The Upsurging Trend of Tattoo Art
Sporting tattoos and piercing has become a fast growing trend. For more than half of the population, it is a fashion statement, something they are more than proud to flaunt or to show off.
Whereas for some of the populace tattoos are a means to depict something of huge significance on the skin through the permanent inking.
If you are such a tattoo fanatic, i.e you love getting those funky tattoos or tattoo coverups, then you need to carefully go through all the precautions discussed below.
A Few Concerns
Tattooing causes some open wounds or infections and may lead to severe bleeding, cross-contamination, blood borne diseases like hepatitis etc, if not done properly or in the case of contaminated/infected instruments being used.
Things to be Cautious About Before Visiting a Studio
- Make sure that the studio is reputable.
- The entire staff and the studio area should be hygienic and clean.
- Agree to get tattooed only if the studio has an autoclave (an equipment used to sterilize the necessary equipment).
- The needles utilised in the process must be used only once and are to be taken out from individual packages in front of you just before the procedure.
- The staff should wear brand new latex gloves during each of the inking processes.
- The ink that is used to create a tattoo is to be placed in a single-use cup and then disposed of.
- Other than that, the ink should never be taken directly from the main source bottle or returned back to that bottle.
- Ask the staff and other professionals about after-care instructions. Read and understand the instructions before getting inked.
Tattoo Aftercare Tips for You
- Generally, tattoos take a few weeks to heal. You’ll find some scabs over the tattoo. This shows that the tattoo is healing.
- The tattoo might be itchy, but don’t scratch or pick at it.
- Some tattoo specialists might put a bandage over the tattooed area. Remove it within an hour or by next morning depending on your personal preferences and situation.
- During the healing process, gently and carefully wash your tattooed area with a mild anti-bacterial soap and pat it dry with a clean towel. Don’t rub the towel hard.
- Apply some water-based ointment over the area until the scabs flake off. Use a Vitamin A, D or E ointment or any other ointment based product as suggested by the physician.
- After the tattoo has totally healed you can apply a soothing, moisturising lotion over it, to keep the skin healthy and nourished.
- Prevent dipping your tattooed area inside the bathtub and don’t go swimming until and unless the tattoo is completely healed.
- Sunlight usually damages the tattoo ink, so apply a high SPF sunblock to the tattoo to prevent any damage to it.
Usually, tattoo’s are permanent. Some people go for tattoo coverup’s to change the design, whenever they get bored of it. For a permanent removal you ought to visit a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon as a plastic surgery or a laser removal (not available everywhere) are the only limited options available for the tattoo removal process.