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Tattoo Aftercare

Any good tattoo shop will give you detailed aftercare information when you get your tattoo.

The details may vary slightly, but there are a handful of standard procedures like proper cleansing, moisturizing, and protection. Following your tattooists instructions will ensure your tattoo stays looking good, and that you won’t face any unnecessary complications during healing.

Failure to follow the aftercare instructions can result in faded ink, excessive scabbing, rejection of the ink by your immune system, a spotty or broken design, and even severe infection. Aftercare is essential, and there are products specifically designed to help your tattoo heal properly. Your tattoo shop will fill you in with all the details.

Related to proper after care is the importance of sun protection for your tattoos (and long term health).

These days, most people know that exposure to the sun can wrinkle your skin and even cause cancer. And so, we cover up our skin and protect it from the sun using SPF lotion. But, did you know that along with your health, you risk destroying your tattoos with repeated exposure to the sun?

Wearing sunscreen and protecting your tattoos from the sun is especially important in the months after getting a tattoo, but it should really become a lifelong habit. Sun protection will protect your health, as well as you body art investment. Protect your skin and you will look beautiful for years to come!

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Tattoo Placement

While most people spend a lot of time thinking about design, an often neglected area is thinking about where to put the tattoo on their body.

There are a few main factors you should take into consideration: social, aesthetic, and professional. Depending on your career and social life, you may want to consider tattoos that won’t be seen by casual acquaintances: this rules out the forearms arms, calves and feet as tattoo locations. However, for some people, anything covered by a business suit is OK.

Remember, how your body looks is in part of how you express yourself to others, and thus how you are judged.

Things that are OK with your friends may not fly during a job interview or when you need something from someone with a negative attitude toward tattoos.
This is why most people, and especially people new to tattoos, should avoid getting tattoos,  on their hands, neck, or head and face. In fact, most shops will refuse to do the work unless it is obvious you are already ‘in the tattoo game’. The reason is that these are areas you cannot easily hide behind clothes, and no matter who you are, there will be situations where you don’t want to show that ink to the world.
When Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling, he didn’t just copy artwork that he had drawn earlier on paper, he went one step further and estimated the curvature in the domed ceiling, and was able to slightly distort the images he was painting so that it would look proportionate to someone on the ground.

In the same way, when considering your own body art, you have to take into account your body’s natural shape. This is something you can work on with your tattoo artist, but keep it in mind as you consider a design.

For example, if you have thin arms, a full on vertical portrait is not going to look right. The edges will curve around your arm and distort the image.

If you are thinking about a tattoo on your leg, know that the shape of your calf will have the same effect; long, straight vertical or horizontal lines will distort. It’s best to match the type of lines in a design to the curves on the body part being tattooed.

Designs with a lot of straight lines, or images that cannot be distorted are best on simple, flat areas like the back or shoulder blade. Similarly, designs with many flowing curves are best paired with a body part that’s natural curves will complement the design, like a shoulder, arm, or leg.

You can use tattoos to break up blank space, this is why wide, short tattoos are popular on the lower back.

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Choose the Right Tatoo Parlor

There are lots of tattoo parlors out there. Did you pick the right one? We’ll teach you how to know if a parlor is right for you. Don’t settle for second rate work!

Getting a tattoo isn’t like having your house painted, where just anyone with a brush and some paint can do a passable job.

First and foremost, tattooists are artists, and like any profession some are better than others. There are several criteria you should consider when choosing a tattoo parlor. First, it is vital to pick a tattoo shop that follows all the legal health regulations in your area.

Saving an extra $20 dollars isn’t worth contracting hepatitis, a blood infection, or AIDS. Any reputable tattoo parlor is clean, sterilizes all equipment, covers your skin to avoid contamination, and always uses latex gloves while working.

If a parlor refuses to sterilize or remove equipment from sealed packaging in front of you, leave and find another shop.

Second, pick a shop that takes a personal interest in providing you with the best tattoo. These parlors will support you with proper aftercare suggestions, free or cheap touch-ups if needed, and will work with you to make sure your design fits your lifestyle, your wallet and your body.

Finally, make sure that you pick a parlor that has experience in the type of work you want done. For example, a shop that specializes in tribal designs isn’t the right place to go for a portrait of your child, nor is a run-of-the-mill studio where you want to go for a traditional Japanese black and gray shading tattoo.

Ask to see portfolios of the artist’s previous work if you have an concerns, and discuss your design with the artist. Often, being a professional tattoo artist, they can make suggestions that will improve your tattoo’s design and your enjoyment.

Just as picking the right tattoo studio is important, avoiding amateur artists is equally vital. Your friend with the homemade kit consisting of a sewing needle and Bic pen is not doing you any favors by saving you money on a professional tat, no matter how many tats he’s done.

