FAQ and Skincare
I frequently get so many questions about tattooing process, and tattoo aftercare so I just dropped a bunch below for your consideration. If you have any more questions that are not mentioned here please let me know and I'll be happy to answer to you personally.
Are Tattoos safe?
As long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions, getting a tattoo is perfectly safe. Make sure you're fully honest about any medical conditions.
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 charge very little. But, look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. Never haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. Think of it this way: This is a piece of art you'll wear for life.
To get a price estimation you'll need a basic idea of the design, its size and location, figured out before nabbing a quote.
Why does the artist not post my tattoo?
Don't feel offended when your artist does'nt post your tattoo on their social media as it is usually because the tattoo does'nt look good on the photos, the lighting was bad etc. or it just does'nt fit their feed. A lot of artist also just do too many tattoos every day to post every single one online.
Does it hurt?
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. Not going to kid you, though—it does hurt. Just not that much. But people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad. Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pain here and there.
Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant or breast-feeding?
No, I do not tattoo women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is usually a preventive measure due to the risk of infection and other factors.
Before the Appointment
Prepare your body for the tattoo
A strong and healthy body is very important before getting tattooed as it needs a lot of energy to cope with the pain and healing. Make sure to sleep at least 8 hours the night before your appointment, have a proper meal and drink lots of water.
No drugs or alcohol
Do not consume any drugs or alcohol 24 hours before your booking. This will affect the tattoo process and the final result. Alcohol thins your blood, which can make the tattooing process trickier for your artist, and can worsen your healing too.
I might not be able to continue the tattoo and may have to reschedule your appointment.
Be on time
Please don't be late to your tattoo appointment!
Tattooists usually have more than one appointment a day and the schedule is tight. If you can't make it in time please tell me as soon as possible. If there is not enough time left to do the tattoo, I may have to reschedule your appointment, which will cause you to lose your deposit.
Cancel or Reschedule
If you are getting sick before your appointment or want to cancel/reschedule, please let me know as soon as possible. Cancelations less than 24 hours prior to the appointment might lose their deposit.
Please don't bring more than one person to accompany you or preferably come alone as any extra person in my small studio is a distraction to my focus.
Bring snacks and drinks
Staying hydrated during the tattoo session is important as well as having the option to eat something small in between to keep your body strong and mind happy.
Taking care of your tattoo properly is crucial for reducing your chances of a negative reaction such as an infection and making your tattoo look as good as possible for as long as possible.
First 3 - 6 days
After the tattoo is done I'll be putting a transparent hydrocolloid patch on the wound. This product cushions and helps keep dirt and germs out while locking the body's natural healing fluids in and helps prevent scabbing. Leave this on for 4 - 7 days.
Tattoos will ooze plasma so the tattoo underneath the patch might look dirty and blurred out, which is completely normal during the healing process.
What to avoid in the first 4 weeks
To make sure your tattoo heals properly please don't expose your tattoo to the sun or soak your tattoo in water, that means don't take a bath, go for a swim or sauna. Showering is okay and definitely necessary to keep your tattoo clean.
Don't wear tight clothes or jewelery that could rub against your new tattoo and please do not pick or itch the wound as it will cause scaring and ruin your tattoo.
After the patch is removed
When your tattoo patch is starting to peel off or after a maximung of 7 days, gently remove the plaster with warm water.
Touch your tattoo with clean hands only and wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap and pat dry twice a day. Now you can apply the tattoo ointment in a thin layer 2 - 3 times a day.
I recommend "Hustle Butter" tattoo creme as it has the best results and is all natural. You can buy it in my studio.
How to take care of healed tattoos
After your tattoo is healed completely (after around 4 - 5 weeks) make sure to put sunscreen everytime you go out into the sun for a longer period to avoid fading.
Also, keeping your skin hydrated will make your tattoo look even better.