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Everything You Wanted to Know About Tattoos

Posted by Ann V. On 2018 Jan 12th

Everything You Wanted to Know About Tattoos

Here we have listed important things about tattoos you always wanted to know.

Once associated with prisoners, rebels and sailors, tattoos have become the part of mainstream fashion. People from all walks of life are getting tattoo.

This body art has taken the USA by storm as nearly 40% Americans have at least one tattoo on their body. No wonder that the tattoo industry is the sixth fastest-growing retail business in the USA, according to a report by the U.S. News and World. It has also stirred online interest as well, as over 140 million tattoo related searches are done each month on Google.

This is how tattoos have emerged as a never ending rage.

Let’s move to the topic of the blog.

Are you looking to get a tattoo for the very first time? It means that you have lot questions in your mind regarding tattoos. Here we have rounded up essential piece of information about tattoos you always wanted to know about.

How Tattoos are made?

First of all, you like to know how tattoos are made on the skin. Tattoos are made using a tattoo gun, which has a needle to strike the skin (that is 3,000 times per minute). The needle embeds ink into the top layers of the skin.

Does it hurt?

One of the most asked questions about tattooing! In fact, it is more a concern that keeps the personup at the night before his first tattoo. However, pain level in tattooing depends on various factors like pain threshold, size of tattoos and where you are getting them. You feel different than your friend while getting a tattoo.

For example, if you are going to have a tattoo on elbow, ankle, forehead or on knuckles, it is more painful. These body areas are boney and have less muscle cushion to resist the striking of the needle. On the other hand, if you get a tattoo on fleshy areas like thighs, chest, shoulder and arms, you will have relatively less pain.

Then, the pain is determined by the size of the tattoo. Small tattoos are not that painful as they cover just a patch of the skin. Large tattoos are complicated and may cause more pain. The expertise of your tattoo artist also does matter.

Can I Prevent the Pain Occurring During Tattooing?

Yes, you can. There are many things you can use to make your tattooing process less painful. Some people use ice cubes. Some take aspirins (which is not safe). However, numbing cream is an effective pain reducing methods by far.

It is a topical anesthetic which desensitizesthe skin by dulling your pain receptors. Once your skin is dull, you don’t feel anything done or happening to your skin. This is why tattoo artists recommend numbing cream to their clients.

But not all numbing creams are the same. Some creams are so mild that they are not useful for dulling intense pain. Dr.Numb® is a popular numbing cream for tattooing, piercing and surgical incision. It contains 5% lidocaine and keeps your skin numb for couple of hours. Plus, it doesn’t have side effect.

How Much Does Tattoo Cost?

There is no fixed rate for tattooing. It depends on the size of tattoo, location of the tattoo studio and reputation of your tattoo artist. For example, a simple line of tattoo will cost you a dime while you have to pay hundreds of dollars for a big Samoan tattoo. Obviously, big tattoos are detailed and need a lot of shading, requiring patience, utmost focus and intense labor from the artist. Even some small tattoos like butterfly or rose are difficult to make. Single pigment tattoos are cheaper than multicolor tattoos. Some body parts like hard to reach areas are challenging for a tattoo artist to work over them. On the top of that, they have a heavy machine. So, they may likely to ask for more prices.

Sometime, a tattoo artist charges for the delays caused by pain and fatigue in the mid of the process.

In simple words, you get what you pay for. However, you shouldn’t compromise with the quality for just the sake of getting something cheaper.

What is the Best Time of Year to Get a Tattoo?

Although you can get a tattoo in any season throughout the year, winter is the best time for getting the tattoo for many reasons. For example, skin is prone to tanning, harmful chemicals in swimming pool, water contact, sweat and other elements during summer.

Another reason is that people are less likely to get a tattoo during winters due to frozen weather or just because they won’t be able to flaunt it due to the heavy layering of the clothes.

So, tattoo studios can lower their prices to get more business. Winters will be enough for a tattoo to heal so that you can flaunt it in summers.

I am Sick. Can I Get a Tattoo?

Being a sick means your immune system is all busy in providing protection against viruses. The immune system won’t have enough strength to heal your tattoos as it is already fighting virus and bacteria.

Then, your illness into the tattoo studio can pass on the risk to others. It is better if you get the tattoo done when you are 100% well.

What to Do Before and After Tattooing?

Things to Do Before Tattooing:

  • Choose a good tattoo artist.
  • Research on tattoo design.
  • Avoid taking alcohol or aspirin/painkillers before tattooing as it thins your blood.
  • Apply numbing cream for a painless process.
  • Make sure a tattoo artist use new and sterile equipment like needle and ink after tattooing on each client skin.

Things to Do After Tattooing:

  • Listen to your tattoo artist’s aftercare tips.
  • Don’t swim as water bodies’ chemicals and bacteria can harm your tattoos.
  • Avoid activities like workout and sauna which cause excessive sweating.
  • Don’t expose your fresh tattoo to the sun as it may lose its shine.
  • Avoid tanning and sun bed
  • Avoid swimming as the chlorine in water may affect your tattoo