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The most common question asked is if a tattoo hurts.
The answer is yes. Although the mental anticipated pain can be more intense than the actual physical pain. The level of pain varies on the various places on your body, some hurt more and some hurt a heck of a lot less. If you are nervous about your tattoo design or the skill of your tattoo artist, the pain could become intolerable. Some people think that a strong drink will help the pain, it does, but it also thins your blood, causing excessive bleeding which is bad in itself, but also obscures the tattoo artists view of the stencil which could mean that they may make mistakes, and mistakes tend to be permanent.
Some people drink aspirin or paracetamol before getting there tattoo done, which also thins the blood, so not a great idea either. Fortunately there is something that can be done, and that is using a numbing cream; there are various sorts on the market, so knock yourself (skin) out!
Have a look at our pain chart in our Ink About it tattoo guide to see where it will hurt the most.
Will I Bleed?
The tattoo needle shouldn't cause you to bleed too much, if at all. The ink is deposited on the second or middle layer of skin away from the blood vessels. If the tattoo artist doesn't know the various skin thickness's or how far to push, then it can cause problems.
Deciding on your design is not something to be taken lightly.
Here on Tattoo Planner we have loads of tattoo designs that you could use for your inspiration. Look everywhere for design ideas, and make the tattoo personal and unique. This is a permanent work of art on your body, so the decision should be thought through properly. We recommend that once you have chosen a design that you make it your wallpaper on your PC or phone, and even stick it on your refrigerator for an extended period. Personally I’d say for 3 months and if then you still love it… do it!
Just as important as choosing the correct design, is choosing where on your body to put it. For first time tattoos, playing it safe and putting it on your torso where it can be covered by a t-shirt is advisable.
The studio and tattoo artist you choose in the end should be an educated decision.
Time should be spent researching artists and their styles. And remember in the tattoo world quality comes before speed. A good way to spot talented artists is through looking at their work for straight and clean lines, smooth shading as well as if everything is in proportion. Take all this into consideration when choosing the person who will ink your body. Always ask to see the artist’s finished work. Basically look at other peoples tattoos and see how good the work is, and if you’re happy with it, then use the same artist. Our advice is to use an artist with minimum 5-7 years of experience. Yes we understand that in order to gain experience they need to do work, but let them practice on someone else. For more information about choosing the right artist have a look at our How To Select A Quality Tattoo Artist article.
NB, New sterile needles must always be used!
Make sure the studio you choose uses new needles and sanitized equipment; we recommend the use of an autoclave. This is an expensive sterilization tool used in hospitals. This ensures that all reusable items in the tattooing process are cleansed between clients. Another safety caution is that the artist must wear gloves while doing the procedure, and a mask too if possible. Your skin is being pierced, and the gloves and mask protects both parties.
You are in charge of caring for your tattoo as soon as you walk out of the studio.
If you do not care for your tattoo properly it can lead to infection. After your tattoo application, the artist will wrap your tattoo in a protective bandage of some sort. Leave this bandage on for the first three to four hours after the application. It is fine to shower after getting a tattoo, but make sure not to submerge the tattoo in water. Pat the tattoo area dry instead of rubbing it as this can cause irritation. A thin layer of moisturiser should be applied to the area three to four times a day. Studios recommend various products; we've found that baby nappy rash cream works well. The key healing time is the first few days; however the tattoo won’t be completely healed until one full skin cycle (28 days). A light layer of moisturiser is recommended for the first four weeks.
In the first few weeks the top layer of skin over your tattoo will start to flake and peel off. This is natural, just do not scratch at the area, instead let it flake naturally. If you pick or peal it off prematurely the ink will be drawn out and you may have faded patches or worse, so leave it.
Swimming pools, saunas, and hot tubs can be breeding ground for bacteria. Your skin was punctured during the tattoo process and therefore your skin is susceptible to infection. The first 28 days are crucial and you should avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Once the tattoo has healed an SPF of 50 or more is recommended to protect your tattoo. Excessive sun exposure without protection can cause fading too and even alters the colour of your tattoo, so be careful.
At the end of the day… you only live once!
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