become addicted to tattoos. However, that is certainly not the case for the majority of people who decide to get them. Most people who get tattoos do so simply because they want them; they do not possess the weakness of character which leads addicts in the position of being compelled to do something.

The concept that a person gets tattoos because he or she is addicted to pain and therefore enjoys the painful process of being tattooed can only come from either the most ignorant or those who have some personal issues of their own.

Unfortunately, both of these misconceptions shed a very negative light on both the subject of tattoos and the people who wear them. It is a bad reputation which neither deserve, for there is almost never any fact in either point of view. While there are those who get tattoos with less than desirable motives, most people who get them do so with no negative attachment to either the tattoos or the process whatsoever. The bottom line is if you find someone who is attempting to convince you that getting tattoos is an addiction, you’ve probably found someone who actually is an addict and does not realize that most people are not.

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