In this case, what your friend is doing is ensuring you get a poor design, with potentially dangerous inks, greatly increased risks of infection, and a tattoo that looks like you spent a bad night in a Tijuana prison. It surely isn’t the piece of individual expression you wanted permanently on your body.

In summary, if you go to an amateur, you will later regret it. No matter how much money is saved at the beginingt, you will end up spending two or three times that in hospital bills, cover-up jobs, or removal.

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Why Get a Tattoo?

Of all the body modifications available, none are as individualistic and artistic as tattoos. A well done tattoo can say quite a bit about your life. However, the power of an skillfully executed tattoo design can be ruined if you ignore the common mistakes people make when deciding to get a tattoo. However, choosing a tattoo design doesn’t need to be a difficult or scary process. As a conservatively tattooed man, with a large group of friends with a wide range of tattoos, from the pedestrian to the extreme, I have learned more about tattooing and piercing than most people do in a lifetime. I want to pass this knowledge on to you so that you can avoid the mistakes most people make, and so that your tattoo experience is a positive and rewarding lifestyle choice that you will be happy with for decades to come.

Why Get A Tattoo? Let’s discuss the top 13 reasons you may want to get a tattoo in the first place!

  1. Self Expression - Tattoos are works of art that can be used as a vehicle to display your unique sense of individuality to the world. For instance, if you are into the “undead scene” others will be able to identify you by the ghostly spirit tattooed on your arm. If you are an art lover, an Andy Warhol or Leonardo Da Vinci inspired tattoo will deliver the message to others. The tattoo can also give others some idea of your occupation.
  2. Tribal Identity - The original intention of a tattoo was to mark an individual as part of a tribe or a group. This type of tattoo warns others if you happen to belong to some kind of gang (good for them) and allows other kindred spirits to identify you (good for you.) For instance, an iron cross can identify a Goth individual, the Serenity Prayer an AA member, a Harley Davidson logo a biker, a crucifix a Christian, an anchor a member of the Navy and so on..
  3. Spiritual Growth - Many individuals will get a tattoo after they experience an epiphany or leap of faith that has led to their survival against great odds. Examples of this kind of tattoo are the lung cancer survivor who gets a tattoo of the wind blowing and the student of Buddhism who gets the “ohm” symbol tattooed on his chest after receiving teachings from a master.
  4. For Spiritual Protection - Cab drivers will boast a tattoo of St. Christopher on their arms to prevent accidents on the road. A very familiar tattoo for protection is the eye within the hand or the eye within the triangle that finds its origins in the ancient Mediterranean. Crucifix’s, sacred hearts, St. Michael and gods or goddesses are often used for the same purposes.
  5. Marking Important Events - Weddings, anniversaries, divorces, surviving a war and other occasions sometimes warrant a tattoo. Some couples are getting tattoos marked around the fourth finger of their left hand rather than opting for the traditional engagement ring.
  6. Paying Homage - Sometimes a tattoo is in order after the death of a celebrity, favorite pet or relative. Usually these tattoos are portraits commissioned by a very talented artist who can reproduce likenesses of such personages as Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy or Malcolm X.
  7. To Enhance Luck - Getting a tattoo to enhance your luck is as old as primitive man. Today you can see everything from pairs of dice to four leafed clovers to the Greek Goddess Fortuna marked on the arms of those who wish to court Lady Luck.
  8. To Express Commitment - Getting a tattoo in this day of “disposable everything” is an expression of commitment to yourself that is forever. The sages say that making an irrevocable decision is good for the soul!
  9. Totem Symbols and Animals - Some people consider a tattoo to be an expression of their soul or spirit guide. Fairies, hummingbirds, butterflies, angels, wolves, tigers and other animals are popular examples of this kind of tattoo.
  10. As a memorial - Some tattoos are used to remember a beloved family member or pet that has passed away.
  11. Enhancing Sexuality - There is a theory that getting a tattoo on the lower back helps open up the base chakra (near the bottom of the spine) and enhances the kundalini (life force) that governs such matters as survival and sexuality. A tiny tattoo on the female hipbone or on the inner thigh is considered to be very sexy.
  12. Multiple Births - In this age of fertility drugs, more mothers than ever are giving birth to identical twins, triplets and quadruplets. Tattooing the bottom of the newborns’ feet is one way to guarantee that you will always be able to tell your children apart from each other.
  13. To Make People Laugh – Best of all, tattoos do have a way of “breaking the ice” when it comes to starting a conversation. There is nothing wrong with adding a little levity to the world. After all humor dissolves all karma!

What You Should Be Thinking About?

There are literally as many motifs and symbols for tattoos as there are ideas for art in the world. When choosing a design it might benefit to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What inspires me?
  • What do I aspire to?
  • What gives me strength?

These three simple questions should trigger your gray matter to come up with an idea of what is meaningful “marking” for you. So… are you ready to get inked? If you like the idea of getting a tattoo but want more insider information and you would like to download over 10,000 top tattoo designs be sure to sign up and visit
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