Does it hurt ?
The simple answer is, yes it does. However, not as much as some people might like you to believe, as after a short period of time your body’s natural pain-killers (endorphins), kick in and make things much more manageable. How long these endorphins last usually defines your natural ‘limit’ as to how long a tattoo session you can handle (usually between 2-3 hours), after this time you will tend to become more uncomfortable. The pain of a tattoo is often likened to a mild burning sensation or a cat scratch. However, the real factor as to how much a tattoo hurts is really down to where you intend to get it.
Any area directly over bone will be particularly sensitive; this includes ribs, feet, hands, head, and pelvis to name a few. Add to this the number of nerve endings in an area and this defines the most painful places. If you are looking for a less painful spot, then you should consider a less sensitive area protected by a large muscle; such as the fore-arm, upper-arm, shoulder, calf and thigh. That being said, everyone’s pain threshold varies, so there are no hard and fast answers to this question.
Should I have a drink before my tattoo to relax my nerves ?
No. This is not advisable for several very real reasons, other than the obvious difficulties of tattooing a drunk person, and the fact that any good tattooist will refuse to tattoo you if you have. The main reason is that alcohol thins your blood considerably. In turn this causes excessive bleeding while you are having the tattoo, which not only makes it difficult for the tattoo artist, but will have the effect of ‘washing out’ ink as it is being put in. This makes the process much longer, and can produce poor results. Alcohol can have an effect for several days, so it is also not a good idea to have a tattoo after a night drinking, even if you have not consumed anything on the day. This apply also for using any kind of drugs.
What should I do on the day of my tattoo ?
There are several things you can do to make your experience easier and more enjoyable. Firstly, try and make sure you have had something to eat and drink about an hour before your tattoo. During the tattoo, your body behaves in a way very similar to going into shock, as it generates endorphins to deal with the attack on the skin. This can cause a drop in blood sugar, resulting in light-headedness, and sometimes nausea or fainting. Having a meal and consuming natural sugars, such as orange juice can help to prevent this. If you feel faint during your tattoo, let your artist know immediately, and they will help you through it. Don’t be ashamed of telling them, if you have chosen your studio wisely, they will be totally sympathetic to your needs and help you through the experience with dignity. Often a tattoo studio will offer you hard boiled sweets or a lolly to help keep your sugar up during the tattoo.
Secondly, think about what you are going to wear. You know where you are likely to get your tattoo, so make sure you dress so that you can expose this general area while at the same time maintaining your dignity. Usually the studio area can be covered (door closed or a screen put in place), if you are feeling particularly vulnerable. Have these conversations with your studio and they should be able to tell you what they can put in place to make you feel comfortable. Don’t wear your Sunday best. While tattoo ink will generally not stain clothes, and your artist will do everything they can to keep your clothing clean, there is always the possibility of getting ink on your clothes so dark clothing is favourable. Tattoo ink is very concentrated, and will go a very long way, so it’s always best to bear this in mind when choosing the day’s wardrobe. If you do need to remove tattoo ink from your clothing, you will need to do so on a very hot wash.
Thirdly, don't shave the area : we will take care of it when you'll come. Other things you may want to consider bringing might include an MP3 player, or other distraction like a book or smart phone etc. Some people like to chat to the tattooist, others like stony silence, others prefer a distraction like the things mentioned above.
1) Keep your SANIDERM bandage on for a minimum of 3 days, and a maximum of 5 days.
2) After removal of bandage wash thoroughly with hot water and preferably a mild, liquid, UNSCENTED, soap.
3) Pat dry with a clean paper towel and let air dry for 10 minutes before applying aftercare.
4) Apply a THIN layer of product (we recommend REDEMPTION TATTOO CARE) and massage in to the skin to the point where it just barely looks moist. DO NOT GOOP ON A PILE OF OINTMENT.
5) KEEP YOUR TATTOO CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER : it is a matter of common sense. If you are out and about, working, getting dirty, wash it more than if you are sitting on the couch watching Sons of Anarchy re-runs. You need to wash you tattoo at least 3 times a day, and put REDEMPTION 5 to 7 times a day.
6) Repeat this process for two weeks. It will peel like a sunburn after a few days. It is totally normal to see colored flakes of skin shedding. If it does scab in a few areas this is nothing to worry about, just let them fall off on their own. DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT THEM.
7) NO SUN, NO SOAKING IN WATER OF ANY KIND, even in the gorgeous Florida !
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