Do Your Research On A Tattoo Artist

August 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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If you are a tattoo virgin and do not have a tattoo artist that you regularly go to than you should most definitely do your research on a tattoo artist. There are hundreds of tattoos artists out there but some are better than others. For instance some tattoo artists specialize in certain kinds of tattoos. Take portrait tattoos, these tattoos are very hard to do. Not just any one can draw a picture of a real live person on your skin. This kind of tattoo takes a lot of training and experience. Portrait tattoos are one of the most difficult to do and not ever tattoo artist can pull them off.

So if you have your heart set on getting a portrait tattoo do your research first and talk to your tattoo artist and see if they feel comfortable doing one. Also don’t be shy, look through their tattoo book of people they have tattooed before. Not only will this ease your mind that they are competent but it will also give you an idea of what kind of tattoo they excel at. If your tattoo artist does not feel comfortable doing a portrait tattoo then don’t be afraid to ask them to recommend someone they feel would do the job better. More than likely there will be someone in the tattoo shop that specializes in these tattoos so you won’t have to leave to comfort of your tattoo shop. If no one has experience with them in the shop simply ask for a recommendation of another artist.

Just remember when trying to find a tattoo artist you need to make sure you see pictures of their work or know someone who has been tattooed by them. There is nothing worse than getting a bad quality tattoo.

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Ashley

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Cleanliness Is Not A Laughing Matter

June 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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When it comes to getting a tattoo, cleanliness is no laughing matter. Many may think it’s not that big of a deal to make sure the tattoo parlor or studio that you are using is following the proper health codes and using proper sterilizing equipment. This is no laughing matter. If a tattoo parlor or tattoo studio does not use to correct sterilizing equipment and does not follow the proper health codes you could very easily end up with HIV or hepatitis.

Well respected tattoo artists are urging people to be extra cautious when it comes to getting a tattoo. These extra precautions have been brought up because Zipp’s Tattoo parlour in Edmonton, was closed don due to unsanitary conditions. Also heath officials are encouraging anyone who got tattoo at this tattoo parlor to go out and get an HIV or hepatitis test immediately. Zipp’s Tattoo parlor was using unsterilized instruments, as well as not using enough  antiseptic and there was evidence of them giving tattoos to animals in the studio.

Tattoo artist urge tattoo seekers to evaluate the tattoo studio you are visiting and to ask questions about how they sterilize their equipment. Another no brainier is to make sure the tattoo artist is wearing some sort of disposable rubber glove. Another great tip to make sure they are using clean ink with you. Tattoo artist should pour a small amount of ink into a little cup to use for your tattoo session. Well respected tattoo artist also say to stay away from scratchers – people who give low-cost tattoos out of their homes. Not only can you not be certain about how clean their equipment is you may not be able to see how good of a job they do.

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Ashley

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How To Preserve Your New Tattoo

June 20, 2009 at 8:55 am (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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It may come many as a surprise that your actually need to take of your tattoo not only after you have just gotten it but for the rest of your life. After all once you decided to get  a tattoo your are making a life time commitment to your tattoo and you should continue to care for it years down the road. Many people are not aware of this and because of this their tattoo may not seem as vibrant and will most definitely fade. The steps that it takes to preserve your tattoo is nothing tendency and can be done in a matter of a minute or two. If you follow the below steps you should never have to worry about your tattoo looking dull or fading.

1. The number one after care tip for your tattoo is to keep it out of the direct sunlight as often as possible. If you are going to be in the sun be sure to put a high SPF sunscreen like 45 or 50 on it and be sure to reapply as needed. Also never ever expose your brand new tattoo to the direct sun.

2. It is important not to go swimming, get in a hot tube or take a bath after getting a new tattoo. This can cause it to not heal properly and can cause fading to occur.

3. Be sure to keep your tattoo moisturized for the rest of your life. Take two seconds in the morning after you get out of the shower and apply some lotion to your tattoo. Some people recommend using Vaseline to help from fading.

4. It is very important not to shave any areas where you have gotten a tattoo for at least 30 days after those 30 days you can but be carefully and try not to cut yourself.

5. When your tattoo is healing make sure you only touch it with clean hands.

6. Your tattoo will itch after you have gotten it and it is healing. It is very important to not pick or scratch at your tattoo. This will cause the scab to fall off your tattoo and your tattoo could end up having a bunch of white dots in it.

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Ashley

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A Few Tips One Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo

June 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , )

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Several people think that you can just waltz into a tattoo parlor or tattoo studio and just sit down in the chair and get some ink, well that is not the case. You most certainly can do that but you need to be prepared before you walk in there and get your body ink. First of all you should have your design picked out and should be certain on the location your want your new tattoo to be on. However, there are several things you need to do to prepare yourself as well as your body for your new tattoo. Since tattoos breach the skin and a foreign object, the tattoo ink is being injected into your skin you need to prepare your body for this disturbance.

* First and foremost you can not have any alcohol in your system. Some people say getting liquored up before you get some ink can help numb the pain. Well this is awful advise. Your body needs to be clear of all alcohol. Alcohol thins your blood, which means you will bleed more. More blood means the longer it will take for the tattoo to heal not to mention that your tattoo artist will have a difficult time doing a good quality job when you are bleeding more than you should be.

