Yes, tattoos are absolutely safe as long as you go to a reputable artist who is following all recommended safety precautions. As for the pain, it is best to compare it to a “hot scratching sensation”. Yes, it hurts a bit for the first few minutes after which your body gets used to it. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain and for most of us pain is not a regular experience in our daily lives, but the beauty of a well done tattoo and the pride associated with having a piece of artwork permanently on your body far outweighs the temporary burning sensation on your skin.2) What safety precautions should I check for before getting a tattoo?
1. Always check for new sterile needles being removed from a sealed pack or an autoclave bag in front of you for each and every tattoo session. After completing a session, a professional will destroy and dispose off used needles in a sharps container.
2. Ointment, ink, water and other fluid items should be freshly poured into sterile containers or cups for your use only, and should not be returned to a universal container after it has been used for a client.
3. Make sure the artist is wearing new gloves all the way through a tattoo process.
4. Ask if the artist is vaccinated for Hepatitis B (as it is the most common infection which is spread through unsafe methods of tattooing). If they are not vaccinated, just be sure that they are following the other safety guidelines to prevent cross-contamination.
5. Ask about what training your artist has taken and completed. Always ask to see examples of the artist's finished work. Photos should be openly available for all visitors and clients to see.
1. Please come prepared for your consultation with some reference pictures or your own drawings for the artist to have a clear idea about what you want.
2. Keep your skin nicely moisturised for at least one day before the tattoo.
3. When you come for the session, make sure that you EAT WELL before the tattoo starts as the sessions might go on for long hours and your body will need strength to endure the pain.
4. DO NOT DRINK alcohol and avoid consuming heavy foods like red meat, pulses etc. for at least one day before your tattoo.
5. Avoid caffeine and energy drinks on the day of your tattoo.
When you come for the first consultation, please be prepared with some reference pictures or your own drawings for the artist to have a clear idea about what you want. The artist will ideally spend some time with you discussing about your tattoo concept while showing you different styles suited for your personality often sketching something roughly in front of you. For a detailed design, the artist will ask for some time to prepare the drawing and an advance booking amount. Only when you are totally confident and happy about the final design should you go ahead and get your tattoo. Once you are ready for your tattoo, the following are the basic steps you should expect in a professional tattoo process.1. Paperwork :
It takes 7 to 10 days for a tattoo to heal. However depending on the individual, it might take anything between 2 to 3 months for the tattooed skin to mature completely, thicken and blend with your normal skin.6) Is it okay to take a bath or go out in the sun after getting a new tattoo?
Yes, you may take a bath after getting a tattoo by applying a thin layer of A&D ointment on the tattoo so that the water does not seep in. Make sure you pat the tattoo area dry quickly after bathing as you should not soak the tattoo in water for too long. It is NOT a good idea to expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight or bathe in the sea during the first month as it might cause fading or change in the original colour of your tattoo.7) Will hair grow on my new tattoo? When can I shave/wax?
Yes, hair will grow on your tattooed skin as it normally does. If you have dense or long body hair, you might reconsider the position of your tattoo as the hair growth might obscure your tattoo. Before you decide to shave/wax your tattooed skin, please wait for at least two to three weeks after getting tattooed for the skin to heal completely.8) Can you describe the tattoo aftercare process in detail?
After you come home with your new tattoo, remove the bandage within the first 3 hours and wash your tattoo gently with water. Make sure all the dry plasma/blood is washed off. Now pat dry your tattoo with fresh tissue and leave open to dry. Once your tattoo is completely dry, apply a very thin layer of the A&D ointment provided. Repeat this 3 times a day for at least the next 3 days. The following healing process can be classified into three phases which are described as follows.
• PHASE 1 : “DRY SKIN SCABBING” -
• PHASE 2 : “THIN FLAKY SKIN” -
• PHASE 3 : “LEATHERY SKIN” -
1. DO NOT let anyone touch your freshly made tattoo as bacteria might infect it.
2. DO NOT soak your tattoo in water; stay out of pools, hot tubs or oceans for the first month.
3. DO NOT expose your tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds for the first month.
4. AVOID eating anything heavy (red meats, pulses etc.)
5. AVOID drinking alcohol as it may cause heat boils on and around your tattoo.
6. DO NOT exercise the tattooed area till all your scabs have fallen off as stretching your skin may force the scabs to leave your skin resulting in loss of colour.
7. It is advised to MOISTURISE your tattoo daily even after it is healed.
These kinds of products are really not recommended as it might dilute the blood which will cause more bleeding.10) Can I drink alcohol or get high on drugs before getting the tattoo?
NO, you should not. Alcohol or any kind of drugs reduce your body’s healing power and affect your immune system, also diluting your blood causing excessive bleeding. Consuming these substances before getting a tattoo may result in fainting or undesirable situations which neither the artist nor you would like to face.11) How much is it going to cost?
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you cheap, and you'll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. If you can't pay for quality, come back later when you can. Your tattoo is a piece of art you will wear for life.12) How old should I be to get a tattoo?
18 is the legal age for getting a tattoo. However, we may consider tattooing a minor if they are accompanied by their parents.13) Is it permanent for life? Can I modify it later? Will the colours stay?
Yes, tattoos are permanent. But all tattoos will age with time. Exposure to sun, improper aftercare or ill health may affect the final results. Colours will come out better if you are fair skinned and will be muted if you have a dark complexion. Think of your skin as a filter over the real colours of your tattoo. Old or faded tattoos can be covered up (by reworking or modifying). Tattoos can also be removed by professional laser treatment but the tattooed skin area will become lighter than the original skin colour like bleached skin.14) Can I be allergic to the ink?
Yes, it is possible to get allergic reactions with the colours if you have a history of skin allergies. In that case you should get a written permission from your doctor before coming for the tattoo. However, this is a very rare case and in our experience we have not faced such issues with any of our clients.15) What is the best time of the year to get a tattoo?
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.16) Is it okay to get a tattoo if I am sick, pregnant or breast feeding?
It is not a good idea to get a tattoo when your immune system is not at 100%. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already battling against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.17) Where can I find tattoo designs of stars, butterflies, skulls, etc.?
If you're getting a tattoo, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else's? Instead, find other pictures of what you're looking for and have your artist draw up a custom design for you. For example, if you want a tattoo of a bird on a tree, find real photos of birds and trees. If you want a tattoo of green leaves wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real leaves and crosses that you like. If the pictures don't show exactly what you want, just take them to your artist to use them as guidelines and tell them what changes you want made to the original pictures. A real artist will welcome the challenge of a custom piece.18) What design should I get? And where?
This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. Just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.19) Where is the least and most painful spot for a tattoo?
Places where you have thick skin (upper arm, outer forearm, upper back, thighs, calf area) are the least painful. Whereas areas where you have thin skin or bones (neck, inner bicep, inside elbow, ribs, back of the knee and top of the feet) can be more painful as there are less muscle and fat to absorb the needle pressure.20) My friend just bought a tattoo machine and wants to practice on me. Should I let them?
No, you should not. Your friend could be putting both of your lives in danger by foolishly trying to learn this at home. Tell them that they need to get a proper apprenticeship from an experienced tattoo artist, and they can start practicing on you when their mentor (master) feels they are ready.21) Do you make temporary tattoos and body piercings?
No, we only make permanent tattoos.