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Tattoo Tips…

So one day you wake up and finally decide
to get a tattoo – correction – your first tattoo. That’s great, but you need to know a few things before actually doing it. Since Portsmouth has one of UK’s most tattooed populations, it seems appropriate that Mayhem! should give some advice to any tattoo newbie out there.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GET?

Whether you appreciate the fine body art, you’re a rebel or you just think it’s the right thing to do – but what should you get? Whether it’ll be a butterfly, dragon or lettering, think it over carefully because a tattoo usually aims to either make a personal statement, help you remember something dear to you or just decorate your natural canvas.

Also make sure you have figured out where you want to place it and take into consideration whether or not your choice will affect your job prospects. Don’t forget that the
big companies show a rather conservative outlook on tattoos.

PICK YOUR TATTOO ARTIST


Ask your friends or just people you know whose tattoo you like. Check out a few studios and talk to the artists – you’re looking for someone who’ll take time to sit down with you and discuss ideas, whether they’re applicable for the body part you’d like to get inked and whether your design can be modified to look better. Once you’ve found the right artist, make sure the studio is clean and the equipment is sterile and new. Everything needs to be opened in front of you – from the needles to the gloves.

PAY A VISIT TO YOUR GP


Ask if it’s safe enough for you to get inked with regards to any allergies or skin conditions you might have. If you’re given the green light – splendid, if not, better steer away from the idea.

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT AND START
 YOUR MENTAL PREPARATION.


First tattoos are exciting because you don’t know what to expect.
Pain is dependent on your individual threshold, expertise of the tattoo artist and of course the place where you’re getting the work. It will probably sting a bit, but it’s manageable. Most importantly –
be well rested and relaxed so you don’t feel any discomfort and don’t take any painkillers, alcohol or drugs before your appointment as they can make you bleed more.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO?

  • First and most importantly – follow the instructions given to you by the studio.
  • Keep the bandage on for as long as you are told.
  • 
Only wash the tattoo with anti-bacterial soap, otherwise you might dry out the tattoo. This may cause a serious itch and redness.
  • Do not scratch you will damage the skin and the tattoo most likely.
  • Use an antibiotic ointment.
  • Keep it away from direct sunlight pools and hot tubs. Avoid getting tattooed in the summer because it is the season in which your tattoo is likely to get irritated by sun, heat, dust, sand and etc.
  • Do not pick the scabs, they’ll fall off when it heals.
  • It will heal fully within one to three weeks.

So there you go, we wish you luck with your new work of art.

 

Written by Anabela Gavrilova