So, you’re thinking about getting a new tattoo, but you’ve decided to skip the impulsivity that often times comes with tattoos and start planning ahead. Maybe this is your first tattoo; maybe it’s your tenth. Regardless of how many tattoos you have, there are always things you need to think about beforehand, and doing so can pay off big with the perfect tattoo.
As someone who has gotten tattoos since I was 18, I’ve realized that the older I get, the more important it is to take my time when going through the process. The excitement of getting my first, second, third tattoo was so overwhelming that I didn’t fully think them through. You might say that I acted on impulse.
Don’t get me wrong, the excitement of getting a new tattoo is an amazing feeling, but that excitement can lead regrets that later require cover ups. Since tattoos are permanent markings, it’s important to learn the process from start to finish and ask questions along the way.
There are so many questions that come with getting a tattoo. At Saniderm, we love body art and the expression it can give you. For those of you who are new to tattoos or those who still have questions about any part of the process, we have answers to your questions.
Are tattoos safe? Yes, tattoos are definitely safe as long as you have a reputable artist that follows the safety precautions. Every artist in a professional tattoo shop must learn about safety and sterilization during their apprenticeship. If someone wants you to get a tattoo in his or her home, reconsider that decision.
Does it hurt? Everyone has a different amount of pain tolerance, but yes. However, some areas of your body will hurt more than other areas. It almost feels like a hot scratching feeling. But don’t let that deter you. People would not return again and again for new tattoos if it hurt THAT bad. The moments of pain are highly outweighed by the result of your ideal tattoo.
What should I get and where? Choosing a design is one of the best parts of a new tattoo. Often times, this is where people get impulsive and choose something from the wall or a magazine. Your tattoo is an expression of yourself! No matter what the style, choose something that moves you. Think of your interests or even memories and combine them with your favorite style. Once you start to have an idea, discuss it with your artist. Professional tattoo artists are incredibly talented; you might be surprised over what they can create from your imagination.
You should also consider your professionalism with a new tattoo. Although tattoos are becoming more mainstream that does not mean it’s acceptable to all employers or clientele of the professional worker.
Where should I go for a tattoo? This is another situation where impulse tends to take control. Many people just decide they want a tattoo and go to the nearest studio without much thought. One of the most important things you can do before getting a new tattoo is to find the right studio and artist for you. A studio that is clean, sanitary and uses professional products is a studio you are likely to feel comfortable in. Look at examples of the artists’. Most artists will have portfolios that include their best work in the lounge. Take your time and see what where they are limited or where they excel.
Once you find someone you like, talk to them and see where they tattoo. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the design you are thinking of and about their work. You may have to spend a few hours with them so make sure they’re personable and friendly.
How much is it going to cost? When it comes to the cost of anything, remember that you get what you pay for. There are plenty of tattoo shops that are cheap, but it’s worth it to pay a little extra. If you’re worried about the cost, talk to your artist to see what the total will come to and schedule it a few weeks or months away so you can save enough money. This is something you will have for life so it’s better to pay now for quality work.
Don’t forget to show your tattoo artist that you appreciate them by tipping. There isn’t a guide for tipping, but think of two things. How much can you afford and how much you feel it is worth. Tips are a great way to show your appreciation to artists.
Dealing with tattoo aftercare: Once you finally have your fresh new tattoo, take care of it! Your artist isn’t responsible for any infection or problems you have with your tattoo if you don’t take care if it properly. Your perfect tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken and a tattoo is never complete until its fully healed.
Before your tattoo, ask your artist what they use to cover up the tattoo when they are finished. One of the most progressive and health conscious aftercare solutions is Saniderm, which you can buy in individual portions on our products page if your artist doesn’t carry it. If they do carry Saniderm, they will clean and dry the new tattoo and surrounding skin then peel off the paper backing of Sandierm to reveal the adhesive side followed by gently applying it over the tattoo.
Leave the first piece of Sandierm on for 8-24 hours, depending on how much the tattoo bleeds. Ask your artist for an extra piece of Saniderm before you leave so you can keep it clean after the first patch. Remove the bandage, clean and dry the area throroughly and apply the second piece of Saniderm. The second piece can be worn for up to 6 days, virtually eliminating the hassle of traditional aftercares.
If your artist doesn’t use Saniderm, they will explain the healing process they use which is usually washing your tattoo in lukewarm water with antibacterial soap without a washcloth. Once it is done air-drying, lightly apply ointment (not Neosporin) on it and continue that routine for several days.
However, I do recommend purchasing Saniderm online in individual sheets if you do want an easy, clean way to heal your tattoo without any worries or fuss. It makes tattoos stay their true colors and will help avoid future touch-ups. Plus it can go in the shower without falling off or damaging.
After the aftercare: Once your tattoo is healed, remember to protect it from the sun’s rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast, meaning touch ups may happen more often than you’d like. Always protect your tattoo with a minimum of 30SPF sunblock when you’re in the sun for an excessive amount of time. Tattoos are a life-long decision that you shouldn’t rush into. The best thing you can do for yourself is to think about every step from deciding what you want to hiring an artist to healing efficiently. The more time you spend on all of these steps, the more likely the dream of having the perfect tattoo will become a reality.
Once your tattoo is all healed, don’t forget to show it off and hashtag Saniderm on Instagram! If we didn’t answer a question that you had in mind, comment on our social media or our blog and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.