Body and Face
Summer time is the peak season for new
With a few simple steps, you can help your new tattoo heal quickly and
without complications. Here are a few pointers...
First, ALWAYS follow your tattoo artist's advice over anyone else's
since they are the experts, they created it and they know their stuff!
Following, is what I've learned since entering the tattoo aftercare
business, making my product, Raven Tattoo Care, an aftercare salve for
healing new tats:
~At the first
sign of infection or swelling, go immediately to your doctor's office -
but, thanks to today's sterile environments, complications are rare.
~ Most important of all, keep your new tattoo clean.
~Once your bandage has been removed, do not pick at your new tattoo.
~Keep it very clean by gently washing it a couple of times a day with a
mild antibacterial soap and gently patting dry. Then apply your
~Very important to note during the intensely hot summer months,
it is best to keep a new tattoo out of the sun!
Why take the risk of burning your new tattoo and
ending everyone forgets to reapply sunscreen, and soup with a mess?
First and new Butterfly Tattoo
Just keep it covered up completely for a minimum
of 3 weeks as this is the average complete healing period. The more you
protect it at this point, the better it will heal and look later.
~Try to stay out of water - bathtubs, hot tubs and pools for the first
three weeks, these things just impede the healing process and can damage
the work you paid for!
~Don't use vaseline, citrus products, tea tree products (or anything
with unnecessary chemicals, dyes or perfumes on your new tattoo. If you
can't afford to buy
aftercare for healing it, it's better to use nothing on it, than
to potentially ruin the ink with clogged pores or rashes!).
Remember, you chose the tattoo design, endured the pain,
paid for it, now don't ruin it -- protect it so you can show it
off for years to come and make your artist proud!
This article was written to inform only and is not meant as medical
advice. I am not a doctor, but am in the tattoo industry.
further questions, or to order Raven, feel free to go to the Raven
Tattoo Care website at www.raventattoocare.com or email me at email@example.com.
Raven is sold wholesale only on our site, but can be found for sale
worldwide to the public on ebay.
Missy Coggin, partner, Raven Tattoo Care
First and new Devil Tattoo
My First Tattoo - The Art of Body Modification
My first tattoo experience totally rocked! My dad (a former Marine with
plenty of ink himself) knew what to look for an approved a studio for me
to be tattooed at. He said he would sign for it since I was only 17, all
I had to do was save up the money to get it. Seemed almost too good to
be true. I saved the money for the quoted cost of the tattoo, and went
to my dad all excited.
He frowned at me.
He said I had to tip the tattoo artist too. He didn't
previously inform me of this. I was irritated. I asked him how much more
I had to save. He told me. I was bummed, as I had blown the rest of the
money from my paycheck.
A slow two weeks passed before I had the rest of
the money needed in hand. I gave it to my dad for safe keeping. He made
my appointment. I was excited, I thought the appointed day would never
arrive. I could barely sleep the night before, I was filled with
excitement and nervous anticipation.
On the appointed day, my dad and I left the house early. We
stopped at the local grocery store. My dad handed me a five
dollar bill and told me to
package of jolly rancher hard candies and a bottle of sprite. I
confused and asked why I needed to purchase these items. He said since I
was a diabetic, it was to help with the blood sugar spikes and that I
should just shut my mouth and get my butt into gear. I frowned at him,
but went to purchase the aforementioned items.
We arrived at the tattoo studio for my first and new tattoo approximately fifteen minutes before my
appointment time. I looked at my dad. He said it was better manners to
arrive early as tattoo artists only make money when they have clients in
the chair, and being late could hurt the artists income flow. My dad
talked to the receptionist and filled out the needed paperwork to have
his minor child tattooed. I didn't realize he had brought my school id
and birth certificate with us, along with my drivers license.
First and new red Flower
So I sat in the waiting room for what felt like an eternity.
Finally my name was called, and I walked to the back of
the studio with my dad and Mark the tattoo artist. He
pulled out the stencil for my tattoo and asked if it was
what I had hoped for. I told him it was more than I had
hoped for. He was pleased. He sprayed cold stuff on my
First and new Chinese Dragon Tattoo
then shaved it. I said I had shaved it just that
morning. He said he wasn't trying to insult the
shave job I had done that morning, but the skin
had to be absolutely hair free for the tattoo to
be perfect. I said he would know he was the
professional. He smiled again. He then placed
the stencil on my leg and asked me too look in
the mirror to approve its location. I said it
He smiled again. He
put on latex free gloves and started to put ink
in the itty bitty individual cups. One cup for
every color and there was going to be a good
deal of color in my tattoo. The he started
opening the needle packets. I looked at my dad
for a split second. He said this was normal, and
that I should relax.
Finally after Mark had made all of his preparations he said we were
ready to begin. I held my dad's hand as Mark began the outline. We
talked about everything from how cool my dad was to sign for me, to
music, books, and other artists we both admired. I was so into the
conversation I barely felt a thing. When the outline was finished my dad
made me drink a little of the sprite since he said I turned a nice shade
of pale. Thanks dad.
After my dad finished his fussing, Mark began to
fill the tattoo outline in
|with color. The whole
tattoo took about an hour and ten minutes. Finally it
Mark sprayed more cold stuff on me, wiped my new
tattoo clean and told me to check it out in the mirror. I did. I was so
psyched. I was so thrilled I have him a hug. My dad said it was really
nice work and shook Mark's hand.
Mark bandaged me up, and gave me a list of aftercare instructions. My
dad and I gathered up all of our stuff, paid the receptionist and tipped
Mark and we were on our way.
After we left the tattoo art studio, my dad kissed me on the forehead
and said a first tattoo was a rite of passage, and he was glad he could
help his little girl with hers.
Looking back on it now, I'm so unbelievably lucky and happy my dad went
with me. My dad knew the signs of a good studio, and took the time to
research the studios in the area. My dad rocks, and so did my first
tattoo experience because of him!!!!
About the Author Bethie Santry
Killer Tattoo Designs, Art, Photos and more can be found at Tattoo
Design Central by visiting http://tattoodesign.90percentattitude.com. Bethie Santry is the author of Your First Tattoo --
http://tattoodesign.90percentattitude.com/firsttattoo.html -- a top
selling tell-all, 12 step guide for everything you need to know BEFORE
getting your first tattoo.