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If you are thinking of getting a tattoo, take the time to talk with your tattoo artist. During the conversation, make sure to have a list of questions that you would like answered prior to moving forward with your decision. below are a few questions that you should consider asking:
How long have you been in business? This is important in determining how professional the work will be and what type of reputation the business has. if the tattoo studio is a member of the Better Business Bureau, check out their record to see about any complaints that have been initiated within the previous 36 months.
What are your qualifications? Before you see a doctor, isn’t it important to know that they are qualified? Absolutely. the same is true with a tattoo artist. even though the two professions are completely different, there are similarities in that both involve the use of needles and both professionals must be knowledgeable in their approach at sterilizing their equipment. an individual’s qualifications and training history will tell you a lot about what to expect.
Do you guarantee your work? if the final image isn’t exactly as you had hoped for, will it be fixed at no charge or what is the process if you are unhappy with the tattoo? Is there any type of refund policy? these are all important in determining service after the sale.
Can I see samples of your work or do you have references? if you want to know about the quality of work, you should always ask for references in any business.
How much will this cost? Before agreeing to a specific tattoo design, you will want to know the full cost involved. Large tattoos can be very costly, but even the smallest design can be expensive if you are on a budget. do yourself a favor and avoid any surprises – ask about the costs upfront.
How many tattoos have you done? This will give you a good indication of the experience level and how much design work the artist has done.
What is the likelihood of an infection and how may I prevent one from occurring? every good tattoo artist can provide this information. He/she should be able to tell you what to do to lessen the likelihood of an infection and what to do if you suspect that one may be developing.
Is there anyone who should not get a tattoo, such as someone with certain medical conditions? This is important, especially if you are asking because you have a condition that concerns you. Individuals with thin blood, for instance, may be more cautious about anything that involves breaking the skin or needles. the same is true of individuals with other conditions, which should be addressed prior to agreeing to be tattooed.
If I have a fear of needles, is there any way to help me through the process of getting a tattoo? Don’t feel bad if this is you. A lot of people have a fear of needles, which is a device used in creating tattoos. if you are afraid, it never hurts to explain this to the tattoo artist beforehand so that he/she can try to take extra steps to make you feel at ease or to make the experience a less painful one for you.
How long will the tattooing process take? This is important, especially if you are getting a tattoo on your lunch break. all kidding aside, you will want to know how long to expect the process to take so that you can plan the rest of your day accordingly.
This article is to be used for informational purposes only. the information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice. Before deciding on getting a tattoo or having one removed, the patient must consult a licensed medical doctor for medical advice and/or to determine the best course of action for his/her individual healthcare needs.
One of the first things people wonder about when they are thinking about getting a tattoo done is whether it actually hurts or not, and if so, how painful is it? Most people automatically assume that it is an extremely painful process because at the end of the day, no matter where on your body you want the tattoo, it involves sticking needles repeatedly into the skin.
So what is the truth of the matter? well the truth is that if you do want to get a permanent tattoo done then I’m afraid it will involve some pain. the amount of pain you will suffer is in many ways psychological. for example, two people having the exact same tattoo done by the exact same artist may have two different accounts of how painful it was. One may think it was a piece of cake and one might say that the pain was unbearable.
This is because to a large extent pain is all in the mind so if you adopt the right mindset during the procedure and tell yourself that the needles won’t hurt at all, then you should find it to be quite a tolerable experience. On the other hand if you are quite sensitive to pain, or maybe you are young and still haven’t experienced any real pain in your life, then you may find the procedure to be extremely painful. however, if you look away from the tattoo artist and keep thinking nice thoughts then you can control the pain to some extent.
If you’re still not convinced then my advice would be to simply forget about the idea of getting a tattoo. for a small minority of people just the thought of the needles going into the skin is enough to put them off, and there’s nothing wrong with that. the decision to get a tattoo is not to be taken lightly for a number of reasons.
There are always other alternatives. for example instead of a permanent piece of body art you can choose to get a temporary tattoo which can also look great and are completely painless. Overall though what I would say is that no matter how severe you expect the procedure to be, many people find that getting a tattoo done is nowhere near as painful as they anticipated it to be. As long as you get a professional licensed artist to carry out the procedure you should be fine. Just keep telling yourself that at the end of the procedure you will have a great looking tattoo design that you can show off to all your friends.
There are many things you should look for, before deciding on where to get your tattoo done. Many people don’t stop to think about whether or not the shop practices sterile protocol. the decision of getting a tattoo shouldn’t stop at what art you would like on your body permanently. But, also the quality of work, and the cleanliness of the shop itself.
Take a list with you, there are several things to look for, such as:
Autoclave- this is the preferred method of sterilizing equipment, such as grips, tubes, and needles. the process uses pressurized steam to kill bacteria. Needles, grips, and ink tubes should be sealed individually in pouches, with an indicator strip. the packages should be opened in front of the client.
Gloves- the tattoo artist should be wearing gloves at all times. They should be removed every time the artist walks away, or reaches for non-disposable items, such as ink bottles (not including ink-shots), ink caps, lubricant, or anything that has fallen on the floor to prevent cross-contamination.
Cross-contamination- the HIV/AIDS virus dies within several minutes of contact with air, however the Hepatitis B virus can live up to two weeks on an item. Cross-contamination can occur when the artist touches any unsterilized object with the gloves he is wearing. (un-covered bottles, paper, telephone, dropped items, anything that is covered for the sterile environment) and then returning to work on his/her client.
Ink cups- Tattoo ink becomes contaminated through the tattooing process, and should be poured into plastic cups prior to you getting tattooed. They should be refilled only when your artist has taken off their gloves, the tip of the bottle should not come in contact with the ink-cup as it can cause cross-contamination. the cups should be then be thrown away, or placed in a hazard bin.
Needles- the needles should be taken out of the sterilized pouch in front of the client, before the tattooing process begins. after the tattoo is completed, they should be properly disposed of in a “sharps”, or hazard container.
Cleanliness- the shop should be clean upon entering, often times they will have flash work, and portfolios hung, or laying on counter tops. if they are dusty, chances are the shop has not been cleaned properly. the floors should be mopped, and sanitized. the counters should be clean, and set up should be done during each tattoo. All disposables should be properly disposed of in a hazard container after the tattoo. the artists should wash his/her hands before, and immediately after tattooing a client. You might not stop to think about their dress, but their clothing should be clean, and properly maintained. Jewelry such as watches, rings, and bracelets should be removed by the artist, as they pose a tear risk with the gloves. All non-disposable items should be wiped down, and freshly covered during each new tattoo.