Caring for your tattoo

Caring for your tattoo

Caring for your tattoo is perhaps the most important factor when you initially have body inking done, but also for the long term.  When people get tattoos they are excited and can’t wait to see the final product. So they spend time selecting the perfect designs for their body art, on the size, the colours and the placement to make sure that it turns out just as they imagined it. However, the most important thing factor is how to care for the tattoo once it has been inked. Poor care of your tattoo increases the chance of infection which prevents the skin healing process.  The end result can be a less desirable looking tattoo:

Caring for your tattoo – professional advice

Assuming you are having your tattoo done by a professional tattoo artist, they should be in a good position to offer you best advice on how to care for it.  They can guide you on how to act until the skin is completely healed

Caring for your tattoo – general advice

There are a number of basic factors which you should adopt to the general care of your tattoo to permit proper healing.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – bandages

Allow the bandages to remain in place for a good few hours after the tattoo artist has finished his work.  So he will advise you on this, but the bandages allow any blood or secretions to be absorbed and taken away from the skin.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – washing

Caring for your tattoo
Caring for your tattoo

The use of gentle antibacterial soap with is unscented is recommended.  Wash the area often throughout the day to avoid infection.   This washing process should be continued for at about three weeks until the skin has completely healed. So strong antibacterial detergents and soaps should be avoided as they can delay the skin’s natural healing process.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – hydration

After washing the tattooed area, apply a special healing ointment to keep the area hydrated.  This can speed up the healing process and helps the body art to be in the best possible condition.  So later you can use other moisturisers of your choice.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – clothing

It is ill-advised to wear tight clothing over the area where you have the new tattoo. You don’t want the material to rub on the tattoo’s surface as it might become damaged.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – sleep position

Try to adopt a sleep position that limits the chance of rubbing against the tattoo as it can hinder the healing process.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – pools and the sea

It is best to avoid completely swimming pools, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, the sea and the ocean during the healing process.  The healing process can also be delayed with sun exposure and the area getting sweaty. So taking a shower should be brief and not too warm so that the tattoo is not damaged.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – picking and scratching

On no account should you pick, scratch or peal the tattooed area. So the secret is to let the body art heal as naturally to enjoy best results and colours of your tattoo.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – aftercare products

Buy the best tattoo aftercare creams and ointments that you can afford. Quality products reduce the risk of infection and inflammation of the tattooed area.  So they help repair and hydrate the skin and keep a tattoo looking great.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary

Tattoos permanent versus temporary is a decision anyone wanting a tattoo can now make. The option of having temporary tattoos is perhaps one of the reason tattoos have become increasingly popular. Some people like the idea of having permanent markings on their body. This is perhaps what attracted them to tattoos in the first place. It made a statement of who they are and was a way for them to publically or privately (depending on the placement of the inking) express themselves. Others however are not prepared to make the decision to permanently mark their bodies for a number of reasons, each being specific to their own situation. Inking the body with tattoos is a type of skin pigment implantation. There are two options for tattooing or pigment implantation: permanent and temporary.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary – Permanent

As the name states these are tattoos that by their very nature permanently add a colour to the skin pigment. With age the colour of tattoos slowly fade out, however they never completely go unless you undertake certain treatments. The obvious treatment for removing a tattoo is is laser surgery. Laser treatment can be used to remove the colour pigments from skin. The cost of doing so is very expensive and the process itself is exceptionally painful. The cost to remove a permanent tattoo is far greater than the original cost of having the ink work in the first place. Therefore it is vital to be certain that you really want to have a permanent tattoo before you start getting inked up.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary – Temporary

Temporary tattoos are very different to permanent ones. It is only the epidermis, which is the outer layers of skin which is coloured. As skin cells die the tattoo will fade out. Usually, temporary tattoos last for 2-3 weeks, but it clearly depend on how it is cared for. If you wash the tattooed area with soay and hot water it is likely to fade more quickly.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary – Differences

Apart from the obvious, several differences exist between permanent and temporary tattoos as can be see below.

Differences – After effects

When you have a permanent tattoo it takes more than three weeks for your skin to heal. During this time, you have to keep water completely away from the area.

