It is crucial to consider everything when choosing important things in your life. It is the worst cliché ever, but there’s something to it. Certain fashionable things look divine, but will you like them when you meet other people who have them too?
Let alone the fact that what’s hot on Instagram at the moment quickly becomes outdated. It is like clothes. Fashion trends for 2022 won’t be with us forever either. So a tattoo is a permanent intrusion into your body that you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life. In this article of Gazettely, we talk about 8 things that you should know before getting your first ever tattoo.
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1- A tattoo can be removed
Luckily, you can remove tattoos. And, they can be removed in two ways: with laser or by reshaping it. Laser removal is painful and expensive. Besides, the design doesn’t disappear completely. Still, it leaves subtle outlines that the surrounding will notice only after a closer look.
The other option to get rid of an unwanted image is to have it painted over. This is technically not removal in the true sense of the word. But I listed it here anyway to see that it is possible to work with a messed up subject.
The bottom line is that it is a permanent procedure on the body. You cannot return the skin to its original state. One more reason to think about the motif. If you are a spontaneous type and looking for an interesting reminder, you can make a small mark that only you know about. Remember, though, that there’s a second factor: no one can take it away from you.
2- There is a price to pay for quality
Going to a tattoo studio where a real professional will engrave your motif is worth it. When you hire someone who is not very good with the machine, you risk not being satisfied with the result. Don’t just pay attention to the design itself, but also look for photos of the tattoo artist’s work. Because holding a pencil in your hand and drawing on static paper, holding a machine in your hand, and working with human skin that resists are very different things.
Count on paying a professional. The hourly rate is around $100 to $250 an hour. Minor motifs can be done in an hour or two. More challenging tasks usually require more than one session, depending on how persistent you are.
When can you come? You sometimes have to wait two weeks for a tattoo artist, sometimes six months, particularly with the better-known ones. But it is still better than putting yourself in the hands of a garage tuner who will do nothing but shame your hands. Unlike, for example, haircutting at home, Tattooing cannot be done by just anyone.
There’s one more consideration. Professionals studios guarantee cleanliness, aseptic tools and high-quality inks. You shouldn’t entrust your health to someone who doesn’t have the prerequisites. Your skin will be disturbed during work, and you could catch an infection.
3- Tattoos hurt, but not in the same way everywhere
Do you know how to deal with it? Take a little test. Tweak the spot where you want the design. If it is not a big deal, you probably can handle it. The color is applied with a device with a few smaller needles inserted under the skin.
While tattooing, you will feel someone scratching you on an injured area. In places with more subcutaneous fat and thicker skin (for example, on the thigh), it will hurt less than on parts of the body where the skin is thin or where important organs and bones are nearby (ribs, abdomen). For the initial motif, it’s better not to choose a place where it hurts. Begin with something “safer.”
For example, favorite and painless places are the wrist, the neck or the ankle – the ankle tattoo looks great with ankle boots.
4- Tattoos also hurt afterwards and are incredibly itchy
Your session is over. Have you won? Not completely. Your tattoo will still hurt after you get it. The wound will heal well; it will come to itself, and you will start to feel it. Yeah, it is a wound – a sore. So, handle it accordingly. Be careful of tight clothing, underwear, bumps and bruises from other people.
Once the subject has healed a bit, it will form a scab that will be very itchy. Don’t scratch. With a scab, you’d also pull off pigment that hasn’t healed, and the paint would be missing in some places after it heals. In simple terms, there would be holes in the painting. And you would have to go to the salon for a repair, which would probably not be free. To say nothing of the fact that you could get an infection in the wound.
Take a shower and slather the area with tattoo care ointment in the worst case. That will stop in a few days. Your tattoo will come off, and your skin will heal.
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5- You need to take care of the tattoo
The parlor will advise you on how to do this. Each tattoo artist knows a slightly different healing process, so it is not worth breaking everything down here. Though, try to keep the area clean and dry. Not only is it important to washing it off with antibacterial soap but also rubbing a healing ointment on it.
6- Take a day off and do not drink before getting tattoo
Booze thins the blood, and caffeine makes it flow. Try to avoid both on the day of the tattoo (and ideally the day before). Otherwise, you’ll have blood flowing during the session, which will be both uncomfortable and make the tattoo artist’s job more difficult. Anticipate that you will be quite tired from the tattooing itself; after all, it is a big strain on the body, though take the day off. When you are done, head home and get some rest.
7- You cannot go to the swimming pool for a month
Until the tattoo is removed and superficially healed, under no circumstances should you bathe in standing water, that is, a bathtub, as well as a pool, ocean or pond. This is primarily a matter of hygiene.
8- Be careful of the sun
Tattoos have darker pigments, so they are protected from sunlight, even if they have already healed. Don’t expose the design to the rays for five weeks after the treatment. The skin has not yet healed sufficiently, and you may damage it irreversibly. However, you should also apply the highest sun protection factor to the tattooed areas after healing. Otherwise, the ink may fade.
But beware – not many people know that you should also refrain from sunbathing before tattooing. Bronzed skin does not tolerate much tattoo ink. It’s filled with pigments from the tan. It is one of the reasons why tattoos are not recommended in summer.