Here are some commonly asked questions about getting a tattoo.
Does it hurt? Done in a professional setting, getting a tattoo is only mildly irritating,annoying at best. Within a few minutes, the body begins to release endorphins (natural pain killers ). This eases the discomfort. Most refer to the feeling as a vibrating pinch. The more relaxed you are, the easier the process.
If I lose or gain weight, will it affect my tattoo? Not usually. The skin has a lot of elasticity (stretch) that naturally adjusts for changes in the body. During pregnancy, a woman’s abdomen will stretch considerably and tattoos along the waistline will be distorted, but once the body returns to normal, the tattoo will take its original shape. Deep stretch marks can damage tattoos, but repairs are usually possible. Building muscle wont effect the shape of a tattoo, but can make it look smaller on the enlarged surface area.
Can a tattoo be removed? Yes. Modern laser technology can effectively remove most tattoos within a few visits. HOWEVER..removal is much more expensive and does leave some light scarring…. THINK FIRST!
What makes a tattoo fade? Mainly the sun. lighter colors tend to fade first; white, yellow, light blue, etc. The quality of pigments used and how well the tattoo was applied are direct factors in the longevity of a tattoo. A top-quality, professional tattoo will last a lifetime with good initial care and a little sunblock. Also, the lighter the skin tone, the brighter the colors will be.
Are there any areas you can’t put a tattoo? Heavy callous areas such as around heels,elbows and fingers aren’t well suited for tattooing. These areas tend to wear fairly quickly and the result is a smudgy-looking blur. Toes and knees are also bad area to have a tattoo. REMEMBER.. Tattoos last your entire life, you should place them where they will always look good.
What are the most popular designs? Certain designs have been part of modern tattooing now for decades, such as the panther, rose, eagle and the butterfly. Current favorites are the sun, daisies, dolphins and tribal style. Many studios specialize in custom work, where each design is crafted for the individual.
How long before I can resume normal activities after getting a tattoo (Swimming, Running etc.) ? About 2 weeks. Within a couple days a light, dry,flaky layer of skin will develop over the tattooed area. Maintain a small amount of lotion on the skin during this period to keep it from getting dry and itchy. Most of the flaking will end in about a week resulting in a shiny, wrinkled layer of new skin. Once this happens, you can return to your normal activities. If any smaller spots take longer to heal, wait until they’re done.
What are the chances of getting AID/HIV from a tattoo? In a professional licensed tattoo studio that maintains a strict method of sanitation, Zero. Always make sure the equipment is Single Service Use! All instruments and needles need to be autoclave sterilized and the pigments used on each person Thrown Away! Make sure the artist follows these procedures and works in a sanitary environment! Getting a tattoo by an amateur in their home can be very dangerous, especially if they have no knowledge of sterilization or safe operating procedures. Bacterial infections, hepatitis and syphilis are prevalent in a dirty work environment. The money spent in a professional tattoo studio is well worth the assurance that the only thing you will get is a tattoo