*This next tip maybe kind of silly but you need to make sure you are clean. Make sure you take shower, you are going to be in close proximity of your tattoo artist so your don’t want to stink.

*Another great way to help your body get ready for a new tattoo is increase your intake of vitamin C. Not only is it good for your body but it will also help with the healing process.

* Another silly tip is to make sure you have a good nights sleep before getting your new tattoo. If you body is tried and fatigued it could effect the way your immune system handles getting the new tattoo.

*On the day of your tattoo it is probably best not to wear white because you could get a little bit of blood on your clothing. All tattoos bleed this is normal. It’s also probably best to wear clothes that are not tight and won’t get in the way of getting your tattoo. For instance if you are a woman getting a tattoo on your shoulder where a tank top or be prepared to take your shirt off when getting it.

*One of the most important tips is to make sure your do not get a tattoo on an empty stomach. Many people can feel light headed and faint. You very well could pass out while getting a tattoo if they don’t have anything in your stomach.

*Another great tip for tattoo virgins is to bring some sort of distraction with you. If you have an ipod bring it to listen to. Or bring a friend to have a conversation with. But most of the time your tattoo artist will strike up a conversation with you to help keep your mind off of the tattoo.

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Ashley

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Ten Aftercare Tips For Foot Tattoos

May 30, 2009 at 9:36 am (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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The popularity of foot tattoos is sweeping the United States by a storm. More and more people, mainly women are wanting to get their foot tattooed. So one may wonder why are foot tattoos getting so popular and why is every one wanting one. Well to begin with foot tattoos are just cool. Think about it if you thought your foot was a little ugly or your simply don’t like feet, adding some ink to that area automatically makes it cool. Another reason why they have gotten so popular is that they are exclusive and quite distinctive. Lastly, a foot tattoo adds to your foot a touch of unmistakable sex appeal and attractiveness.

So if you are considering getting a foot tattoo, you may want to follow these 10 aftercare tips.

1. First and foremost only get one foot tattooed at a time. Foot tattoos are considered to be more painful and your will more than likely experience some swelling of your foot. These swelling may cause you difficulty in walking the first few days.

2. Make sure you clear your schedule so you don’t have to wear shoes the rest of the day after you get the tat and the day after. If you have to wear shoes makes sure to wear flip flops or sandals. You want to refine from covering your tattooed area with a shoes, flip flop or sandal.

3. You may want to have a designate driver depending on what foot your get tattooed. It maybe uncomfortable or painful for you to press down on the pedals depending on what foot your get tattooed.

4. It is very important to go straight home or to a place where you can prop your feet up and elevate your tattooed foot to help decrease the swelling. It is also a good idea to apply ice to your foot as often as you can.

5. If you have to work after getting your tattoo and you sit at a desk be sure to try and elevate your foot as much as you can and if you work on your feet be sure to take as many breaks as you can and elevate your foot.

6. It is a good idea to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Also some experts say to cut down on your sodium intake as well.

7. At the end of the day be sure to prop your feet up and apply some ice for a few hours.

8. It is normal to experience ups and downs with a foot tattoo. Some mornings your foot will feel fine other mornings it maybe real sore and hurt to put pressure on it.

9. Be sure to watch your tattoo carefully to make sure it is not getting infected. While minor swelling and redness is perfectly normal during the first week, excessive swelling, redness or pain accompanied by oozing or skin that is hot to the touch may indicate an infection. Foot infections can turn very bad very quickly and need to be treated immediately.

10. Lastly, be sure to get your exercise. Mild aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping and increases your circulation can actually help with healing. Lack of oxygen and blood circulation slows down the healing process.

Please note that not all of these tips will apply to everyone that gets a foot tattoo. It’s just the general rule of thumb to follow if you start to experience any swelling. It is also just some good information to have just in case.

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Ashley

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Information On Foot Tattoos

May 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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With the popularity of foot tattoos on the rise people are constantly wondering about the pain level, if the ink fades quicker etc. Well there is some good news out there for some folks. People who have foot tattoos simply say that if you take care of it you should not experience too much fading, causing you to get it touched up frequently. These people state that you just need to make sure you put an SPF sunscreen of at least 50 on your tattoo when you are out in the sun and keep it motiorized. It is also recommend not to wear socks as often as possible. If you follow these simply tips than your foot tattoo should last as long as any other tattoo.

As far as the pain level with getting a foot tattoo it is a no brainier that it is going to be a little more painful than somewhere else on your body. However, no one seems to know for sure why foot tattoos hurt a bit more. Perhaps because your foot has a high number of nerve ending and no muscle between the skin and the bone. Either way you should be prepared for it to hurt. Also is has been reported that foot tattoos bleed more than a tattoo that you would get any where else on your body. This is really no big deal just make sure to keep your new tattoo clean. Also it is excepted for the healing time on a foot tattoo to be 3 to 5 days, which is no longer than any other tattoo. It is also recommend to try and stay off your feet if possible and try not to wear shoes and socks. So if you are thinking of getting a tattoo on your foot, it’s probably best to get one in the warmer months or in fall when it is still warm enough to wear flip flops or sandals.

