Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tattoos for Youse

I was recently at a family gathering and the subject of tattoos came up. I'm surprised at the reactions that people still have regarding tattoos and those that have them. (I have 4 tattoos that can all be covered up.)Some family members are totally stumped as to why anyone would want one. Others are curious and may be contemplating getting one of their own. Almost everyone had questions about the tattoo-ing process.
So here are some Tattoo do's and don'ts. I hope the information is helpful and maybe even gets you to consider a tattoo!

*Do consult with a reputable tattoo artist about the design you want before you get started. Make sure it is something you want for the rest of your life. The artist that did mine suggested a little different placement than I would have thought of. (He said you should be able to cover up all tattoos.)

*Do listen to your tattoo artist when your tattoo is completed. He/she will tell you how to care for your new tattoo. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

*Don't expose your new tattoo to sunlight. No tanning beds! Put sunblock/sunscreen on your tattoo when going outside. You should continue to do this even after your tattoo isn't new anymore. It will help keep the colors from fading.

*Leave the bandage on your tattoo as long as the artist instructs you to.It will prevent it from sticking to clothing, bedsheets, etc.

* Don't rebandage your tattoo.

*Use the aftercare product your artist recommends. Do not use Neosporin, Vaseline or peroxide on your tattoo. These can ruin your tattoo. Follow the directions faithfully!

*Don't pick at or scratch your tattoo. It will itch as it heals. That's part of the healing process.

*Don't go swimming or soak your tattoo for at least two weeks after you get it done.

*Don't consume alcohol before getting a tattoo. Not only could it impair your judgement but it could thin your blood and you could bleed more.

*Do research the tattoo shop. Make sure you know the precautions they are taking for your safety.

Do you have any tattoos? How do people react to yours?
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Anonymous said...

I don't have any tattoos ... I'm a bit of a chicken. However, my husband got a tattoo for his 50th birthday ... he thought about it since for 32 years before he did it. Now he is ready for another!

Carol said...

My hubby's staff gave him a gift cert. for his birthday one year. He wasn't sure at first what to think of that. Then he decided to go ahead and get one. He's talked about another one but so far hasn't done it.
They are kind of addicting once you start. :)


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