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Tattoos permanent versus temporary

With temporary skin colouring, there is no healing time as there is no damage made to your skin. One exception to this might be if your skin is allergic to the colours used. You can wash the tattoo off anytime you like with hot water and soap. It usually takes two to three weeks to fade away naturally.

Differences – Pain

The process of inking your body permanently is very painful and you need to have a reasonable high pain threshold to bear it. On the other hand, for temporary ones, no pain at all is experienced as it is only paints and stickers that are used to make the body markings.

Differences – Blood

Although it is nothing to squirm about, you do see some blood with permanent skin pigmentation. But of course with temporary colouring, there is never any blood seen from your skin.

Differences – Cost

Having is a costly affair and a permanent body inking can be a very costly, but this of course will depend on the intricacy and time it take for the artist to complete the design. Again for temporary tattoos the bigger and more complicated the design, the longer it takes the artist to do, the more expensive it will be. But in general comparing like for like, permanent body art will cost you significantly more than temporary body art.


Tattoos Common Misconceptions

Tattoos Common Misconceptions

Tattoos Common Misconceptions come from all sort of people. Tattoos can be a great way for people to express themselves and convey how they feel. However they become hesitant about proceeding due to the misconceptions of people around them. They worry what people will think of them and assume about them if they have body inkings.

This is quite a usual reaction when people are considering their first tattoo. Very often it is the people closest who make negative remarks and start to make judgements. Common misconceptions and judgments about people with tattoos are as follows:

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos are weird

People think this because not everyone wants to have body inkings over their body. It is particularly the case if someone has colourful graphic tattoos in very visible placements on their body. If the design is different or unusual, people might associate that person as being someone who is different and unusual. People are often quick to judge and come to conclusions.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos live an unconventional lifestyle

Tattoos Common Misconceptions
Tattoos Common Misconceptions


Some might think that people with tattoos are weird and live abnormal lives, or have strange thoughts running through their heads. Because they assume this they further might consider that that people with tattoos like unconventional things. They might consider that people with body paint will make unusual choices in their lives.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos attention seekers

There are always people who will assume someone with tattoos is trying to attract attention to themselves. The same type of person might assume the same of people who make different lifestyle choices or decisions which don’t conform to main street.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos are impulsive

With the miscomprehension that someone is weird because they have a tattoo and that because it’s likely to lead to negative consequences, there will be those who might conclude that that decision to have body inking was made in haste and without thinking. They then might assume that people with tattoos are generally impulsive and the type of people who don’t think matters through in a careful way.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos will regret their decision

As stated above, some people think that getting tattooed is a result of impulse behaviour. It then results that if decisions are made with little thought, it’s likely that they be regretted. If you follow the thought process further, being tattooed is painful and not easy to remove. So, when someone loses their appreciation for the particular body art, in can be deduced that eventually all people who have tattoos eventually come to regret.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – summary

The above are some of the common misconceptions or prejudgments that people hear once they are tattooed. So those who are thinking of getting their first tattoo need to prepare for possible negative comments and be confident that they can shake them off. At the end of the day, having a piece of body art is a very personal matter and if someone decides it is what they want it is their prerogative to do so.

If you want to have a piece of body art on your skin, it should be just fine. It’s your right to do whatever you want as long as nobody suffers because of your act. Art is beautiful, and it becomes even more beautiful if it is done with no harm intended.




Everyone has their own views about tattoos. Some people love them whiles other don’t. It’s kind of a Marmite, ´love it hate it’ thing. Over the past fifty years, tattoos have gradually become more accepted in modern society. Previously having a body art was viewed by some as being rebellious. So clearly even today there are those who dislike the idea of permanent markings on the body, but views have softened.

Tattoos – History

The word ‘tattoo’ comes from a Tahitian word ‘tatu’ – to mark something. So how long have tattoos been about?
In 1991, the amazing natural mummy nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ was discovered in the Ötztal Alps on the Austria-Italian border. The man who is dated to have lived between 3359 and 3105 BC would now be 5300 years old. The Iceman had a total of 61 tattoos on his body. These were a collection of black lines 3mm thick and 7-40mm long. They were groups of parallel lines running vertically on the lumbar spine, as well as the left wrist, right ankle and behind the right knee with several


markings or ‘tattoos’ on his legs. Closer examination revealed that the tattoos were made from a pigment of soot or fireash.
So it goes without saying that tattoos are not a modern concept and have been around for thousands of years.