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Ashley

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Don’t Rush Into Getting A Tattoo

May 2, 2009 at 8:57 am (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , )

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A common mistake that first timers make when getting a tattoo is rushing into the whole thing too quickly. You most certainly should not rush things when it comes to getting something inked on your body and having to live with it for the rest of your life. It is wise to think things through and think your design out. Don’t be so eager to get tattooed that your pick a random design off the wall at the tattoo parlor and years down the line ask yourself, why in the world did I get this tattoo? Or come to realize the design gets mistake for something else than what it really is.

Getting a tattoo is a very exciting time in ones life but it is important to remain level headed and think straight. Put some thought into your tattoo design as well as the location of your tattoo. These two things are most important when deciding on getting a tattoo. Picking the wrong location of your tattoo could be the curse of death for you. Also you should have no excuse in not being able to picks out a great design, there are several outlets these days that one has access to to pick a tattoo design. There are several website on the internet as well as books, magazine. Not to mention thinking one up from scratch.

Another important piece of advice when picking out a tattoo is don’t pick something meaningless. Your tattoo design should have meaning to you, therefore you will not end up regretting it later on in life. Just be smart about picking out your tattoo. A great moto to live by when picking out your design is think twice, ink once.

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Ashley

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Tattoo Tips For First Timers

February 21, 2009 at 10:37 am (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Deciding to get a tattoo is a fun and exciting decision in ones life, but you should also be aware of a few little things before you jump the shark and get inked. There are several tattoo tips out there and several people may give your different ones, but there a several general rule of thumb tattoo tips that every first timers should be educated on before going to the tattoo parlor or studio and getting inked.

Below are a few rule of thumb tips:

* First and foremost you want to be certain the tattoo parlor you choose has the proper sterilizing equipment like an autoclave. You also want to make sure they have bio-hazard container to dispose of bloody objects and needles.

* Make sure your tattoo artist is knowledgeable, well mannered and helpful. Some tattoo artist have attitudes and or quirky personalities if you are not comfortable with that, then simply find another tattoo artist.

* A good tattoo artist will be able to answer any question you may have about tattooing if they don’t know then they should be able to ask someone or find out for you.

* A good tattoo artist will also double check that you are satisfied with your tattoo design before the start tattooing it on you.

* A good tattoo artist will wear fresh disposable gloves, they open a new needle in front of you and they use fresh ink.

* The tattoo artist will provide you with clear and easy to follow aftercare instructions.

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Ashley

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Don’t Get A Tattoo Under Peer Pressure

February 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Deciding to get a tattoo is no laughing matter and it should be taken very seriously. After all you will have this design you choose inked on your skin forever! Unfortunately a lot of people get caught up in the act of getting a tattoo. One thing is for sure you should only get a tattoo if you yourself decide to get one. Never ever let your friends pressure you into getting some ink. This is a very important decision that you should make on your own will. Also don’t get caught up in the moment if you are at a tattoo parlor with a friend or if you by chance are walking by one. Tattoos should be thought out and taken very seriously.

One may think that getting a tattoo at the spur of the moment might not be so bad, especially if they are a spontaneous person. However, you would be taking a huge chance of regretting what you are getting. You may laugh off the design you got a few years down the road but another 1o or 20 years down the road you my feel extremely embarrassed about the tattoo and might be asking yourself “What was I thinking?”

Just to be sure you don’t fall in that category carefully think out your tattoo design and don’t let anyone else try to persuade you if it is something you truly do not want to do. A big tip tattoo artist give is that you should get your tattoo for yourself and no one else. So remember that when getting inked.

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Ashley

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Things You Should Know About Black and Color Ink Tattoos

December 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

There are a 100 tattoo colors that you can choose from when getting a tattoo but believe it or not some colors are better than others. The best color tattoo ink to go with is just simple old black. Black ink seems to hold up better and doesn’t fade near as fast as color ink and an added plus is black ink tattoo most of the time is cheaper than color ink tattoos.

If black ink tattoos are not your thing and you want to add a little bit of color to your body with a color ink tattoo that is fine too. The best color ink that seems to hold up the best is blue ink. Both blue and black ink are the most stable of all the tattoo colors out there. The pigment being darker seems to help it maintain its color and brilliance longer than any other color. The two colors to stay away from are red and yellow. These two colors seem to fade the fastest and not look as good as it ages. Also a lot of people have reported having mild to serve allergic reactions to red tattoo ink. These people have had other tattoos and not had any problems with them. There just seems to be something about the red ink that doesn’t sit well with people. So to be on the safe side stay away from red.

Lastly, if you want your tattoo’s color to remain as sharp as it can the most important thing is to keep it moisturized and to limit your time in the sun. If you love being in the sun you may want to stick with a black or blue tattoo, but keep in mind you still have to apply a sunblock of 45 or higher to it to help it from fading.

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Ashley

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