Tattoo Information Tips

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Does it hurt to get a tattoo?

Do They Hurt?

There is pain with a tattoo, but your brain manufactures endorphins to help you manage the pain. If the tattoo is close to the bone, it hurts more. Private areas hurt a lot.Upper thighs on the outside don't hurt too bad, but the inside smarts. Anything close to knees and ankles really stings. After the tattoo is on your skin, it will feel like a sunburn for a day or two, and then it will itch.

   
Where do I get ideas for tattoos?

Looking for a Design?

If you want a tattoo but don't know exactly what you want, look at a tattoo magazine or an on-line tattoo e-zine. Art galleries, photo studios, sketch books, animation magazines and books, and comic books all could be inspiration for a great design.

   
My tattoo is now a month old. What do I do with it?

Tattoo Care

After a month, your tattoo should no longer look like a puffy sticker, and you should not be able to feel it. The color is what you are going to have. Continue to moisturize the skin, and make sure to keep it out of the sun. Your tattoos always look better if the surrounding skin looks good too.

   
How do I know I really want a tattoo?

Wild Child for a Day

So you want a tattoo? Investigate with temporary tattoos. There are beautiful bands, designs, full arm pieces, and lots of choices in the temporary realm. Try out different possibilities, different places on your body to help you decide if you really want a tattoo at this point in your life.

   
What is flash?

Flash

"Flash" is the designs on the walls of a tattoo shop with numbers next to them. It is a pre-done design. The artist transfers a copy to your skin, then tattoos following the design.

   
Can I get permanent eye makeup?

Don't Tattoo Close to the Eye

For permanent cosmetics or a tattoo, anything near the eyes is too risky. Something could go wrong and you could lose your vision or even your whole eye.

   
After I get a tattoo, what should I protect it with?

After Care

After you get your tattoo, the tattoo artist should put a salve on your new tattoo, a gauze, tape the gauze around the tattoo area, and then wrap in plastic wrap to preserve a sterile zone until you get home. About 2 hours later, take a shower and lightly rinse the tattoo. Then pat dry, and apply salve as recommended by your artist.

   
Can I get a temporary tattoo?

Decals

If you have no artistic talent, but can follow directions, you can use temporary tattoos. All you do is peel the plastic off, wet the paper while it's stuck to your body part, and peel the paper off.

   
Are there more creative temporary tattoos than those decals?

Color Yourself Tattoos

If you have some artistic skill in the decorating realm, you can find temporary tattoo kits. They provide an outline tattoo that you transfer to your body part, either with water or alcohol, and then you paint the color in with special body paints.

   
Are all temporary tattoos the same?

Types of Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos can be found in almost any drugstore,usually in the cosmetic section. They last one to three days. There are kits that come with black and white "flash", and you fill in the designs with special tattoo paint. These can last for several days to a week. Mehndi/Henna kits are also a temporary form of tattoo. This requires a steady hand and careful application of a paste that must be left on for several hours for good results.

   
How do I apply a temporary tattoo?

Applying Temporary Tattoos

The easiest temporary tattoos come on a shiny sheet of paper with a plastic top. Peel the plastic off, put the tattoo face down on your clean skin, and wet the back of the paper with a cloth until the paper is soaked through. The tattoo will slide off the paper, and stick to your skin. After 2 or 3 days, remove with baby oil.

   
Is it save to shave over a new tattoo?

Shaving

Getting a tattoo doesn't stop hair from growing on the inked area of the skin. Shave around the tattoo until raised bumps, scabs and irritation are gone. This may take anywhere from 10 days to a month.

   
What do I need to do before I get a tattoo?

Preparation

If you want to get a tattoo, condition your skin with lotion before you go so it is in good condition, ready to absorb the ink. Do not have too dark a tan, since that will change your pigment temporarily, and your tattoo will look different when your skin fades. Look at a lot of tattoos before you decide what you want. Don't be afraid to discuss your own ideas with the artist.

   
What is a tribal?

Tribal Designs

Tribal designs are usually black tattoos, in a stylistic shape of an animal, spirit, face, weapon, or sometimes a shape. Designs can be small, like an arm band, or an entire back piece, and everything in between.

   
Why does my tattoo look dull all of a sudden?

Dull-looking Tattoo

In the winter months, sometimes tattoos take on a dull look. The skin that surrounds the tattoo is in need of moisturizing.

   
What happens after I get a tattoo?

Follow Up Care

The tattoo artist or someone in the studio will tell you about follow up care. You will generally leave with a paper towel or absorbent paper covering the tattoo, to keep the air off it, and the blood in. After about 2 hours, gently take a shower and wash the tattoo off, then put on a good layer of antibacterial salve or bag balm. Keep it out of the sun, and after a couple of days, use moisturizing lotion.

   
Can you personalize a temporary tattoo?

Keep Love Alive with a Secret Tattoo!

A temporary tattoo is a fun way to surprise your sweetheart.. and now it doesn't even have to be permanent to be personalized! Temporary tattoos like these from Temptu can be customized with the name of your sweetheart ( or anything you love for that matter). So get that secret tattoo with your sweetie's name on it and keep love alive!

   
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