Tattoos – Origin

Body art was used in ancient cultures thousands of years ago as it was believed it would protect a person from disease. The use of needles with ink to mark a body was initially used in Egypt. It then spread to Greece and Arabia and then to Asia. Initially tattoos were used to mark criminals to make it easy to identify them. It was in Japan where tattoos were changed into a form of art. The Japanese mafia used tattoos to intimidate people. Several centuries back wealthy families had their family crests tattooed on their bodies, but this gradually was phased out.

Tattoos – Tools

The tools and equipment employed for tattooing have changed significantly over the years. Originally pieces of sharp bone were use, eventually electric machines, and now modern electric pens. So having your body tattooed has become fairly simple, which is perhaps why it has lost some of its appeal to those who were being inked to stand out and express themselves.

Over recent years the art of body tattoos has become very popular again all over the world. These days it s estimated that 3-4 people out of 10 have some time of body tattoo. So with the advent of temporary ink the market for tattoos exploded. It became more appealing to many people who liked the idea of tattoos, but didn’t like the idea of permanent body marks. The trend is sure to continue.

Getting the first tattoo

Getting the first tattoo

Getting the first tattoo can be both a terrifying yet exciting thought. People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons.
Most people have lots of questions. The good news is you can do plenty of research to get those questions answered. Some questions include: the cost, how much it will hurt and whether it is safe. When getting a first tattoo, here are some things to consider:

Getting the first tattoo – don’t rush into it

There is no need to rush into getting your first tattoo. In fact taking time before you get your first tattoo is advised. The most important part of the first tattoo is the design and style. You should look online to research the design options even before you go to see a tattoo artist. If you want a unique design you can ask the tattoo artist to do a sketch for you on paper. Most importantly, don’t actually get your tattoo until you are completely happy with the artwork and design.

Getting the first tattoo – research the artist and tattoo parlour

Knowing where to get your tattoo is the next most important aspect of getting your first tattoo. You need to check and research the artist and tattoo parlour. Often people go by personal recommendation, but otherwise you can go online and check reviews on social media sites. Once you have identified a couple of possible artists and tattoo parlours, it is best to go to visit them in person to get to know the tattoo artist, his place of work and its standards in terms of hygiene. Get all your research done and be completely informed before you actually have your tattoo.

Getting the first tattoo – ask questions

Asking questions to your tattoo artist is really important. A professional artist will understand your concerns and be happy to answer all of your questions In addition they will ensure you are completely relaxed before you actually start getting a tattoo. If you don’t feel comfortable with the tattoo artist or don’t get all your questions answered, its probably best to keep looking until you find an artist you are 100% comfortable with. This is of course a very personal matter.

Getting the first tattoo – placement

Some people want large visible tattoos to make a statement or show off their personalities and styles. Very often, this isn’t often the case for the person getting their first tattoo. If you are getting a tattoo for personal enjoyment or for someone you want to share it with, then you need to find a more discrete placement for the tattoo.

Getting the first tattoo
Getting the first tattoo

Also is can be important to have the tattoo in a discrete place if you need to keep it out of site for work reasons or future employment prospects. Fortunately, there are plenty of discrete spots on the body where you can do. A few examples are: the inner wrist, the ankle, behind the ear, under feet, between fingers, inner lip, under breasts (for women) under the armpit.

Getting the first tattoo – bargain hunting

So you have taken your time and pinned down the exact design you want. You have successfully researched the tattoo parlour and have got comfortable with the tattoo artist. All your questions have been answered and you’ve even decided the cheeky placement spot for your first tattoo.The very worst thing you can now do is start bargain hunting. If you have done your research and your criteria above have been met, don’t start looking for cheap or bargain options as this increases the chances of inferior work standards and even infection. Of course you shouldn’t pay over the odds and should compare prices between a couple of artists, but don’t let price become your determining criteria.